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Kentucky River Mills was prime spot for hemp manufacturing

By Stuart W. Sanders, Thanks to the new federal Farm Bill, industrial hemp is again a legal cash crop. Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles recently told the House Agricultural Committee that the commonwealth is leading the way in the development of industrial hemp. Kentucky has a long history with the crop. Hemp cultivation began here as early as 1775. Within 50 years, the commonwealth produced more hemp than any other state. By the early 20th century, a handful of Bluegrass counties produced three-fourths of American hemp. In Frankfort, the Kentucky River Mills on North Wilkinson Street, now the...

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The journey of two Cherokee ceremonial masks

By Jim Axon Guest columnist While taking a trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park and the Cherokee, North Carolina, area in 2012, my wife, Linda, and I were in Bryson City and stopped at the Mountain Treasures shop.   In the corner, on the floor were two carved Cherokee masks that caught my attention because of their striking beauty, size and image. They were definitely a pair that were made together. One mask is a warrior snake mask (or war mask) and the other is a bison hunting mask (or medicine mask). They are 24 to 25 inches...

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‘Chivalry is not dead’: Frankfort’s Junior Cotillion teaching children respect, kindness, acceptance

By McKenna Horsley Lilia Smithson has been in Frankfort’s Junior Cotillion for about three years. She joined when she was in sixth grade after an older friend urged her to do so. The experience has come with some awkward moments — her hair once got caught in a dance partner’s button while they were doing the Pretzel — but she’s truly enjoyed her time in cotillion, a program for middle school students that teaches them traditional dances, social skills and etiquette and how to apply that to the world around them. “I’m really upset that it is my last...

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