• Let’s face it — times are tough and money is scarce, especially when it comes to Kentucky’s state budget.
    Most departments have experienced cuts and agency leaders have been ordered to make cuts in order to makeup for budget shortfalls.
    The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has to fill an $86.6 million budget hole for the next fiscal year.

  • “You’ve got to be kidding me.” That was my wife’s response when I told her I was going on a vegan diet plan, which is a vegetarian diet that excludes meat, dairy products, and eggs.
    My son, Dave, was more blunt, “You might as well turn in your man card, Dad.
    It happened like this. One of my friends, who is an avid runner, mentioned that she has trouble getting adequate protein in her diet.
    “I’ve never had trouble eating animals that are raised and killed for food,” I commented.

  • TV and the Internet are loaded with ads purported to help those of us who suffer from incontinence, erectile dysfunction, hair loss, irritable bowel syndrome, restless leg syndrome, obesity, and other horrors. They urge you to go to your doctor and have him prescribe whatever drug or procedure they are pushing. They tell you that if you take their drugs, you and your partner will spend many hours happy, healthy, and looking at the scenery from your matching outdoor bathtubs.

  • Since many readers know that I am not a native Kentuckian but do dearly love my adopted state, I have to say that I don’t get the utter hatred some Cats fans have for the University of Louisville, and vice-versa.
    Facebook posts have people stating that they just cannot pull for the Cardinals because they only root for the Big Blue.

  • Some predicted the meeting between newly elected Pope Francis I and his predecessor, Benedict XVI, would be awkward. After all, the Roman Catholic Church hasn’t had a pope resign in 600 years. What would the two men say to each other? Would Benedict tell Pope Francis what he should and shouldn’t be doing? Would the former pope be looking over the new pope’s shoulder? And would the new pope feel threatened, even resentful?
    Would people find themselves torn between two popes?

  • As Henny Youngman might have said, “Take my mud – please!” I am so sick of mud. We have rain in spring, summer, and fall so why is there so much more mud in winter? I want an answer NOW! No, I just want less mud.
    I have mud on my car, mud on my shoes, mud on my sidewalk, mud everywhere. I have mopped my floors so many times I almost don’t have any finish left on them.

  • I don’t often get to cover sports but this past Friday night I was at Walnut Hill Elementary School to cover league play for the Training League, composed of elementary school-age teams of kids who just flat out love to play basketball.
    Although I only saw three of the teams play in a two-hour period, it was enough to convince me that basketball madness reaches all ages.
    It was impressive to see the number of parents and grandparents who came out to support their kids and I was very pleased that their support consisted of positive shouts of encouragement.

  • The smoke had barely settled from the conclave of cardinal’s announcement that Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio had been elected as Pope Francis, when the scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, made their own announcement: the so-called “God particle” does indeed exist.
    “Look quick,” my wife told me, directing me to the evening news. “They’ve discovered the ‘God particle.’”

  • Love, exciting and new.
    Come aboard, we’re expecting you.
    Love, life’s sweetest reward,
    Let it flow, it floats back to you.

    That song was sung by Jack Jones at the beginning of each week’s “The Love Boat” TV show. The show in the late 1970s did more for the cruise industry than any advertising firm. Everybody went on a cruise or wanted to go on a cruise, especially single people hoping for romance.

  • I have to admit that I kind of got into following the news about the selection of a new Pope over the past few weeks.
    While I don’t comprehend everything about the black or white smoke coming from the chimney, I like the way the Cardinals held an enclave, where they lock themselves away and pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit before they vote.
    In searching for a new preacher, we Baptists mostly listen to pastoral candidates the search committee recommends.

  • While some in the county may be of the opinion that we have beaten this horse to death, we want to keep the issue of fiscal accountability before the residents of Liberty and Casey County.
    We follow government meetings closely and we’re happy to report what goes on in these meetings that are open to the public.
    Who knows what shenanigans might go on if we failed to attend these meetings on a regular basis?

  • Last week all the news media were full of the story of Valerie Harper, much-loved actress on the old “Mary Tyler Moore” TV show and, later, her own show, “Rhoda.” She announced that she has a very rare type of brain cancer and has about three months to live. Before that, everyone was following the progress of Robin Roberts who first had breast cancer then developed a rare blood disorder that required a bone marrow transplant.

  • It’s 9:30 p.m. on a week night in the Poodle Doo region (between Mintonville and Arygyle) of the county, kids have done homework, gotten baths, and are snoozing comfortably in their warm beds.
    Parents are poised in front of the TV also dozing off and contemplating going to bed.
    But all of a sudden, the windows in the house begin rattling, a wind has kicked up and a huge noise fills the house, like some type of helicopter is going to land in the yard.
    Secret agents? An invasion? The Army on maneuvers? A new Bruce Willis action film?

  • Mistakes happen, life happens, and sometimes you have to roll with the punches.
    In the case of last week’s Liberty Planning and Zoning Committee meeting, a mistake was discovered and now we’re in do-over mode.
    Dr. Laura Scott, wife of Nick Scott, wants to build a dental office on two lots on the corner of Hustonville and Allen streets.
    Currently zoned residential, the Scotts were proposing to have P & Z  recommend to the City Council that the lots be changed to mix-use, meaning residential or commercial.

  • Even though your house may appear to rest on solid ground, there is still the possibility you may find yourself suddenly awakened in the middle of the night by the rumble of your bedroom floor opening into a massive hole, sliding you and the contents of the room into its pit, interrupting your sweet dreams with dirt and debris.

  • Everybody is gaga over Downton Abbey! I missed the first two seasons and couldn’t figure out the fascination. I started Season Three and finished it wishing I had seen the first two seasons but I soon got up to speed without even knowing what happened in them.

  • Part of living is dealing with the unknowns when life happens. Add to the mix the political scene in Washington and Frankfort and the waters get even murkier.
    All the talk about $85 billion in sequestration cuts that President Obama signed into law on Friday night caused me to question how these cuts will affect Casey Countians.
    The White House issued a press release for the state of Kentucky outlining the ways cuts will hit across the state.

  • At the risk of beating the proverbial “horse to death,” we want to keep our readers up-to-date on information about the new Casey County Education Center that is expected to be built beginning late summer in downtown Liberty.
    This new college is exciting because it will afford more than 500 local students an opportunity to seek a two- and four-year college degree at an affordable price through colleges such as Somerset Community College, Campbellsville University, and Lindsey Wilson College, among others.

  • By Dr. David Whitlock, Pastor

    First Baptist Church, Lebanon

  • Like most of you, I work for a living and have to drive each day on Ky. 70 from Taylor County to the news office.
    I’ve driven it so many times in the past almost four years that there’s not an inch of that road I’m not familiar with. For the most part, it’s not a bad drive and I’ve pretty much gotten used to it.
    However, some of the things I’ve witnessed is enough to agree with the comedian who said: “You can’t fix stupid.”