• Who made you judge and jury?

    By Jon Edgell

    Two taxidermists stopped before a window where an owl was on display. Immediately they criticized the way the owl was mounted. They noted that the eyes were not natural, nor the wings proportionate to its head, and its feathers were not neatly arranged, and its feet needed improvement. When they had finished their criticisms, the owl turned its head and winked at them.

  • Honoring vets as Independence Day approaches

    By Jimmy Higdon

    As we start the summer, I wanted to tell you about a great experience. Words can’t describe the awesome trip I recently took aboard Honor Flight Bluegrass – a nonprofit that flies veterans to Washington’s war memorials.

  • Drug me not!

    By Joberta Wells

    Aimovig, Myrbetriq, Entresto, Chantix, Biktarvy, Brilinta, Humira, Orilissa, Eucrisa, Eliquis, Farxiga, Latuda, Ilumya! What are these? They sound like the names of Oriental potentates or compatriots of Genghis Khan. They’re not; they are the names of some of the drugs you see advertised many times every day on television. Pay close attention or you will have no idea what they are used to treat. Their names don’t give you a clue.

  • 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!”

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • The Amish Cook June 12

    By Gloria Yoder

    If you could see me at the moment you would probably laugh out right.

    Tonight as I was getting ready for bed I discovered that today was column day. You’d think after five years of writing, a person would not simply forget their assigned day for writing; that’s’ just what I did.