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Beshears Open ‘Hope Gallery’ Exhibit Featuring Artwork from Children Served by Family Scholar House

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear last week joined wife Britainy Beshear, children served by Louisville’s Family Scholar House and the organization’s vice president of programs and services Kristie Adams to open a new Hope Gallery art exhibit in Frankfort. 

The Hope Gallery, located in the main lobby of the Office of the Attorney General in the state Capitol, features artwork from 16 children served by Family Scholar House, a non-profit organization in Louisville that supports single parents and foster care alumni pursuing post-secondary education and their children. 

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Jackson-Adams mudslinging campaign of 1828

Jadon Gibson

The campaign for president between Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams in 1828 was one of the most bitter in American history. Mudslinging was brought to a low art form.

It was a rematch of the 1824 election when Old Hickory won a majority of both the popular and electoral vote but other candidates got enough votes to send it to the House of Representatives. Henry Clay, the Speaker of the House, pushed the election in favor of John Quincy Adams. When Adams tabbed Clay as the new Secretary of State a few days later Jackson and others cried “foul,” calling it corrupt. Many say this was a watershed moment in the founding of the Democratic party.

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LEARN TO DYE WITH PLANTS ON THURSDAY

Berea Weaving and Fiber Guild

The Berea Weaving and Fiber Guild will host a free workshop with Berea’s own master dyer, Jerry Workman, as he demonstrates how to dye wool using various plant materials. 

Before analine dyes were invented, our ancestors used natural materials such as walnut bark, marigolds, onion skins and various plants to add color to the yarn and fabric they created.  In this workshop, we will learn how the plants are prepared, and experience the magic of seeing the colors they create. 

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Tragedy at Fourmile, conclusion

Jadon Gibson

When I interviewed Jewell Lewis Ross and Earl Lewis in 1991 it brought back vivid memories to them of the Fourmile Mine disaster that occurred the day after Christmas in 1945. They were the children of W. E. Lewis, the owner of the mine at Fourmile.

The senior Lewis was also the son of a miner, Joe Carl Lewis of Campbell County, Tennessee, who was killed in a gunpowder explosion in 1911 at an earlier mine in Fourmile Hollow.

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The Fort Boonesborough Foundation is hosting the first book sales and signing

After more than 30 years of research, Nancy O’Malley has compiled her research in the new book Boonesborough Unearthed: Frontier Archaeology at a Revolutionary Fort. This groundbreaking book presents new information and fresh insights about Fort Boonesborough and life in frontier Kentucky. O’Malley examines the story of this historical landmark from its founding during a time of war into the nineteenth century. O’Malley also delves into the lives of the settlers who lived there and explores the Transylvania Company’s dashed hopes of forming a fourteenth colony at the fort. This insightful and informative work is a fascinating exploration into Kentucky’s frontier past.

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Bluegrass BBQ Fest Kicks Off

For its third year, the Bluegrass BBQ Fest will return to the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza in downtown Lexington on June 7-8 to launch the summer season with a two-day community celebration of the region’s tastiest barbecue.

The growing festival attracts the area’s top pitmasters to showcase their culinary talents, along with a full accompaniment of musical entertainment, family activities and craft beer and bourbon selections. This year’s star barbecue performers will include Staxx BBQ, J. Render’s, City Barbecue, Red State, Thai barbecue by Jasmine Rice, Edley’s, Kentucky Strong and more. To cool down the palate, ice cream and Italian ice will be scooped on site by dessert sellers including Crank & Boom, Sav’s Chill and Repicci’s. Continue reading Bluegrass BBQ Fest Kicks Off

The Fourmile Mine Disaster, Part 6

Jadon Gibson

The mine at Fourmile was sealed and rescue attempts stopped because of deadly fire and gases in the Bell County, KY, mine after explosions on December 26, 1945. Responding to United Mine Workers Association pressure, public indignation and protests, authorities decided to unseal the Fourmile mine in August of 1948.

When the shaft was reopened a ventilation fan was installed to rid the mine of deadly gas. Recovery crews cleared debris and made paths. Passageways were timbered and stoppings were built. Continue reading The Fourmile Mine Disaster, Part 6

WOLF CREEK NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY 2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

JUNE
June 01: 33rd Annual Kids Fishing Derby 9 – 3 PM CDT
June 06: Offsite event: Annual SKRECC Meeting – (Somerset, KY)
June 08: 2nd Saturday Fly Fishing Clinics: Two hour sessions, Must Pre-register – 10 AM and 1 PM CDT
June 11: Friends of Wolf Creek NFH Monthly Meeting 5 PM CDT (Russell County SKRECC)
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Disaster at Fourmile, Part 5

Jadon Gibson

Teams of rescuers worked around the clock in five hour shifts to save trapped miners after explosions at a Fourmile, Kentucky mine on the day after Christmas in 1945. The initial explosion was heard to those in the area outside the mine as a great THUMP and was followed by a large smoke ring rising into the sky.

The bodies of Hobert Sulfridge, age 44, and mine foreman Nathan Centers, age 62, were found and removed from the mine along with two other unidentified corpses, tremendously mangled. One of the Continue reading Disaster at Fourmile, Part 5

Join the Cast of Winnie the Pooh – Ages 4-9 (May 25 – 8:30am)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School.

Performed by Students age 4-9

Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course… sharing snacks.

No audition is required for guaranteed participation.

Leading roles will be assigned to students with good auditions.

To audition the student will be asked to…

  1. Sing part of a song (Happy Birthday, Twinkle Twinkle, and Jesus Loves Me, are fine choices)
  2. Show facial expressions (Happy, Sad, Angry, etc.)
  3. Move or dance as instructed
  4. Possibly read from the script. (Non-readers will be given assistance.)

Rehearsals – Saturday Mornings
Performances – Oct. 4-6 and 11-13

Call 859-661-0600 for more information or visit https://www.spotlightactingschool.com 

The Fourmile Mine Disaster, Part 4

Jadon Gibson

Eight miners survived the Fourmile mine disaster after explosions rocked the Bell County, KY, mine on December 26, 1945. One died hours later in the Pineville Hospital.

Rescuers bravely traversed the deadly conditions of the mine, the walls blistering hot from the fires. They contended with a series of explosions, flames and carbon monoxide gas. They found four charred bodies two of which evidenced the violent explosion and fires, bringing heartache to any observers. Conditions prevented the rescue crews from continuing. Continue reading The Fourmile Mine Disaster, Part 4

BLUEGRASS BBQ FEST KICKS OFF

For its third year, the Bluegrass BBQ Fest will return to the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza in downtown Lexington on June 7-8 to launch the summer season with a two-day community celebration of the region’s tastiest barbecue.

The growing festival attracts the area’s top pitmasters to showcase their culinary talents, along with a full accompaniment of musical entertainment, family activities and craft beer and bourbon selections. This year’s star barbecue performers will include Staxx BBQ, J. Render’s, City Barbecue, Red State, Thai barbecue by Jasmine Rice, Edley’s, Kentucky Strong and more. To cool down the palate, ice cream and Italian ice will be scooped on site by dessert sellers including Crank & Boom, Sav’s Chill and Repicci’s. Continue reading BLUEGRASS BBQ FEST KICKS OFF