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South Elkhorn Christian Church plans May 21 celebration to mark historic 250th anniversary

South Elkhorn Christian Church will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the congregation with special activities on Sunday, May 21. A special Blue Grass Trust plaque will be unveiled as part of the ceremony which will be held at noon following the regular Sunday worship service. Past ministers and local officials have been invited. The South Elkhorn congregation is one of the oldest...

Old Time Kentucky: Father of Bourbon Elijah Craig imagined he could serve God and mammon both

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist In early Kentucky, many a vote was swayed, outright bought or rewarded with whiskey. Campaign expenses included barrels of booze, “the spirit of democracy” when the Bluegrass State was young. Popularity awaited any Kentuckian who could “drink whiskey, and talk loud, with the fullest confidence,” wrote Frankfort editor Amos Kendall, later an important...

It’s bourbon vs. beer as Kentucky, Wisconsin governors bet on Friday’s Final Four matchup

The governors from Kentucky and Wisconson are wagering on their home teams in Saturday’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game.   Kentucky Gov. Beshear bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will win, while Gov. Scott Walker offered Wisconsin beer, bratwursts and cheese for a Wisconsin Badgers victory.   “We’ll look forward to grilling...

Kaintuckeean: Fifty steps to the entrance
of Lexington’s landmark First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church, Lexington (Photo collage by Peter Brackney)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Across Main Street from Rupp Arena, 50 stone steps climb over five landings to reach the sanctuary entrance of the circa 1913 First Baptist Church. The impressive structure is a Lexington landmark in part because of its prominent Main Street location and in part because of its architectural...

History comes alive as statesman Henry Clay (aka George McGee) drops in on 8th-graders

George McGee's 45-minute monologue for Crawford Middle School eighth-graders was sprinkled with famous names from history. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Renowned statesman Henry Clay dropped by Crawford Middle School in Lexington recently to share a few personal stories and political philosophies with eighth-graders studying Kentucky history.   In period costume,...