Hannah Brown

Finding the truth: Local historians finding the facts in Frankfort’s history

Everyone in town knows that if you want to find out anything about Frankfort, contact Russ Hatter at the Capital City Museum. “A lady contacted me, she has a relative buried in the confederate cemetery section at the Frankfort Cemetery and she’s wanting to know more about him, so now I’m looking into locating that person for them,” Russ said. He first starts with doing a street search in the city directories at the museum that date back to 1884.  I can find where people lived and worked,” he said. He has answered numerous calls like that over the...

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Dive in to these suggested reads

“Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning” by Leslie Odom Jr. When I recently sat down and looked through my to-read pile, I wanted to choose something that would set the correct tone for the year. Like many people, 2020 wasn’t my best, and I wanted a book that would infuse me with hope and determination, something that might just stick with me for the rest of the year, shoring me up when life started to get me down. That book was Leslie Odom Jr.’s “Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and...

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‘It’s coming’: Rev. Newby reflects on life during the Civil Rights Movement

One day while in Frankfort, Rev. L.A. Newby, former pastor of First Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, got a phone call from a lady who worked at the Capitol. “Do you know you have a picture with Dr. King?” Newby recalled the woman asking him. She got a copy of it and brought it to him. Sure enough, it was Newby walking right behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during King’s March on Frankfort on March 5, 1964. More than 10,000 people participated in the march to demand that the state legislature stop African Americans from being discriminated against at...

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Perfecting his craft: Metal fabricator started welding as young boy on the farm

Mark Ruble has been perfecting his craft since he was a child growing up on his family’s farm in Franklin County. “When I was a kid, I would find scrap metal and take pieces of welding rod and I would weld up go karts and stuff like that,” Mark said. He would also help his late father, Jerry Ruble, weld farm equipment that needed repaired. In high school, Mark took welding classes in vocational school. He graduated as a junior in 1980 and went to work at Bagdad Roller Mills. His father also worked there. “I did a lot...

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‘Outskirts of Heaven’: Varbles living life in God’s Country — Bald Knob

Three and a half years ago Ken and Penny Varble were living within city limits in Lawrenceburg when they began to run out of space in their home after they had grown their family by three. They decided to do respite for the foster care system, but ended up adopting three boys. “The three boys were 18, 13 and 5, and we were thinking we needed a bigger place and I wanted to be back out in the country,” Ken said. They had mainly been looking in Anderson County, until Penny’s father told her about a property for sale...

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