• Mattresses cost what?

    By Joberta Wells

    Did you see as many Memorial Day sales advertised on TV as I did? They were everywhere.

    There must be lots of mattresses in this world that are looking for new homes because most of the commercials I noticed were for them. I almost swallowed my chewing gum when I saw one that said the price was $1,000 off. One thousand dollars off? What in the world did that sucker cost if they could offer it for a thousand dollars off?

  • An 1801 Kentucky duel

    By Stuart W. 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.

  • Father’s Day

    By Jon Edgell

    Last Sunday was Father’s Day. Since 1907 it has been a celebration of fathers and fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In tribute to this holiday the prolific author, Martha Bolton, penned the following:

  • Ask Ashlie

    By Ashlie Custer


    My first question comes from Bambi Shingler. “Ashlie, I would love to see a report on the 5G towers that are installed currently in Casey County, where they are located, any possible plans to add more towers, the pros/cons of this technology and if our residents have a say in any possible expansion.

    Thanks, Ashlie!”

  • Protecting our youth from nicotine addiction

    By Mitch McConnell

    The youth vaping crisis is putting the health of our children at risk.

    To address this rampant and dangerous new trend, I’ve introduced the “Tobacco-Free Youth Act,” a bipartisan federal bill with my fellow tobacco state colleague, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). Once enacted, our legislation will raise the minimum purchase age for all tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 and help protect young people from nicotine.

  • The Amish Cook June 19

    By Gloria Yoder

    It’s a sunny day. In fact, it’s a bit humid and makes it feel like summer a couple weeks early. Each season comes with its blessings, but also things to work with. Whether we grump over the heat or fuss over all the extra clothes it takes to keep five little ones warm during the winter month, I’m finding that happiness is not as much about my surroundings as my attitudes.

  • Fried apple pies — love them!

    By Joberta Wells

    What is so rare as a day in June (thank you, James Russell Lowell) and what is so rare as a really, really great fried apple pie?

    Almost everyone has had a fried apple pie at one time or another but not everyone has had a really great one. Too often the pastry is too thick and dry, the pastry is sometimes gummy, the filling is made of canned apples or applesauce, some are even baked (horrors!), some are fried in some “heart- healthy” fat, and most are just generally inedible for those of us who have eaten some of the greatest.

  • Education since Rose: Remove the rose-colored glasses

    By Jim Waters

    It’s been 30 years since the Kentucky Supreme Court’s Rose v. Council for Better Education decision that declared the entire body of the commonwealth’s school laws unconstitutional.

    The ruling, which resulted in the single largest tax increase in the state’s history, went far beyond the initial claims of the lawsuit, which were primarily focused on money.

  • Lawmakers work continues through summer

    By Jimmy Higdon

    It’s nearly summertime! Time for a break from school in addition to barbecues, baseball and maybe a vacation. But June also marks the start of the interim period for the Kentucky General Assembly.

    That’s a time when standing committees of both chambers come together to form interim joint committees. For instance, the transportation committees of the House and Senate become the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation.

  • What is needed

    By Jon Edgell

    What the world needs is what the church needs and what the church needs is a clear understanding of the gospel. The Greek word for gospel is used seventy-seven times in the New Testament portion of the Bible. It mean a good message, good tidings; good news. It is actually a common word used in the public arena. For example, the ancient Greek author Homer uses this word in his epic work, The Odyssey.