Editor’s note: This is part three of an intermittently serialized memoir by Ed McClanahan that takes as its working title “Hatchling of the Chickasaw: A Kentucky waterways story.” Parts one and two can be found here and here.
By Ed McClanahan
My father’s mother, Stella Yelton McClanahan, lived to be 92, and I came to know her very well, and to love her very much; my father’s father, Claude McClanahan, died before I was two years old. Both the Yeltons and the McClanahans had been landowners and tobacco farmers in Bracken County, near the tiny community of Johnsville, for generations, and both families, I believe, eventually went into local commerce. “In 1884,” according to a local history, “Johnsville had a hotel, a tobacco warehouse, two wagon and blacksmith shops, a dry goods store, a general merchandise store, a doctor, a justice of the peace, and a constable.” My great grandfather Jonce Yelton and his business partner John Jackson (hence “Johnsville”) were proprietors of the general store and post office, and I have reason to suppose (see below) that the McClanahans had gone into the dry goods line, just down (or up, or across) the road from the two “Johns’” General Merchandise & US Post Office.
I don’t know much about my grandfather Claude, but I do have an 1890s-vintage formal studio photograph of the Johnsville McClanahans, featuring Claude with his identical twin Clifford—two dashing young blades as alike as department store mannequins, in matching cutaway coats and waistcoats and high, starched collars, handsome fellows with duplicate dark, upturned mustachios and longish sideburns and black hair parted precisely in the middle.
Luke Lajoie Connors Manke steps to the plate
Saturday, August 31
He came in like a dream. A little small-ball, some hit and run for eight hours until mom said enough, and then a mad push to the plate amid the screams and cheers of players and spectators alike—as fine a debut performance as any in recent memory.
Luke Lajoie Connors Manke, a 6 pound, 15 ounce, rookie out of Fayette County measuring 21 inches tall, registered his first official plate appearance Saturday morning at 8:01 am.
Within hours of hearing about his arrival, young fans began to gather out in the hallway reserved for under-fourteen-year olds, there to cheer on their newest hometown favorite.
In late August, WLEX reporter Dave Wessex delivered a four-minute report on the North Limestone area that stirred a wide-ranging discussion on the North Limestone Neighborhood Association Facebook page. Below is a slightly revised version of NoC editor Danny Mayer’s contribution to that talk.
I. As a newer white resident with a college degree and job who bought a nice though somewhat shabby house four blocks north of Main Street on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, I am a gentrifier no matter what I do or say. My actions in the neighborhood must always take that identity into account.
Need a fix? We got one: open-source drumming, hula hooping, dancing, juggling, and tree climbing at Third Street Coffee on Friday evenings. As reported to one NoC staffmember by a young girl offering impromptu hula=hooping lessons to passersby, they will be playing in the parking lot “until it gets too cold to come out.” Photo by Aaron G. Floyd.
By David Swanson
Some smart people thought, and perhaps some still think, that the 2003-2011 war on Iraq was unique in that it was promoted with the use of blatant lies. When I’d researched dozens of other wars and failed to find one that wasn’t based on a foundation of similar lies, I wrote a book about the most common war lie varieties. I called it War Is A Lie.
That book has sold more than any of my others, and I like to think it’s contributed some teeny bit to the remarkable and very welcome skepticism that is greeting the U.S. government’s current claims about Syria. The fact is that, were the White House telling the truth about the need for an attack on Syria, it would be a first in history. Every other case for war has always been dishonest.
Public reveal of “MLKV” plans set for Tuesday, September 17
This past April, NoC editor Danny Mayer issued an urban design challenge for Fayette Urban Countiers. The Mayer’s Challenge sought ideas and plans for affordably redeveloping a small part of city-owned urban space across Vine Street from the LexTran station. The design challenge was inspired by the city’s recent interest in redeveloping under-used parts of the urban fabric–particularly those urban surface parking lots that Rupp Opportunity Zone Master Planner Gary Bates once described as unsightly and unnecessary.
After months of collating ideas, on Tuesday, September 17, Mayer will present at two different public gatherings his findings for “MLKV”–his name for the area under the MLK Viaduct. The first will be a brief presentation to City Council at their weekly 3:00 Tuesday Work Session. After that, a second public unveiling and presentation (you are all invited) will take place beginning at 7:00 pm at Al’s Bar.
“This is important,” Mayer said at a Sunday morning press conference. “The Scape design for the area calls for removal of the MLK viaduct. Our plans, meanwhile, attempt to work with it rather than remove it. It’s a difference worth considering. And 2-for-1 at Al’s.”
And don’t worry, Mayer says. There were plenty of great ideas.
“I was skeptical at first, but color me impressed. There’s just a lot of bright FUCers out there.”
To encourage healthy and environmental modes of travel, for the fourth consecutive year the BCTC Sustainability Committee staffed a bike-check service at the internationally known Woodland Arts Fair, which was held this year on August 17 and 18. The service allows fair-goers to drop off their bikes in a secure area overseen by faculty and staff. Previous years have seen such notables as then-mayor Jim Newberry utilizing the service.
This year, the bike-check included several “snail” bike racks welded together by BCTC faculty member Shawn Gannon. And they were needed: over the course of the weekend, faculty and staff volunteers checked in over 170 bikes of all varieties–from 1940s-era three-speeds to modern bike-pulled children’s trailers. BCTC staff member Larry Porter, chief organizer for the bike-check, hopes to expand upon the service next year by providing it for downtown Lexington’s Thursday Night Live series.
Reprinted from the Bluegrass Courier, the student newspaper at BCTC.