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Columns and Editorials

  • Kentucky at forefront in hemp production

    As senators from Kentucky, we’ve been fortunate to meet many of the farmers who help make our state work. Agriculture is a vital part of Kentucky’s economy, and we’ve learned from Kentucky’s farmers that one way to keep our state’s agricultural sector growing is to explore new, viable cash crops for the state. This is why we’ve put our support behind expanding industrial hemp research.

  • What St. Catharine meant to The Berry Center

    After starting The Berry Center in 2011, the first project we took on was what became the Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine College, a school founded by The Dominican Sisters of Peace in Springfield in 1931.

  • Positive sign point to economic development

    “Site Selection” is not a magazine most of us would keep on our coffee table, but for those in government and business who track economic development, this publication is one not to be missed.
    Fortunately, it has had a lot of good things to say about Kentucky in recent years, and over the past two, it has awarded us its annual Governor’s Cup for having more major job announcements than any other state on a per capita basis.

  • In remembrance of a friend named 'Bo'

    My childhood friend, Vinis “Bo” Kelly, Jr., died May 6. We became friends when I was in the second grade and Bo was in the third.

    Bo initiated the friendship. I never knew why. I wish I had asked him.

    I do know what gave rise to our friendship. It was a schoolyard bully and his cronies.

    The bully and his cronies shall remain nameless. Perhaps over time, they grew up to be good men.

    They were not good boys. For today, I will refer to them as “B and Company.”

  • Fresh face joins Local for the summer

    As luck would have it, dog hugging, blanket fort-building and antique shopping are not majors offered at Campbellsville University, where I go to school. I’m proficient in all of these things; however, my natural love for writing and people led me to choose mass communications with an emphasis in journalism and an English minor.

  • Addressing obesity rates in Kentucky

    To get a better understanding of just how prevalent obesity has become in America, consider that no state had more than 20 percent of its adult population fall in that category in 1996.  Today, no state has less.

  • Plant milkweed to support monarchs

    When what seemed like our first taste of early spring arrived the weekend of May 14 with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s — freaky because we’re halfway through May — I labored to add about 30 flowers to my pollinator garden.

  • Jumping overboard to save one's life

    After preaching a particularly challenging sermon, I received the following text from a church member: “Your sermon made me uncomfortable today. Think I’m gonna have to switch churches so I can feel better.” 

    I understand my church member’s sentiment. Sometimes things hurt so badly and life is so stressful, we long for escape.   

  • Milestone moments just days away for grads

    In anyone’s lifetime, there are only a handful of milestone moments — your wedding day, birth of a child, starting your own business, the first day of retirement.

    But for about 200 young people in our county, the milestone moment of graduating from high school is only a few days away. They’ll be taking their first wobbly steps into adulthood by heading off to college, starting full-time jobs or packing for basic training in the military.

  • Making efforts to attract rarely seen birds

    English sparrows are the rats of the avian world, at least in my opinion. English sparrows are the Euro-trash that, after being brought here by well-intentioned folks, collect around cities in the United States and bully the natives.