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Double murder in Vinton County, part 1

The last time she saw William Stout, the man missing, he was mending fences here at his Axtel Ridge place, Inez Palmer told the sheriff. She’d heard her boyfriend’s father had headed out west, and was acting strangely before he left Vinton County. Maude “Sheriff Maude” Collins and her deputy Ray Cox followed the trail […]

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Oh, to return once more to the days when…

“Oh, to return once more to the days when they made real country sausage and souse meat! Where grandpa and grandma smoked their long-stemmed clay pipes and would light them by dipping a live coal from the old fireplace. “Let’s go into the big house and sit by the fire and see the old-fashioned dog-irons […]

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From the heart of the man farthest down

Listen to 1921 recording of “St. Louis Blues” by Original Dixieland Jazz Band, with Al Bernard William Christopher “W.C.” Handy, acknowledged ‘Father of the Blues’ and composer of such American musical standards as St. Louis Blues and Beale Street Blues, was born on November 16, 1873, in Florence, AL. He grew up in a log […]

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Amelia Earhart drops in

Amelia Earhart flew into the Anderson, SC airport in her Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogyro on November 14, 1931 and attracted over 1,000 spectators. Mayor G.T. McGregor and other city leaders met her at the airport. In May of that year, flying that plane, the thirty three year old had set a world altitude record of 18,415 […]

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Kentucky politicos bought votes with gingerbread

“One of my elections was contested. They accused me of buying gingerbread and using other ways of influence on the voters. Giving them money. They figured what they done, I done the same thing. “Actually, it comes to a point where most people have to have some encouragement to be interested in elections and they […]

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