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Mark of the Bell Witch: Small Town Monsters film explores legend

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  The Small Town Monsters films are all treats. Director, writer and producer Seth Breedlove has made some spectacular films on a wide range of topics, from Bigfoot ( The Minerva Monster , Beast of Whitehall ) to Mothman ( The Mothman of Point Pleasant, the Mothman Legacy ) to crashed and recovered UFOs ( Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, the Flatwoods Monster ) to werewolves ( The Bray Road Beast ). Along the way we’ve been able to watch Breedlove grow as not only a filmmaker, but as a storyteller as well, experimenting with different cinematic techniques and styles. In Momo the Missouri Monste r, for instance, he worked at creating a less documentary style, casting longtime collaborator and narrator Lyle Blackburn as the fictional host of a late night B-movie monster series presenting the dramatized story of the Momo phenomenon, to entertaining but mixed effect.  With his most recent Kickstarter project, featuring the recently released Mothman Legacy and the soon-to-be-released Mark of t

Northern Kentucky UFO sightings?

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 Big Bone residents share photos of strange lights in the sky (originally published in 2018) Joan (not her real name) claims that something weird is happening on her property near Big Bone in northern Kentucky. The fifty-nine-year-old witness says that, for the last two years, she has been seeing lights in the sky around her home, which borders Big Bone Lick State Park, and she isn't alone. Her husband, nephew, niece, and a neighbor have all seen them too, and they have photos to back up their sightings. It all started with her neighbor. She lives alone, with a large dog, and during the summer of 2016 the dog began going berserk at night. He would bark loudly at something in the dark, but when her neighbor would look out, she saw nothing. A university was conducting digs in the nearby state park, Joan explained, and at first her neighbor thought it might be their activity riling up the dog. To make sure, however, that no one was trespassing on her land, she set up trail cameras on

On the Trail of Bigfoot

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Exploring reports from the Pacific Northwest to the TriState The author pauses by a pool in Area X during a 2009 outing with the NAWAC (nee TBRC) to           check  camera traps.  When you say the word "Bigfoot" most people think of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). After all, that's the area where the phenomenon of big, hairy bipeds was given that particular name, after Californian Jerry Crew began finding large footprints around his road building equipment while constructing logging roads in the remote forests of his state. After taking casts of the prints, and going to the local newspaper with them, the name Bigfoot was coined and interest in the monster spread like wildfire. Soon northern California, Oregon and Washington would become ground zero for the quest to document the elusive creature.  But Bigfoot sightings aren't restricted to the PNW. In fact, there are reports of ape like creatures from every state in the union, with the exception of Hawaii. This includes

Grahn Squatchin'

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 Bigfoot meetup draws witnesses and the curious This cast of a partial footprint was collected  by Tabatha Steagall and Chuck Everman, in  March of 2019, after following up on reports of strange sounds coming from around a Carter  County home. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells) How many Bigfoot sightings have there been in and around Carter County? More than you might think! It's common enough that one Grahn woman, Tabatha Steagall, has started researching the sightings in her free time, and several dozen witnesses from Carter County – and a few from Greenup, Boyd and Elliott – showed up at her house last month for a get together to share their stories, thoughts, and pet theories on what folks might be seeing.  While it's more common than you might think, there is still some stigma attached to admitting you've seen an animal that mainstream science isn't yet ready to accept. So many of the witnesses, while eager to share their tales, aren't so eager to have their names atta

Undersea Exploration with Abzû

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If you've ever wanted to swim with whales, explore Atlantean style undersea ruins, or try your hand at hide and seek with a shark, this week's free game on the Epic Games store might be right up your alley.  Abzû is an under water exploration adventure game with a gorgeous art style. If you've played Journey or Flower, you're going to recognize the art style of Abzû . That's because it's from the same art director, Matt Nava. After helping create the flowing world of airborne beauty in Flower , and the intense sand sliding desert adventure of Journey for thatgamecompany, Nava started his own studio, Giant Squid. Abzû is Nava's first project from the new developer, and it's in some ways an underwater version of Journey.  If you've played Journey, you know that the game tells the story of a lost civilization, through images and pictographs, as the player makes his way across a starkly beautiful desertscape. Along the way the player has to navigate p

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Free on Steam

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Right now, in celebrate of Sega's 60th Anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is free to claim on Steam.   Go claim your copy, fire up your desktop or laptop, and enjoy some high speed retro fun. Rated E for Everyone.  Read more about the history of Sega in our Late to the Game(s) column at Carter County Times .

Things that go bump in the night – Olive Hill, KY’s noisy historical ghost

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The word poltergeist comes from the German language and means, literally, noisy ghost. It’s an apt term for the phenomenon. Whereas traditional ghosts might move silently along the ramparts of a castle or down the hallway of an old home, where they can be seen reliving certain moments of their lives with little noise or other interaction with their environment, poltergeists let the inhabitants know when they are there. Not only are poltergeists noisy, causing crashes and bangs and moving items about, they’re more likely to be heard and experienced than seen. In fact, some paranormal researchers don’t consider poltergeist activity to be hauntings at all, at least not in the traditional sense of being the spirit of a deceased entity. Instead they class poltergeist activity as a form of psychokinesis, or the moving of objects without physically touching them. When famed psychic Uri Geller claimed to be bending spoons with nothing more than the power of his mind, this was an example of psy