Historical marker dedicated for Daniel Boone rescue

By Fred Petke The Winchester Sun Published 11:17 am Monday, March 6, 2017

A handful of descendants of the Boone and Callaway families were among the dozens of people to watch the unveiling of a new historical marker near the Kentucky River.

The marker notes the location of the kidnapping of three girls, including Daniel Boone’s daughter, by Native Americans from present-day Clark County in 1776. Daniel Boone took a rescue party and tracked their captors, rescuing the girls two days later.

The marker was funded by a What’s Your Ambition?! grant from The Greater Clark Foundation and presented by the Winchester-Clark County Heritage Commission.

The marker was erected on property owned by Deborah Garrison, president of the Southwest Clark Neighborhood Association, and purchased by her late husband about 30 years ago. He was passionate about that part of Clark County, which he passed on to her.

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Great Bites in the Bluegrass State: What to Eat in Kentucky

Food Network By: Rona Roberts

Get lucky in Kentucky with these iconic state foods and the best places to try each.

Bourbon and Beyond

From the eastern Appalachian mountains west to the Mississippi River bottoms, Kentuckians stand united around tables loaded with aged country ham, tender spoonbread (please pass the butter), and handmade sorghum syrup. Oh, and a little local bourbon, maybe before. Maybe after. Ready to join the deliciousness? For everyday, try beloved soupbeans and cornbread and their variations: nationally acclaimed burritos and tacos. Pair with an Ale-8-One, munch a Modjeska for dessert, and share Kentucky’s commonwealth.

Illustration by Hello Neighbor Designs

Beer Cheese

Kentuckians began eating beer cheese in the 1940s, when Arizona chef Joe Allman invented a cheese spread with four ingredients: cheese, beer, garlic and cayenne. Joe’s cousin, famed restaurateur Johnny Allman, served it as an appetizer at popular destination restaurants on the Kentucky River near Winchester. Today, Hall’s on the River in Winchester serves a popular beer-cheese appetizer with saltine crackers and crisp vegetables. Hall’s spread won the People’s Choice award at Winchester’s 2016 Beer Cheese Festival. Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese, a commercial version of the restaurant’s housemade spread, can be ordered online.


In Winchester in 1926, G. L. Wainscott launched Ale-8-One, a new, gingery, caffeinated soft drink. He promoted it as “A Late One” to spotlight its recent arrival on an active soft drink scene. For decades, fans went to Winchester to buy the drink, carrying supplies to friends and family members far away. Now Ale-8-One is available online and its distribution area includes much of Kentucky, along with some Ohio and Indiana counties. G. L. Wainscott’s great-great-nephew Fielding Rogers heads the company today, and he still relies on the founder’s handwritten notes to stay true to the original recipe.

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10 Unsuspecting Restaurants In Kentucky With Food So Good It Should Be Illegal

Posted in Kentucky Only In Your State February 28, 2017 by Rachel Shulhafer

If you ever pass by one of these restaurants, don’t be put off by their unsuspecting and modest exteriors. They may look small and simple, but the food they serve is absolutely mouthwatering. Once you give these places a try, you’ll definitely keep returning for more.

1. JK’s at Forest Grove, Winchester

This charming little hole-in-the wall has a wide variety of delicious sandwiches, and they are on Kentucky’s Beer Cheese Trail. They have an old-fashioned ice chest full of Kentucky’s favorite soda, Ale-8-One. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you visit here. JK’s at Forest Grove is located at 4636 Old Boonesboro Road, Winchester, KY 40391.

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Mixing up success: Locals create chocolate hemp treats

By Seth Littrell The Winchester Sun Published 8:13 am Tuesday, January 31, 2017

People traveling down the Hemp Highway of Kentucky looking for a unique treat to commemorate the adventure have a new option here in Winchester.

Laura’s Mercantile, owned by Clark County residents Laura Freeman and Ben Pasley, is partnering with Ruth Hunt Candies of Mount Sterling to offer sweet, prepackaged memories in the form of hemp chocolates.

Freeman, the former owner of Laura’s Lean Beef, said that she  became interested in experimenting with hemp on her Clark County farm after the creation of the hemp pilot program through the 2014 Farm Bill.

“We put it in an organic field out here, which was 13 acres of very valuable ground,” she said. “I mean, you could get an expensive crop of organic corn off of it or something like that.”

