• I was 16 years old when I first experienced how cruel cancer can be.

    My Nana was less than five feet tall but she had a big personality. She wore rouge on her cheeks, smelled of Jergens original almond scent lotion and loved to talk. My earliest memory of reading the newspaper was reading the “funnies” with her. She always read the cartoons first in the paper so she could start her day with a laugh.

    She was diagnosed with colon cancer and hospitalized just before my 16th birthday. I spent a lot of hours by her bedside.

  • Dear Editor,

    I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” for your help in making the 147 Washington Lodge #1513 a success.

  • By John Inscore Essick


  • By Denise Perry

    Deputy Judge-Executive

    Exciting things are happening on Elm Street in Eminence. Work is underway on the HOPE Center in a big way. When you drive by, you see the new window display identifying it as a Tri-County Community Action Agency site. What you don’t see is that phase one of the project has officially started.

  • I have known of God all my life, and I have spent a lifetime searching for God. That may seem like a contradiction to you. If I have known God all my life, why am I still searching for God?

  • By Stuart Sanders

    Kentucky Historical Society

    At first glance, the ring in the exhibit case appears to be unremarkable.

     Made of thin brass, the ring’s crown includes more than two dozen small seed pearls that encircle a plate of beveled glass. Twisted under the glass lies a wisp of brown and gray hair, woven into a minute design reminiscent of a Celtic knot.

  • By Robert King

    New Castle Mayor

  • Last week, following months of debate, the General Assembly gave final approval to a law that its supporters say is a path forward for the quasi-governmental agencies and regional public universities facing steep payments to Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS).

    Unfortunately, that path may look more like a dead end by next summer, when the legislation’s short-term financial relief is over and its long-term and very costly consequences take effect for our public health departments, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and the universities.

  • “Come on kids, get in the car, we have what we need and it is time to go!” said my father to his rambunctious trio of children as we kids piled into the Chevrolet and took our places in the back seat.

    Our mother entered on the passenger side, closed her door and off we went to the annual Brunswick Family Picnic that was held every summer on the grounds of the Brunswick factory where my father worked.

  • By Carden Willis

    In spring, it is seen as stark brown farm fields amidst the great glowing green. In summer, it follows farm fencerows like a sickly shadow. We may not notice its lingering presence in the parks and playgrounds where our children play. It is not apparent in our waterways or the air that we breathe. We definitely do not taste it in our breads, honey, eggs, Cheerios and beer, nor do we suspect it in our infant formula or even our breastmilk.  But sure enough, Roundup is in and around all of us and present in practically everything we eat.

  • While the approval of new laws is a wintertime activity, their actual implementation doesn’t generally take place until the much-quieter days of summer.

    This follows a constitutional requirement that says new laws take effect 90 days after the General Assembly completes its regular session. The only exceptions are if the law is an emergency or has a specific enactment date.

    Even with several days set aside for organizational matters, the General Assembly was able to approve a wide array of laws during our 30 meeting days.

  • I’ve been around a long time; and in the time I’ve lived, I’ve been privileged to know a lot of old people. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate their wisdom—wisdom born of experience, age and reflection. I am now one of those old people.

    In recent days, I’ve been reflecting on time—particularly the speed of time and the brevity of life.

  • By Stuart W. Sanders

    Kentucky Historical Society

    Technicians at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County have started destroying chemical weapons stored at the site.

     The first munition neutralized this month was mustard gas, a blistering agent that was widely used during the First World War. During that conflict, Kentuckians knew the dangers posed by that weapon as local soldiers fell victim to it and other poisonous gases.

  • BY D Wayne Martin


    I attended Eminence, a small school compared to the mega schools of today. And to most all students, past, present and future, there will always be that one educator, that one special teacher. The teacher, though her schedule was full, would take the time to assist in your understanding.

    I write of a teacher who helped change my view of life.

  • In 1860, the schooner Clotilda sailed from what is today Benin (a West African nation) to the United States. The Clotilda’s contraband cargo was unloaded, and then, in an attempt to destroy all evidence of the ship’s voyage, the captain of the Clotilda set the ship on fire and sank it.

  • The following was sent in a letter addressed to the Local by Rep. Rick Rand.

    With the 2019 Regular Session now behind us, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for letting me know your views and concerns. This dialogue, both in person and by phone and email, is the foundation of the legislative process.

  • I’ve been reading the Bible since I learned to read, and I’ve been a disciple of Jesus for 61 years. While I was only nine years old when I professed my faith in Jesus and was baptized, I knew I believed in Jesus and Jesus believed in me.

    On that day long ago, I had no questions and no doubts about Jesus or my faith.

    That was to change.

  • By Bobby King

    New Castle Mayor

    Social media sites and broadcast news of animal abuse pictures and individuals being charged with animal cruelty are becoming the norm for today’s news.

  • By Ernie Pyle

    Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist

    Editor’s Note: This is part three of a three-week series in honor of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6.

    NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 16, 1944 – I took a walk along the historic coast of Normandy in the country of France.

    It was a lovely day for strolling along the seashore. Men were sleeping on the sand, some of them sleeping forever. Men were floating in the water, but they didn’t know they were in the water, for they were dead.

  • As a great-granddaughter of a WWI veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and granddaughter of two WWII vets I grew up hearing stories of war.