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Program 1715

1. Band Rivals
2. Historical Marker 1675—Mantle Rock
3. Cakewalk
4. Our Town—Bugtussle
5. The Rowan County War
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Fayette County

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Producer/Editor: Paul Smith
Videographers: Angelic Phelps, Jason Robinson
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Audio Post: Brent Abshear

Band Rivals

In Fayette County, two high school marching bands have had a particularly rich rivalry in recent years. While competition is intense, Lexington’s Dunbar and Lafayette in particular seem to spark a lively competitive spirit that splits family loyalties, even pitting family members against one another, though neither band is the clear leader for 2012’s face-off. The top title has traded back and forth between a select group of bands, with Lafayette dominating its close rivals Dunbar and North Hardin. In 2011, Dunbar won for the second year in a row, but Lafayette, in second place, has won a cool 16 titles.

Modern marching bands, despite a military past, are now most closely associated with football game half-time shows, parades, and other forms of family entertainment. The diverse band environment offers a place for virtually everyone who wants to play an instrument; middle and high schools offer a multitude of band styles, with different forms, function, and instruments. Bands remain a rewarding way for young musicians to participate in competitive group events. The highly competitive spirit shown by Dunbar, Lafayette, and North Hardin, among other high school bands, shows how popular this form of entertainment and rivalry remains.

Livingston County

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Mantle Rock Preserve

Producer: Jim Piston

Historical Marker 1675—Mantle Rock

The relocation of thousands of Indians from their native lands to Indian Territory, in what is present-day Oklahoma, was enforced in 1830 with the Indian Removal Act. This controversial decision released thousands of acres of desirable land to European American settlers, who wanted more land to accommodate increased farming and their growing towns. While the relocation of the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations was, in theory, voluntary, undue pressure, bribery, and trickery were sometimes used to get Indians to give up their lands. Some resisted, bringing about the Second Seminole War.

The agonizing march westward, known as the Trail of Tears, was infamous for deaths from exposure, starvation, and illness that the Indian nations faced as they made the arduous trek to their new home. Mantle Rock is a particularly poignant spot on the Trail of Tears, as this rock overhang offered just minimal protection from freezing winter weather to the Cherokee waiting for passage across the Ohio River.

The river boat owner at Berry’s Ferry treated the displaced Indians with callous disregard, forcing them to wait for up to 20 days to cross and to pay highly inflated rates. Mantle Rock, along with Berry’s Ferry, is one of Kentucky’s seven certified sites along the Trail of Tears.

Boyle County

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Producer/Editor: Tom Bickel
Videographer/Audio: Warren Mace


CakewalkKy offers “a taste of the sweet life,” with its owner whipping up tasty creations for Danville and Perryville neighbors.

Baker Sandy Hill has more than 30 years of cake decorating experience, and she brings those years to bear on her elegant creations. She specializes in wedding cakes, with brand extensions in catering, cookies, and the ever-popular cupcake.

But her recent preoccupation is competition cakes, for which she follows the cake competition circuit, making exquisite creations in the super-charged atmosphere of competition. She won first place in the Holiday Cake Competition at the 2009 Kentucky State Fair.

Her work has won the attention of influential people. A couple of years ago she made an elaborate four-tiered golf birthday cake, complete with a golfer on top and a green on the bottom, for a friend of radio host Rick Dees of Danville. The friend was Ken Lowe of Scripps Networks, parent company of the Food Network. He invited her to New York for trip that included a tour of the Food Network studios.

Monroe County

Producer: John Schroering

Our Town—Bugtussle

Bugtussle, in Monroe County, sits near State Highway 87 along the Tennessee border. Tompkinsville is the county seat of this rural area, which has a population county-wide of only 11,756. Bugtussle is one of two unincorporated communities in the county.

Kentucky's Bugtussle is one of four in the United States. The others are also in Southern states: Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Older folks may remember Bugtussle as the fictional hometown of the Clampetts on the 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies.

Rowan County

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Producer: Chris Merritt, Jeffrey Hill
Videographers: Chris Burns, Tyler McDaniel
Audio: Mike Farr
Editor: Chris Merritt

The Rowan County War

As part of Morehead State University's 125th anniversary celebrations, the Morehead Theatre Guild will present Bloody Rowan Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14 at the old Courthouse Theater in Morehead. The play was written and will be directed by Dr. J.D. Reeder, a Tolliver descendant and scholar of the Martin-Tolliver-Feud, also known as the Rowan County War.

This bitter feud, which necessitated the Governor calling out the militia three times, was linked to a misunderstanding, possibly over politics, that started on Election Day and resulted in a feud that went on for four bloody years.

The little-remembered Rowan County War, replete with shootings, posses, false extraditions, accounts of 14-year-old-boys shooting like seasoned military men, and gunslinging desperadoes, hardly seems credible, seeming to have more in common with soap opera than history. But the latter half of the 19th century, following the Civil War, was a time of commonplace and quick-burning violence.

Despite the dramatic twists and turns, this was a real feud, with a death toll that most accounts list at 20, with 16 injured, before the feud came to a close with a dramatic two-hour shoot-out in 1887.

Note: This segment was produced by Morehead State University.

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