• We should always try to be our brother’s keeper

    By Joberta Wells

    “It’s ten o’clock. Do you know where your children are?”

    This was a public service announcement that usually preceded the late news back in the 1960s and 1970s. Since I didn’t have any children, I never had to wonder. Back in those days parents generally knew the kids were home in bed, especially when it was a school night.

  • An introduction from the editor, and where the newspaper goes from here

    Thank you for picking up the newspaper — I mean that.

    I probably won’t write a lot of columns in the Casey County News, but I felt an introduction was appropriate. I also wanted to give our readers an idea of what I’m looking to accomplish at the newspaper. I have a few ideas of what we could add, and what we need to bring back.

  • Cook enjoys the aroma of salt-rising bread

    By Susan Schlabach

    Editor’s Note: While regular columnist Gloria Yoder is taking a week off to settle in with her two new foster children, Susan Schlabach, whose family owns one of my favorite plain-owned businesses, The Home Place Bakery, in Georgetown, Ohio, provides this column. The Schlabachs belong to the Beachy Amish-Mennonite church. The Beachy Amish-Mennonite church hews to many of the same traditions as the Old Order Amish but are more progressive in their adoption of technology and participating in missionary work.

  • Prune brambles to maintain healthy berry plants

    By Jeneen Wiche

    It’s time to clean up the bramble patch: In order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries we need to prune out the old to make room for the new. Most brambles are biennial, which means they fruit on second-year growth. Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and attach the new growth from this summer to your trellis; this new growth will bear next summer’s fruit. Repeat the same thing next year.

  • Clear the air: Reveal retirees’ benefits

    By Jim Waters

    When addressing generous benefits received by Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) retirees in this column, a voluminous email response — mostly critical — is the norm.

    “I seriously have issues with using the word ‘lavish’ for teachers’ pensions,” a science teacher in Jefferson County wrote. “The word produces images of wealthy retirees sitting out on their yachts or on a sunny beach somewhere enjoying their retirement.”

  • Research sheds light on Confederate statues

    By Stuart W. Sanders

    In Lexington, there are now holes in the ground where the statues of John C. Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan once stood.

    The removal of these statues has some residents angry. They say this is “erasing history.” Others call it a “cultural cleansing” and liken it to the burning of history books.

  • Harvesting sweet potatoes and planting garlic

    By Jeneen Wiche

    There are two categories of garlic to consider: Allium sativum, or softneck garlic, and Allium ophioscordon, or hardneck garlic.

  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Are you loved?

    By Dr. Angelia S. Bryant,

    Someone had the courage to Ask, “I have been married to a man who talks down to me for the last 5 years. During that time, he has called me every bad name possible. Then, after he calms down, he tells me he didn’t mean what he said. Still, it hurts me and, sometimes, I actually believe he is right about me. I’m not sure what to do.”

  • State pension problem stems from defined benefits system

    By Bob Martin
    Guest columnist

    There are two types of pension systems: the defined benefits program and the defined contributions program. It is telling that private employers totally abandoned defined benefits pensions in the 70s and 80s, while almost all public-sector employers still rely on defined benefits pensions. Private sector employers pay for pensions with their own money, while public-sector employers pay for pensions with someone else’s money.

  • Merit pay for teachers merits consideration

    By Jim Waters

    Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan at a recent town hall on public pensions bemoaned the fact that interest in vacant teaching positions has dropped in recent years from as many as 100 applicants per opening to as few as 10, with some openings in math and science-related fields nearly impossible to fill.