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Columns and Editorials

  • Back to School: a handy health and safety checklist

    By Jennifer Grove, Bluegrass Pharmacy

    It’s just about that time again: Time to switch from swimsuits to school clothes and from beach bags to backpacks. That’s the easy part. 

    What about preparing your child to have the healthiest and safest school year possible? Here’s a handy checklist to help.

  • Much to be proud of in the Commonwealth

    When it comes to being home to icons known around the world, few states can compete with Kentucky.

  • Harvest offers something for everyone

    A tradition that began 17 years ago to celebrate the agricultural roots of Henry County will again take place this weekend.

    On Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds, freinds and neighbors will gather at the Henry County Harvest Showcase to purchase fresh produce, browse local crafts and artwork, eat wonderful food prepared with locally sourced ingredients and be entertained with live music.

  • 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.