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Pearl Bryan didn’t deserve it! Part 2

Jadon Gibson

Saturday morning, February 1, 1896, was a busy morning one for Sheriff Jake Plummer of Campbell County, Kentucky . A young lady had been found brutally murdered in his jurisdiction, near an orchard just outside of Fort Thomas. Detectives Crim and McDermott, investigators from Cincinnati, showed up to assist, initially scouring over the crime area for clues.

News of the horrific murder traveled quickly and gawkers soon were entering the area. The Covington officers expelled the curiosity seekers and began searching for the head of the deceased woman as she had been decapitated. It could not be found. Continue reading Pearl Bryan didn’t deserve it! Part 2

Hillbilly Documentary Film to Debut, Berea College Faculty Featured

Hillbilly, a new documentary film that explores the historical basis of cultural stereotypes about people from Appalachia in film and television, is scheduled to make its worldwide debut at the Nashville Film Festival on May 19, 2018.

The film’s two directors, Ashley York and Sally Rubin, both with Appalachian roots, interviewed Berea faculty, including Chad Berry, bell hooks and Silas House. Other Bereans connected with the film are musician and alumnus Sam Gleaves, and Sam Cole, who is the associate producer of the film. Continue reading Hillbilly Documentary Film to Debut, Berea College Faculty Featured

Pearl Bryan didn’t deserve it!

Jadon Gibson

Colonel John Lock’s farm was located in the country outside of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. It was just becoming daylight on February 1, 1896, when young James Hewling noticed something lying beside the old wagon road.

He looked closer and found it was a woman. She didn’t look right. The sixteen year old lad said later he didn’t think much about it at first. Continue reading Pearl Bryan didn’t deserve it!

Spotlight Acting School Presents You Can’t Beat the House

Spotlight Acting School is pleased to present You Can’t Beat the House at the Spotlight Playhouse in Berea from May 10-27. This comedy showcases three different casts of Spotlight Acting School’s student talent ranging from 11 to 18 years old.

“We had a large audition group for this show, and the separate casts give our audience and actors something new each performance weekend,” said Chad Hembree, Executive Director of Spotlight Performing Arts, Inc. “The cast has fun performing this and we love the zany wisecracking humor this show offers.” Continue reading Spotlight Acting School Presents You Can’t Beat the House

Young girl writes of 1800’s trip to the mountains

Jadon Gibson

Gen. O. O. Howard, of Gettysburg fame, is given much credit for the founding of the burgeoning Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.. The general and his close ally, Dr. E. O. Guerrant, founded many schools and churches in the mountain area.

Here is a letter written by Grace Guerrant to her sister, Anne Guerrant, during a trip with her father to the mountains in the late 1800’s. Continue reading Young girl writes of 1800’s trip to the mountains

Opens Friday – Red Shirts (Spotlight Festival of Short Plays)

Join the Spotlight Players for a comedy Sci Fi adventure where what you wear tells a lot about your role in the story.

An original play by Marie Mitchell and Mason Smith

Performance Friday, May 4th at 7:00pm – Tickets available at the door. $8 Adult / $5 Students (Entry also includes Saturday’s plays, Jess in the Spotlight and The Legend of Gargantua)

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Jess in the Spotlight by Saylour Burchfield (Spotlight Festival of Short Plays)

Jess, a nine-year-old, is new to her school and wants to audition for the school play, but the established “theater star” thinks there is no room for competition. Join the Spotlight Players for a glimpse into the world of school bullying in this thoughtful play by Saylour Burchfield.

Performance Saturday, May 5th at 7:00pm along with The Legend of Gargantua. Tickets are available at the door. $8 Adult/$5 Student

The Spotlight Playhouse

The Legend of Gargantua by Kelsey McNeal (Spotlight Festival of Short Plays)

The Legend of Gargantua is a short comedy loosely based on the story of Jack and the Bean Stalk. Author Kelsey McNeal has written a cute and entertaining script sure to leave you with a smile.

Performance Saturday, May 5th along with Jess in the Spotlight at 7:00pm – Tickets available at the door. $8 Adult / $5 Students

The Spotlight Playhouse

Red Shirts by Marie Mitchell and Mason Smith (Spotlight Festival of Short Plays)

Join the Spotlight Players for a comedy Sci Fi adventure where what you wear tells a lot about your role in the story.

An original play by Marie Mitchell and Mason Smith

Performance Friday, May 4th at 7:00pm – Tickets available at the door. $8 Adult / $5 Students (Entry also includes Saturday’s plays, Jess in the Spotlight and The Legend of Gargantua)

The Spotlight Playhouse

Daniel Boone’s courtship and marriage, conclusion

Jadon Gibson

Seventeen year old Rebecca Boone rode to her wedding to Daniel Boone behind her father on his horse, sitting on a second saddle called a pillion. The dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty wore the finest that the frontier afforded in that day.

Weddings were important events in the backwoods so they were celebrated by nearly everyone living in the area for miles around. Daniel Boone and his party, astride their mounts, came upon a group of well-wishers. They reveled in firing their weapons in the air, covering the wedding party with smoke and causing one or more to nearly fall from their horses. Continue reading Daniel Boone’s courtship and marriage, conclusion

Energy and Environment Cabinet Announces Winners of ‘Capture the Earth’ Photography and Video Contests

Drakes Creek Middle School eighth-grader Julia Freeman is the winner of the eighth-annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day.

Keegan Hennessy, a 10th Grade student at Scott High School, Taylor Mill, Ky., won the “Capture the Earth” videography contest for high school students, for his video, “Re-cycle and Re-use, Stop Climate Change.” The video featured an effective use of images, video and music to send a strong message about climate change.

Continue reading Energy and Environment Cabinet Announces Winners of ‘Capture the Earth’ Photography and Video Contests

Daniel Boone’s courtship and marriage

Jadon Gibson

In springtime a young man’s or maiden’s, fancy turns to thoughts of love.

We studied Davey Crockett’s difficulty in wooing and winning his wife. Daniel Boone had much less difficulty. When Daniel reached that point in life he began making usable pieces of furniture and acquiring other items with the thought of setting up housekeeping.

He met Rebecca Bryan at the wedding of his sister to Rebecca’s brother. Although she was just 15 years of age, she looked hearty and her smile made Daniel’s knees weak. Continue reading Daniel Boone’s courtship and marriage