Columns and Editorials

  • Improvements in special education benefit Ky. students

    Before the mid-1970s, special education in our country’s public schools was all but non-existent. Many students were either outright denied the opportunity to attend because of their disability, or they received inferior instruction if they were able to enroll.

    That, thankfully, began to change in 1975, when Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act and required each state to provide appropriate services in this critical area.

  • Taking Kentucky's temperature: How we rank in U.S.

    Kentucky received some welcome news last month when a national study found that no state had a smaller gap when comparing the high school graduation rates of students from low- and higher-income families.

    The average gap across the country stands at 15 percent, but it’s just 1 percent here in the commonwealth.  In fact, our low-income students graduate at a higher rate than the overall national average, something only five other states can say.

  • Value-added ag venture adds to economic prosperity

    Even as tobacco has declined, agriculture still seems to be a major area of growth for Henry County and its economy.

    The afterglow of the Henry County Fair and all the hustle and bustle behind the recent Harvest Showcase probably contributed to this impression, but it seems like most of the favorable attention the county receives stems from agriculturally related topics and products.

  • Annual festival draws thousands thanks to teamwork

    I was honored to serve as this year’s chairperson for the Henry County Harvest Showcase, now in its 17th year. We had a wonderful day Saturday for the showcase. The weather cooperated and we estimate that between 3,300 and 3,500 people attended the festival. 

    An event of that size is truly an undertaking and there are many individuals to thank for the success of this year’s Harvest Showcase.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.