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Columns

  • On Passion Week

    By Jon Edgell

    When was the last time you heard a message on the Passion Week?

    Just so we’ll all be on the same page, Passion Week (now often called Holy Week) is the seven days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday refers to the day that Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem with waving palm branches and shouts of Hosanna (literally save now). Easter Sunday, also called Resurrection Sunday, is the third day after the Friday Jesus was crucified. He died, was buried and rose from the dead.

  • This week at the State Capitol

    FRANKFORT — Taxes, felony expungement, and election laws were among the high-profile issues under the spotlight this week as the General Assembly’s 2019 session neared its final day.

    This week was the busiest of the year at the State Capitol as lawmakers worked into the evening to put the final touches on bills that they wanted to get across the finish line by the end of the night on March 14, their final working day before the start of a veto recess. The recess runs to March 28, when lawmakers will return to the Capitol for the session’s final day.

  • Supers offer ‘contrary position’ on school choice

    By Jim Waters

    A recent press conference by superintendents at the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative in Shelbyville featured lots of jaw-flapping but little-to-no evidence about how attacking scholarship tax-credit legislation giving poor and middle-class Kentucky biological and foster care parents and guardians the same opportunity as rich folks to give their children a private education is in students’ best interest.

  • More than curb appeal

    By William Holland 

  • The Amish Cook March 20

    By Gloria Yoder

    How about tackling a day in the kitchen, making fry pies? When my sister-in-law, Virginia, first mentioned the thought, it really seemed to be an excellent idea, yet to myself, I wondered how I could do it with our four preschoolers. A couple days later her husband John and Daniel came up with the idea that they could babysit while we ladies made fry pies.

  • General Assembly Sends Bills to Governor

    By Daniel Elliott

    Members of the House finished business and walked off the floor late into the night on March 14. Since it is late in the session, the majority of the bills we considered this week were from the Senate, or House bills that were amended in the Senate with changes that had to be agreed on by the House.

    We will reconvene for the final day of session on March 28, to consider overriding any vetoes the Governor might issue and deal with any last minute business. When we adjourn then we will close the books on the 2019 Regular Session.

  • Appreciating the simpler things

    By Gloria Yoder

    I know it sounds lazy, but if I could, I’d just press a button and have a whole batch, yes a whole batch with five loaves of fresh steaming bread right now, straight from the oven. In fact, I’d have a slice right now with butter and plenty of honey!

  • House week in review

    By Rep. Daniel Elliott

    Follow-up and clarification of some 2018 state tax changes affecting charities and other nonprofit organizations were addressed by the Kentucky House last month when it advanced a tax relief bill on to the Senate.

  • Higdon’s legislative update

    By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

    The pace of activity in the Capitol is picking up as we rapidly approach the end of the 153rd Regular Session. With only a few days left to pass bills, the Kentucky General Assembly has been working in overdrive to develop the best legislative policy for the Commonwealth.

    Many big issues have been addressed in this 30-day short session. This was one of our busiest weeks yet as bills concerning abortion, medical marijuana, and education had Frankfort buzzing with visitors to attend rallies and committee meetings.

  • Family and Consumer Sciences news

    By Debbie Shepherd,
    CEA Family and Consumer Sciences

    No-Sleep Retreat
    No-Sleep Retreat will be held March 15 and 16 Casey County Extension Education Building. We will begin at 5 p.m. Friday evening and Quilting/Sewing/Crafting/Painting/Projects until 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Free and open to the public.