An overview of all things Clark County …
Local historian Harry enoch stopped to chat the other day.
A published author, Enoch knows a lot about the history of Winchester, and his columns have started appearing again in the Sun Journal. I applaud the breadth of his knowledge and look forward to starting reading more of Enoch’s âWhat in the Worldâ columns about the people and places that have left their mark on our community.
Enoch knows pioneer Daniel Boone very well. He was instrumental in installing these road markers in our woodland for the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail. Traveling this route, one begins across the Kentucky River from Fort Boonesboro, established by Daniel Boone in 1775, and ends in Athens, near Boone Station where Boone settled in 1779, which makes it one of Kentucky’s most historic and scenic drives. Travel by car!
For more about the interesting history of the Boonesboro Bridge on the Boone Statue, read that of Robert Blanton article on page 10. Although Boone is from my home state of North Carolina, where a town is named after him, I think it’s safe to say that most people know him best for his time spent exploring. and settle in Kentucky.
Some people might even remember the ‘Daniel Boone’ TV show from the ’60s. I probably should YouTube which, like I do other shows, struggles to air as a rerun these days. With the exception of that Walton’s Homecoming special in November – 40 years after the popular TV show ended, when was the last time the Waltons appeared on TV? Same thing with Hee Haw. If you ever get bored, Google Senator Robert Byrd and the song “Circle Be Unbroken” – a good song.
Ask if Senator McConnell would one day consider performing on Saturday Night Live, probably not. Who am I kidding – McConnell will never be invited to host SNL because the show is too critical on one side and never on the other. That’s why I suspect that not many people watch it more. The same is true with network television and the main metropolitan media which have long abandoned any pretense of objectivity. Remember when The New York Times lived up to its motto, âAll the news that is worth printingââ¦ yeah, good luck with thatâ¦
Anyway, back then, while it wasn’t always great when the nation only had three or four TV channels, everyone seemed to be on the same page about âMust see tvâ more than today where there are hundreds of channels, but nothing. Thank goodness people can still go to YouTube for the classics.
Also, I met Jane Greeman when I registered my daughter for the guidance office at George Rogers Clark High School. She is also a long-time Sun reader / subscriber. Greeman recalled the dedication of former Sun editor Betty Berryman to the school system and the community.
Speaking of schools, the most recent rating period is about to end. As soon as we can obtain honor rolls, we will publish those lists. My daughter said that a child in one of her classes was accepted to Yale University. Pleasant! Children who score well should be recognized as much, if not more, than athletes – many of whom are honor roll students – who put points on the scoreboard.
My daughter also said that the JROTC program is top notch. After winning a national title last fall, the JROTC team got a police escort in town. Congratulation! Samantha said the Sun was to write a story about how successful the girls were at JROTC as well, so I commissioned her to write this story as Cards’ first official correspondent.
In other news, did you know that Houston Texans NFL star Rex Burkhead was born in Winchester? Yeah. Her grandparents still live in Clark County. Apparently, Burkhead was on three NFL teams and played in two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. More on this story later.
Finally, we moved into town – walking distance to the newspaper and jogging distance to the College Park fitness center. My daughter and I formed a beachhead before the rest of the family could join us.
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