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Col. Solomon Sharp was a leader in Kentucky politics in the early 1820’s. He served as a state representative, U.S. Congressman and Attorney General. Upon meeting Ann Cook at a function he was taken aback by her beauty. Her physical qualities and charm commanded the attention of nearly every man who saw her in Frankfort, KY, in the early 1820’s.
Col. Sharp’s power and wealth allowed him to literally sweep the lithesome miss off her feet and into her boudoir. After some time he moved along with his life disavowing any promise or involvement with the heartbroken Miss Cook. Continue reading Ann Cook’s honor
Many hangings in the era of public executions were in the open air for all to see but some jurisdictions had closed hangings where the scaffold was built inside of an enclosure, building or large box. The hanging of George Gibson and Wayne Powers was of the latter variety.
There were approximately seventy-five individuals in the building on February 6, 1885, including Sheriff Strong, Deputy Cowden, Jailer Beverly, Rev. Walker, Rev. Pannell, Rev. Bellamy, Doctor Morrison, Doctor Patton, additional guards and members of the Gibson and Powers families. Continue reading Not my brother’s keeper (conclusion)
An estimated three thousand people were in Estillville, Virginia, on February 6, 1885, for the hanging of George Gibson and Wayne Powers. The two men were sentenced to hang for the murder of Will Gibson. Jonas Powers, brother of Wayne Powers, was also sentenced to hang for the murder but his attorneys were successful in winning him a thirty day stay of execution from Virginia Gov. William E. Cameron so he remained in the Scott County jail.
Estillville’s name was later changed to Gate City. Continue reading Not My Brother’s Keeper, Part 4
Bruce Fraley was the latest Lenten Lunch speaker last week at the Berea United Methodist Church. Speaking on the topic “I am the vine,” (John 15:1-5), Fraley explained the ways in which his Christian faith influenced his philosophy toward public service during his 34-year tenure as district manager of the Social Security Administration.
“Other than doing my job, and trying to do it well, I also tried to uplift others,” Fraley said. “We encountered people who were down on their luck, maybe became disabled and had to file a claim. We ran into those who just needed advice – they didn’t know where to turn. Or maybe they were just lonely and they needed somebody to listen to them. They didn’t have anybody else.”
Another passage of scripture that deeply influences Fraley, he said, is John 15:12 – My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
“For me, showing love for one another is the most important way we can abide Jesus Christ and glorify God by the way we live our lives,” Fraley said.
During his presentation, Fraley noted that in John 15:1-5 the word abide is used several times. Bearing that in mind, he offered seven ways in which to abide in Jesus:
- Attend church services.
- Participate in faith-based clubs or groups that serve other people or study scripture.
- Community service activities.
- Showing humility and asking forgiveness.
- Self-reflection with an eye toward self-improvement.
- Giving thanks to God.
- Glorify God by not being afraid. Share your faith.
Following his presentation, Fraley fielded several questions from the audience.
The Berea community is invited to gather at the Berea United Methodist Church Parish House at 101 Fee Street every Wednesday until Easter beginning at noon and ending at 12:45 p.m. There is no charge for the meal, but donations are welcome. Doors for the luncheon open at 11:45. For more information about the Lenten Lunch series, call 859.986.3485.
Jonas Powers was the first to be put on trial for the murder of William Gibson. It was during the August 1884 term of the Scott County, Virginia, circuit court in the extreme southwestern Virginia. Judge Kelly presided over the trial that lasted several days. The jury deliberated for approximately 24 hours but failed to agree on a decision and the members were discharged. The cases of George Gibson and Wayne Powers were continued to the November term. Continue reading Not My Brother’s Keeper, part 2
“Jesus: Absolutely Defined”, Lenten Lunch series based on Jesus’ words from the Gospel of John.
As spring approaches, so does the season of Lent, observed by Christians the world over with prayer and serious contemplation of the mysteries of faith.
Marking the season is a long-time Lenten tradition, the Lenten Lunch series sponsored by the Berea United Methodist Church. Every Wednesday for the six weeks following Ash Wednesday, the Berea community is invited to gather at the church’s Parish House on Fee Street to hear a speaker, enjoy music, and eat a light lunch. There is no charge for the meal, which begins at Noon in the Parish House and ends by 12:45 P.M. Continue reading “Jesus: Absolutely Defined”, Lenten Lunch series based on Jesus’ words from the Gospel of John.