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Columns and Editorials

  • Jesus is still an unfathomable story

    By Michael Duncan

    After 54 years of being a Jesus-follower, 44 of those as a pastor, I confess that the Jesus story remains an unfathomable story.

  • Marie finally got the boat of her dreams

    By Candy Clarke

    My life is and seemingly always has been one of contrasts. Nothing exemplifies this more clearly than my fishing. On any given fishing trip, you might find me camped out in a tent with the bears; another trip you might find me in my motor home; or you could find me on a boat. On a boat is really nice. Especially if the boat belongs to my friends, Rusty and Marie!

  • It’s never too early to learn financial literacy

    Maintaining good personal financial practices and planning for the future can provide the foundation for lifelong security and stability.  National Financial Literacy Month is a great time to learn more about ways to make these important habits easier.

    By establishing good habits, individuals can protect and maximize the value of their dollars.  A number of public and private organizations provide a wealth of tools to aid the learning process.

  • March weather is poor indicator of late freeze

    With all of the warm weather there have been questions about whether there is any correlation between that warm weather and the last spring freeze event. The quick answer is No.

  • Spring great time to 'clean up' financial records

    With what appears to be an early spring, many people may have already started spring cleaning. As you prepare your house by dusting and cleaning, remember that spring cleaning should not be limited to only the physical space of your house.

    Take time to “clean” up financial records.

    Sort through financial paperwork, identify old statements that can be shredded or thrown away. It is always a good idea to shred any paperwork that contains personal information, especially bank account, credit card or other financial information.

  • Know the signs of COPD

    You may not know the scientific definition of COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but we all know what it looks like.

    The hacking cough, pursed-lip breathing, and portable oxygen tanks are an all-too-familiar scene at any local store.  COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.  COPD is a general name for progressive lung diseases that make it hard to breathe.  There are two main causes.

  • Returning to the place of my dreams

    When I was young, I felt like a captive locomotive. Time didn’t move fast enough for me. I couldn’t satiate my young appetite for the world that waited beyond my rural landscape. Part of my childhood was spent here in Henry County.

    My father and my two sisters lived in Lockport. We had chickens, two turkeys — Tom and Jezebel — and enough farmland for my stepbrother and I to have the idyllic adventures typical of rural America boys. We didn’t have running water or cable television, but we didn’t need them.

  • Protecting yourself from scam artists

    While we were lucky this time, many Kentuckians have lost a lot as a result of the March 2 tornadoes. As those hit the hardest begin to piece together their lives and rebuild, they should be on the lookout for those who may want to prey on their misfortune. Many times, after an area has been hit by a natural disaster, it will see an influx of scam artists and fly-by-night contractors, so take heed and keep these pointers in mind in case we are ever hit again.

  • A Capitol experience for Henry County 4-H

    A delegation of 24 4-H’ers and seven adults made their way to Frankfort last Tuesday to see our government in action. The day began with a general assembly of 4-H’ers from across the Commonwealth held in the Capitol Rotunda. Several legislators addressed the group and brought greetings. 

    The Henry County group attended several committee meetings where bills were reviewed and voted on by committee members. One of particular interest was on banning public smoking in restaurants across the state. 

  • Neighbors: What makes 'em good?

    Neighbors! We all have them. Whether five miles away or 20 feet away, we are all connected to our neighbors in some way. Neighbors, like friends and family, are part of our daily lives. There isn’t any escaping them. They are always there, close by.

    So why am I writing about neighbors? Am I bragging or complaining?  I would like to be modest and say neither, but that wouldn’t be exactly true. Being honest with myself, I would say I am in a state of amazement when it comes to my neighbors, both past and present.