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Lower Howards Creek announces winter hike schedule

By Winchester Sun Published 8:02 am Friday, January 27, 2017

Lower Howard’s Creek Preserve manager Clare Sipple has announced the winter hiking schedule at Clark County’s historical nature preserve.

“Winter is a great time to explore Lower Howard’s Creek without its usual cover of vegetation blocking our views of its unique topography,” Sipple said in a news release. “It’s an opportunity to visit areas not usually seen in the other three seasons of the year, and heat is not an issue.”

All hikes will begin at 10 a.m. at the main entrance on Athens-Boonesboro Road unless otherwise noted.

— Feb. 4: Dust off your hiking boots and come hike with Dr. Bill Crankshaw, 91 years young and the Preserve’s most active volunteer.

— Feb. 18: The Preserve’s manager, Clare Sipple, will be leading this hike, and will take visitors to some of her favorite out-of-the-way places within the Preserve.

— March 4: In like a lion or a lamb, the days are getting longer now and we will explore old homesteads looking for signs of spring. Dr. Crankshaw will lead this hike.

— March 18: A few ephemeral early wildflowers may be showing themselves on this hike. Clare Sipple will lead this hike.

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Distillery planned in derelict property

By Whitney Leggett The Winchester Sun Published 9:46 am Friday, January 20, 2017

A vacant and derelict property on East Broadway once slated to be demolished to make room for a parking lot will have a new lease on life.

The Winchester Board of Commissioners approved the sale of the property at 31 E. Broadway St. for $23,000 Tuesday night.

Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner said the property was home to an African-American Methodist church from the late 1800s until about 1927, when the congregation moved to its current home at the corner of Burns Avenue and Broadway Street.

The city acquired the property in September 2001 for $65,000 from Harold and Mary Jordan with intentions of tearing the building down and expanding city parking.

Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner said in the meeting Tuesday the city began using the basement of the property as space for parks maintenance while renovations were being made to the facility at College Park.

However, the property has been neglected for most of the last 15 years. With broken windows and walls that are literally falling apart, the building still remains.

In stepped Laura Freeman with Pillar of the Community LLC, which is in the final stages of purchasing the property to be restored.

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9 Kentucky Sandwiches You Have To Try Before You Die

Posted in Kentucky Only In Your State January 16, 2017 by Rachel Shulhafer

Sandwiches really are a perfect meal. You can have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you can make them as filling or light as you want. There really aren’t many things you can’t put in a sandwich, so you can be both creative and classic. Kentucky has some restaurants that put together great sandwiches, and you’ll definitely want add these nine to your Kentucky culinary bucket list.

2. The Hot Mess at Cairn Coffee House, Winchester

The Cairn is a non-profit organization that houses a direct trade coffee shop on the first floor, and a community center for teens on the second floor. Stop in the coffee shop for a wide variety of coffees and teas, as well for a light meal or gelato. They are on the Kentucky Beer Cheese Trail, so be sure to try their Hot Mess Sandwich, which is a grilled panini with American cheese, beer cheese, pepperoni, bacon, and crushed Grippos’s barbecue-flavored chips. Cairn Coffee House is located at 17 S. Main Street, Winchester, KY 40391.

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Here Are 12 Tiny Neighborhood Restaurants In Kentucky Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Posted in Kentucky Only In Your State January 15, 2017 by Rachel Shulhafer

The television show Cheers really showcased how great it can be to have a reliable neighborhood restaurant or watering hole. If you don’t feel like cooking dinner one night, or just want to get out of the house for a bit, neighborhood restaurants are like a home away from home. Plus you’ll most likely see someone you know, so you’ll have good company too. Here are 12 neighborhood restaurants in Kentucky where everyone knows your name.

1. JK’s at Forest Grove, Winchester
Stop in at this quaint little restaurant for lunch. You’ll feel like you’re eating at an old-fashioned country lunch counter. They are on Kentucky’s Beer Cheese Trail, so be sure to try some with an ice cold Ale 8. JK’s is located at 4636 Old Boonesboro Road, Winchester, KY 40391.
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This Thanksgiving fill your table with delectable foods from Kentucky. Here are 8 delicious ways to have a pure Kentucky Thanksgiving tradition:

1. Beer Cheese
A Kentucky original from Winchester, pair with crackers, pretzels, veggies or a baguette. See the Winchester Beer Cheese Trail to find your favorite beer cheese spread: