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Columns and Editorials

  • Get your motor running - not

    Simple as it is, my first ever carport is doing its job — sparing me from the worst ravages of winter.

    In the latest proof that “it’s better to be lucky than good,” the only move-in-ready house we could find in our relocation last year also provided an overhang just big enough to squeeze both our Chevys under.

    I haven’t had to suffer frozen fingers or numbness from scraping frost off my windshield even once, despite the Midwestern chill.

  • Phone company president supports new communications laws

    In my travels across the Commonwealth, I hear from folks excited about their new smartphones, their modern tablets, and their high-speed Internet connections at home.  I interact with businesses that are thriving because of their modern broadband connectivity, both wired and wireless. 

  • Breaking through the glass ceiling

    There’s a quote that says, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

    If that is the case, I was witness to a very rare history-making event and I almost missed it.

    At the beginning of last week’s Henry County Public Schools Board of Education meeting, Miranda Clubb was named the chair of the board. It was an agenda item that could have easily been overlooked and it happened so quickly and quietly, I had little time to jump up and grab a quick picture to preserve the moment.

  • Kentucky lost a 'true statesman' in Ford

    Late last week, Kentucky lost one of its true statesmen with the passing of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford.

    Since then, there have been numerous accolades about his many accomplishments in Washington, D.C. – from helping to write and pass the Family and Medical Leave Act to promoting Kentucky’s signature coal and tobacco industries – but it is worth noting that several actions taken during his time as governor continue to benefit Kentuckians today.

  • Mesker: a legacy cast in iron

    Unexpectedly, I felt a burst of Evansville, Ind., hometown pride while talking to New Castle Main Street Manager Jeff Thoke last week.

    It didn’t occur to me while seeking the history of the city’s Locker building — on which there’s still a lot of blanks to fill in, if anybody out there would like to help — several artifacts from 160 miles away would turn up.

  • Senate passes four bills in first week of session

    By Paul Hornback, State Senator

    “Creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families” — this is how our caucus defined the overall goals of the Senate this session, and I’m proud to report that four of our priority bills to accomplish those objectives passed the Senate in our first week and are now on the way to the House.

  • Stewardship of land and animals taken seriously

     

    Sometimes I say it just to see how people will react.

    “I raise hogs,” I say.

  • Post-Christmas question: Is this all there is?

     

    As I sit to write this, the sun, which has been absent too many days, is shining brightly and streaming in through my window.  Just outside the window a redbird perches on a fence, taking in the brilliance of the sun and reflecting it through his red feathers.  

  • Feeding feathered friends without much flap

     

    Despite the gray veil of winter having descended on my new Kentucky home, a congregation of robins alit on every tree branch and went on thoroughly patrolling my neighborhood.

  • Thanks for donations

    I wanted to thank all the Henry Countians who donated Christmas Cards (old and new) to Henry County’s Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. With your help we reached our goal of 1,000 cards. The cards were distributed to the Veterans’ Hospitals in Louisville and Lexington, as well as the Providence and Twin Oaks homes in Henry County.
    Next year with your help, we hope to include residents at additional veterans’ facilities. Now is the time to start saving cards for next year’s project.