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Columns and Editorials

  • Kentucky's efforts toward energy efficiency

    Even before it became a state in 1792, Kentucky’s energy potential was well-known.

    It all began in 1750, when Dr. Thomas Walker, one of Kentucky’s early explorers, discovered coal here, and our profile began expanding significantly 40 years later, when the first commercial coal mine opened in what is now Lee County.

  • Right to work may mean working for less

    A few counties have pinned their hopes for job growth and made a political point of passing local “right to work” laws, but the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy researchers say such laws could make the labor and wages situation worse instead of better.

    With half the states in the union having adopted these laws, any impact of new local and state governments introducing their own ordinances or statutes would be too diluted to matter, according to information from KCEP’s Anna Baumann.

  • Closing the food gap in Kentucky

    In recognition of National Volunteer Month, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks would like to honor the thousands of people in Kentucky who dedicate themselves to taking action against hunger. 

    The 800 local charitable feeding organizations in our network rely on a volunteer workforce to ensure that they can serve their clients. Each week 19,900 volunteers provide aid to food programs in the Commonwealth. The volunteers contribute a total of 81,200 hours per week.  

  • It's time to legalize industrial hemp
  • In recognition of local 911 dispatchers

    National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 12-18, was established by the United States Congress in 1991 to recognize the dedicated professionals who link the public to emergency services.  

     The Kentucky State Police-Post 5 is taking this opportunity to create public awareness of the important services delivered 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year by our emergency communications personnel. 

  • Consider adoption for your next furry friend

    For as long as I can remember, we’ve had a dog in our home. 

    Hobo, a small, fluffy mixed breed dog, is the first dog I can remember in my life. We lived in Campbellsburg across the old wooden bridge, and Hobo would walk to town with us to the store for a soda during the summer.

  • Laws passed in final hours of legislative session

    By Paul Hornback, State Senator

    Historical, life-saving legislation was approved by the Kentucky General Assembly during the final hours of the 2015 Session. Senate Bill 192, a comprehensive approach to stymie the scourge of heroin addiction in Kentucky, reached final passage after countless hours of bipartisan work throughout the session. In fact, this is the third year the Senate has led the charge on an anti-heroin bill. SB 192 was signed into law Wednesday morning by Gov. Beshear and is now in effect due to an emergency clause.

  • Alps tragedy prompts precious reminder

    Had anybody looked through my windshield while sitting in the public parking lot behind the Henry County Local for about 10 minutes after my arrival at work last Thursday, they would have seen me perplexed and stunned.

    I heard then for the first time over the radio how truly terrible the Germanwings plane crash in Europe that killed 150 people is. The horror goes beyond the death toll to disbelief about human behavior.

  • Basketball season leaves me odd woman out

    It’s a very awkward time of year for someone who is not a huge college basketball fan.

    Someone like me.

    I am not staying up late watching the games. I am not trolling facebook looking for extra tickets to games. No, I did not watch the game last night. I am not sweating my bracket.

  • Local politicians work together for agriculture and small business