• Ever since Barak Obama took the White House in 2008, Sen. Mitch McConnell has said that the president’s administration would target the coal industry as being bad for the environment and therefore if enough EPA regulations are passed, the coal industry can basically be regulated out of business.
    It’s certainly been no secret that the Obama, Harry Reed, and Nancy Pelosi liberal Democratic coalition strongly favors alternate forms of energy such as wind turbines and solar energy among others.

  • As I was sitting quietly at a table last Thursday night during intermission of the  “Know your Candidates” political forum, I overheard an audience member say, “You just never hear the candidates say HOW they are going to change things.”

  • Ants, ants, ants – pests!

    It's spring and the little ants are coming in. Where do they go all winter and why don't they stay there? All I know is I have been invaded by these tiny pests.
    People everywhere have cures for how to get rid of them but before we go to those, let me tell you about something that happened to me recently.

  • The year was 1965. We — my mother, dad, and older brother, Mark — had just finished supper.
    That’s when Eric called to speak to Mark.

  • For those of you who have not yet met me, or literally have no idea who I am or why this random lady is suddenly popping up in your local newspaper, please allow me to explain.
    A few weeks ago I found an online job posting from The Casey County News that said they were looking for a new staff writer. This position opened at a crucial time in my life —  a time during which I was almost forced to give up my stubborn writing dreams completely for the sake of survival. Needless to say, I am very fortunate to be sitting here, writing for you today.

  • In covering a court hearing on Monday in the Casey County Judicial Center, I overheard a native Casey Countian say that he had never been in the courtroom since the building was built.
    I began wondering how many other “natives” had never darkened the door of one of the courtrooms since the building opened in late 2003.

  • Years ago when our son, Dave Jr., was about 7 or 8 years old, he awoke early one Easter morning before anyone but I was awake, and he immediately began singing the chorus of the Don Francisco song, “He’s Alive.”
    “He’s alive yes He’s alive/Yes He’s alive and I’m forgiven,” Dave sang as he hopped out of bed.
    At first, before I could understand what he was singing, I thought something was wrong with him: Maybe he was having a bad dream or was sick and crying for help.

  • As you can see in today’s paper, Republican Senate hopeful Matt Bevin was in Liberty on Monday to do a bit of campaigning and to gain some name recognition.
    Several people at the Village Restaurant, asked if they knew who Bevin was or what he believed, responded that they did not.
    But ask local people who Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is, and they will tell you that  they indeed know him.
    In addition, one woman told me that “this is Mitch McConnell’s town,” referring to Liberty and Casey County.

  • Hooray for Beulah Milbern. She took my question about the origin of the name of Labascus to heart. I got the following information from her:
    “I looked in the book ‘Kentucky Place Names’ by Robert Rennick and it said: Labascus, Casey County, on KY 501 six miles south of Liberty, an extinct post office, was named for its first postmaster, Labascus J. Minton. The post office was in service intermittently from November 7, 1882 until it closed in 1954.”

  • While you, dear readers, may recall that I am not a University of Kentucky Wildcat fan, I do have to admit that watching them in the NCAA tournament has been exciting.
    As I write this column, the game is little more than two hours from tipoff. I suspect UK will win and I genuinely hope they do.
    If the Cats had lost to Wisconsin on Saturday night, then as a friend of mine posted on Facebook, a UConn-Wisconsin national championship game could have been shown on the C-Span channel and no one would have noticed.

  • Last Wednesday, on March 26, a fierce fire broke out in the city of Boston and tragically, the fire claimed the lives of two firefighters.

    Lt. Edward J. Walsh, 43 – a father of three – and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33, a U.S. Marine veteran, were killed fighting the blaze that engulfed an apartment building, according to the Boston Herald.  

  •  “The sun is finally out, the weather is warming up, I’m definitely heading home and putting on my Beach Boy records,” a friend once told me one bright, sun-shiny spring day, back when people still played records.

    I now know why she was thinking about those good vibrations: We tend to invoke music that parallels the circumstances of our lives.

  • A tempest in a teapot. That’s right, I said it, and in my opinion, not worth all the fuss.

    Rumors flew around this county concerning the Tri-State Freethinker’s group that had asked through the ACLU to place books on humanism in the county’s three elementary schools.

    Their request came in response to the Gideons making available New Testaments this past fall in the same schools.

  • If you were to insist that what makes the Bible a special book is not its outward appearance ― whether it’s bound in leather or cloth, colored bright pink or plain brown ― but what’s inside it ― its message, meaning, and purpose, I would heartily agree.

    But then again, the very presence of the Good Book can not only speak to the soul, it can even save a life. 

  • Let me tell you about my friend, Ophelia. That’s not her real name because she told me she would cause me to have a slow and very painful death if I ever used her real name. That woman is a hoot!

    Ophelia is married to a man we’ll call Sylvester. He, too, is a real hoot. Both of them have wacky senses of humor although Sylvester’s is a bit quieter than Ophelia’s but he can pull some real zingers.

  • Last Thursday, March 20 was the first official day of spring and with some time, maybe the weather will follow suit with the calendar. 

    However, with college basketball taking over the nation with all the buzz about rankings and brackets, spring is feeling pretty good right about now.

    Speaking of basketball, I’ve been told all season to wait until March and see what UK can do– well it’s finally here.

    I quite enjoyed the Wildcats falling to the Gators in the SEC tournament losing by a heartbreaking one point, 61-60.

  •  Every now and then I find myself with plenty to do, but lacking in motivation to get anything accomplished. 

    If I find myself near a computer (many of you can pull video up on your phone) I’ll take about five minutes and watch a video, just for a quick distraction. 

    I have recently come across a video collection posted on the Toronto Zoo’s Web page that has documented the life of their new polar bear cub born last November.

  •  Richie Farmer, the fallen and disgraced two-term former Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, has raised another ruckus, but this time concerning his jail sentence.

    Farmer pleaded guilty in September to using state resources for his personal benefit, including having employees chauffeur his dog on state time, among others.

    In January, a judge sentenced Farmer to 27 months in prison and also ordered him to pay $120,500 in restitution, with $105,500 going to the state and $15,000 going to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

  •  With his gray hair, radiant smile, erect posture, suit coat and dress tie, he could have passed as an emissary sent by an official to deliver an important message.  I guessed he had something to say to me, something urgent it seemed. After briefly introducing himself, he quickly got to the point.

    “You know what you are?” 

    I had a feeling I was about to find out.