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The Village Idiot to Host Man o’ War Mural Unveiling Party

An unveiling party to celebrate a commemorative mural of the legendary racehorse Man o’ War will take place at the local pub The Village Idiot on Thursday, June 29, at 4 p.m.

Commissioned by LexArts and sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm, the 30’ x 30’ mural was painted by Mexico City native and longtime Lexington resident Agustin Zarate. It is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, which Continue reading The Village Idiot to Host Man o’ War Mural Unveiling Party

Circuit riding preachers were challenged and determined

Jadon Gibson

The state of Virginia acquired the Natural Tunnel and 100 surrounding acres in Scott County in 1967. In 1971 an additional 850 adjoining acreage was acquired and the Natural Tunnel State Park was opened.

Called the Eighth Wonder of the World by 4-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, Natural Tunnel has attracted thousands of visitors to the area for over a century. Natural Tunnel was thousands of years in the making as groundwater dissolved limestone and other material. Stock Creek took the path of least resistance, through the cave on its way to the Clinch River, after the tunnel was formed. Continue reading Circuit riding preachers were challenged and determined

Bad Talt Hall, first hanging in Wise, VA.

Jadon Gibson

It was no secret that Bad Talt Hall was making a list of men “he wanted dealt with after his demise.” The famous author, John Fox Jr., was told he was on the list and asked Hall’s priest to suggest that he would be more honorable to include in his confession that he didn’t want any further criminal action done on his behalf.

“An ambush on us would be easy as we passed through the laurel and rhododendron,” the author wrote. Continue reading Bad Talt Hall, first hanging in Wise, VA.

KY State Park Event-Archaeology Day Camps at Wickliffe Mounds

A series of four Kids Day Camps on archaeology start June 23 at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site.

The camps, also scheduled for June 30, July 7 and July 14, are open to kids ages 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of these four days.

These exciting and educational summer day camps will provide children hands-on learning experiences about archaeology. The four Continue reading KY State Park Event-Archaeology Day Camps at Wickliffe Mounds

Kentucky Horse Park to Host Man o’ War Movie Night

The Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, continues at the Kentucky Horse Park with a special movie night on June 24 from 6-10 p.m. Sponsored by the Keeneland Kids Club, the event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous racehorse and is part of a season-long series of Man o’ War-themed events hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park. Continue reading Kentucky Horse Park to Host Man o’ War Movie Night

Events leading up to Talt Hall’s hanging

Jadon Gibson

When Doc M. B. Taylor was returned to Wise, Virginia, to stand trial for the Ira Mullins murders he was put in a cell adjoining that of his old nemesis, Talton Hall. Hall had exhausted all of his appeals and was awaiting the hangman’s noose.

The Fox feared Talt Hall and offered to shake hands to heal old wounds. Hall responded by cursing and striking at him with his manacles.

“I ain’t shakin’ hands with no one that kills women and children,” Talt Continue reading Events leading up to Talt Hall’s hanging

A slaughter at Killing Rock and Bad Talt Hall on trial for his life

Jadon Gibson

May 14 of 1892 was a court day in Gladeville, Virginia, and U. S. Marshal M. B. Taylor was noticeably absent from his duties at the murder trial of his archrival Talt Hall. Gladeville was the name of Wise before it was changed in 1924.

Doc Taylor, also known as The Red Fox, had arose early that morning and headed up Pine Mountain for a clandestine meeting with two desperate characters, Cal and Henan Fleming. Doc had information that “Bad Ira” Mullins would be bringing a substantial amount of illicit liquor Continue reading A slaughter at Killing Rock and Bad Talt Hall on trial for his life

Talt Hall Found Guilty and Doc Taylor goes on the run

Jadon Gibson

The famed author John Fox Jr. wrote that Dr. “Doc” M. B Taylor stood by Bad Talt Hall’s side ‘with a huge pistol in each hand and a peculiar smile on his face’ when they met the infuriated crowd at the Norton Depot upon their arrival from Memphis.

The smile was because the prospects were good that he would soon be rid of one of his two worst enemies. The second, Bad Ira Mullins, was under surveillance by some of Doc’s cronies at the same time Continue reading Talt Hall Found Guilty and Doc Taylor goes on the run

Thomas Smith is 2017 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Thomas Smith

New York, NY, June 3, 2017 — Alternate Publishing announced that Thomas Smith’s book “DREAM LEADERS: Insights on Community Service and Leadership” (ISBN: 978-1544773803) was selected a Wining Finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards announced on May 22, 2017. Thomas Smith said, “I am so overwhelmed and grateful that “DREAM LEADERS” was chosen a Finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards for the Anthology: Non-Fiction category. Any author is doubtless thrilled to have their work recognized as a literary contribution to the field. Thank you for this Continue reading Thomas Smith is 2017 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Bad Talt held for trial in Wise

Jadon Gibson

Doc M.B. Taylor was still a U.S. Marshal in good standing when he took a train from Norton, Virginia to Memphis to take charge of Bad Talt Hall and return him to the mountains for incarceration in the Wise County Jail.

Doc Taylor was a knowledgeable and complex man to say the least. In the years after the Civil War he was a house doctor calling on the sick and injured where they lived. He also preached at churches and small meeting houses in the mountain area of southeast Kentucky and the Continue reading Bad Talt held for trial in Wise