Your 2009 Portsmouth Rock Dispute Update

(Photo of the Portsmouth Rock from nytimes.com.)

Now it’s gettin’ good. Remember the Portsmouth Rock? And how officials from Ohio and Kentucky have been squabbling over it for the past year? Well, the Associated Press (via the Courier-Journal) is reporting this morning that Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is takin’ it up a notch:

Kentucky’s squabble with an Ohio city over a historic rock that lay for years at the bottom of the Ohio River is rolling into federal court.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has filed a federal civil lawsuit in Ashland, Ky., against the city of Portsmouth, Ohio, and three men over the 8-ton boulder known as Indian Head Rock.

The lawsuit claims a violation of Kentucky law and is seeking, in part, the return of the rock to Kentucky.

The rock bears numerous carvings of initials, names and a crude face and once was an attraction for locals. It had been submerged in the river since about the 1920s until September 2007, when a historian in Ohio led a team to extract it.

The boulder now rests in a city garage in Portsmouth, Ohio, about 110 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

Thank goodness, we were tired of reading nothing but serious news!

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2 Responses to “Your 2009 Portsmouth Rock Dispute Update”

  1. Bring it Jack Conway, bring it.

  2. United Nations Says:

    Now stealing rocks is a bad thing that could lead to International Conflicts so please throw the rock back or donate it to a local church that does not have to pay taxes. Many of their leaders are always looking for a way to get their rocks off so what is stolen from Kentuckys land in he river can still be tax exempt like the SSI checks in this area. The white people will take up for a rock but not their own kin, funny I know.

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