My Kentucky – Metcalfe: from Stonemason to Governor

By SAM TERRY Managing Editor Jobe Publishing Inc. Former Kentucky Governor Thomas Metcalfe died of cholera on August 18, 1855 at “Forest Retreat,” his Nicholas County home built by his own hands. At age 16, Metcalfe was apprenticed to his older half-brother, John Metcalfe III, to learn stonemasonry, a craft that would carve a place…

My Kentucky: Heralding the news of a noisy world

By SAM TERRY Managing Editor Jobe Publishing Inc.   On August 11, 1787, the first newspaper published west of the Allegheny Mountains, and in Kentucky, made its debut. When Kentucky was a territory of Virginia, those living in pioneer towns found their issues were neither highly regarded or understood by papers hundreds of miles away…

My Kentucky – Happy Days in Fancy Farm

By SAM TERRY Managing Editor Jobe Publishing Inc. This Saturday will mark the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic, long considered the most important political event in Kentucky. Sponsored by St. Jerome Catholic Church, the event could be likened to the political version of the Kentucky Derby, replacing horses with politicians who parade through the thousands of…

My Kentucky: Modern travel on the turnpike

By SAM TERRY Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc. On August 1, 1956, the Kentucky Turnpike, stretching 39 miles from Louisville to Elizabethtown, opened as the first section of a future interstate highway connecting the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.  Under construction for just under two years, the modern roadway cost $33.2 million. The road…

My Kentucky: “Butcher Cumberland” Changes History

  By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc.   July 23, 1966 – the only national forest entirely within Kentucky’s boundary was renamed Daniel Boone National Forest. In 1937 about 1,338,214 acres was originally named Cumberland National Forest which led to nearly 30 years of debate after Kentuckians living in the region objected to…

Kidnapping and romance in the wilderness

By SAM TERRY Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc. While residents of the thirteen American colonies were celebrating the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, some of the earliest residents of Kentucky were yet uninformed about the world-changing news while they struggled for safety in the vast wilderness.  On Sunday afternoon, July 14, 1776, Elizabeth and…

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My Kentucky: Memorializing Henry Clay

  By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc.   July 10, 1852 – Twelve days after he died in Washington, D.C., Sen. Henry Clay’s body arrived in Lexington after being toured over 1,200 miles of America. Clay’s coffin was placed on a bier in front of his home, Ashland, and the Rev. E.F. Berkley,…

My Kentucky

By SAM TERRY Managing Editor Jobe Publishing Inc. June 18, 1945 – Munfordville native Lt. General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr., was killed at Okinawa. He was the highest ranking U.S. military figure killed by enemy fire in World War II. He was posthumously made a four-star general. The son of Confederate General Simon Bolivar Buckner…