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Photo courtesy of Kenton County, Ky., Public Library: Captain John Beatty’s towboat, the Clair E. Beatty, was shoved against the broken ice packed against Markland Dam in January 1978. Fortunately, Captain Beatty and his crew were able to escape across the ice before the boat sank.

Locals recall Blizzard of ‘78, frozen Ohio

The month of January marks the anniversaries of the frozen Ohio River in 1977 and ‘The Great Blizzard of 1978,’ also known as ‘The White Hurricane,’ a historic winter storm that struck and paralyze

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CHANDRA L. MATTINGLY/THE RECORDER & NEWS: Hillary Delaney, historian at Boone County Public Library, left, and Ohio County Historical Society Director Cliff Thies unveil Rising Sun’s first state marker at the corner of Fourth and Poplar streets.

Marker dedicated to Underground Railroad agents

How much courage did it take for a freed slave and his family to, in turn, help other enslaved people to escape to freedom?