January 11, 2018. The Kentucky Council of Churches is hosting Prayer in Action Days at the State Capitol each Tuesday during the General Assembly to pray for government officials and act on behalf of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. A kick-off event was held Tuesday, January 9th in the Capitol Rotunda. Subsequent gatherings, listed below, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol Annex.
John Rice Irwin, founder of the fabulous Museum of Appalachia just off Highway 75 near Knoxville, Tenn, chose coal miners as the subject of his Christmas message this year that I just received from my good friend.
“This year I honor the coal miners,” he began. “No group has sacrificed and gave so much and received so little for their laborious contributions. To paraphrase a line from President Lincoln, they were ‘little noted nor long remembered.’ I am presenting glimpses of a few of these remarkable souls in the hope it will prompt us to appreciate their contributions to America. Continue reading Coal miners – 2017 subject of John Rice Irwin’s Christmas message
The Harpes were considered as devils on the paths in early America. They camped at night, replenishing their strength, before resuming their quest each morning. When regulators were close on their tail they slept during the day and moved at night.
“Their victims lay face up in rivers, gutted, their eyes wide and staring, their innards replaced with stones,” Jim Ridley wrote in 2013. “Or they lay hacked and strewn in the Cumberland wilderness, left to entropy’s appetite. They were killed for the gold they carried; they were killed despite the kindness they gave. The killers drew no distinction between men and women, boys and girls, children and infants, not even their own. Continue reading Micajah and Wiley Harpe, conclusion
As their final act as Richmond Raceway track promoters, the promotion trio of Larry, Chad, and Sarah Yantz are pleased to announce the 2017 Awards Banquet details, as they will take place on Friday December 15 at the Union City Ruritan Club and Fire Department, which is about five miles from Richmond Raceway. Also, the new track promoters that will be taking over the track beginning with the 2018 season will also be in attendance and will be officially introduced and will meet and greet with the racers and race fans. Continue reading RICHMOND RACEWAY AWARDS BANQUET SET
Rev. William Lambuth wanted to warn everyone about Micajah and Wiley Harpes after they robbed him in 1797 but such information wasn’t easy to communicate in that era. Most news came by the spoken word. Newspapers, leaflets, posted warnings and such were rare and slow in arriving.
It was less than 50 years after Dr. Thomas Walker documented the discovery of Cumberland Gap and less than a quarter century after Daniel Boone and his band of thirty men blazed the trail from Sycamore Shoals (Elizabethton, TN) to the Kentucky River. Continue reading Beware of Micajah and Wiley Harpes, part 2