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Columns

  • House week in review

    By Rep. Daniel Elliott

    Kentucky House leaders resolved last month to bring an end to tragedies like the 2018 shooting that took two lives in Marshall County by making school safety their top priority for the 2019 Regular Session.

    That resolve grew this week as House Bill 1—bipartisan legislation bearing the chamber’s premier designation—was brought before the House Education Committee for discussion one day after lawmakers returned to Frankfort from their session break.

  • The Amish Cook Feb. 6

    By Gloria Yoder

    This year as I think of Valentine’s Day my heart fills with joy. What is more beautiful than simply love?

  • Bevin’s speech on media

    Gov. Matt Bevin attended the Kentucky Press Association’s 150th Anniversary Gala Jan. 24 in Louisville and delivered a speech on media. In it, he asked newspapers to look to inspire the best in their communities instead of looking for provocative news to divide us. He has a point. But is he being realistic?

  • Scholarships, grants and the Kentucky Lottery

    By Jimmy Higdon 

    As we look forward to the continuation of the 2019 Regular Session, I would like to take some time to address a monetary issue that is mentioned by many constituents: “What happens to the Kentucky Lottery money?” This year, the General Assembly is continuing to focus on the critical matters of Kentucky’s education systems. Nonetheless, it is important to keep students aware of their many post-graduation options.

  • Millennials want school choice, too

    By Jim Waters

    New polling indicates that not only are policies empowering parents to decide how, what and where their children learn more popular than ever, but the support school choice enjoys across political, demographic and geographical spectrums reveals that educational freedom isn’t just about helping minority students escape failing urban schools.

  • The Amish Cook Jan. 30

    By Gloria Yoder

    As I contemplated on what areas of our lives to fill you in on, I thought to myself, “There’s nothing really new going on.”

  • Intersectionality and you

    How much privilege do you have?

    My curiosity about the left’s growing interest in privilege and social justice was a passing dismissal until I watched a video by a woman explaining intersectional feminism. Though I lean decidedly right on a number of issues, I’m always willing to hear out opposing viewpoints.

  • Meeting Larry Rowell

    By Donna Carman

    Former Editor

    The Casey County News

    It was the spring of 2008 and time for this former editor of The Casey County News to review the applications of college students who were seeking summer positions as an editorial intern with the Kentucky Press Association. I flipped through them – dismissing the ones I thought lived too far away to want to work in Liberty, Ky.; the ones who couldn’t string two sentences together; and the ones who specified they wanted to work for the “big” papers.

  • Requiem for a friend

    By Joberta Wells

    This is not an obituary — please understand that right up front. This is a requiem, a remembrance, of somebody not born in Casey County but who came here and made himself an indelible part of the county.

    Our dear friend and former editor of The Casey County News, Larry Rowell, departed this world for whatever lies beyond a little after midnight on Friday, January 25. He succumbed to a particularly vicious form of cancer.

  • The Amish Cook Jan. 23

    By Gloria Yoder

    Since our move here to “the home place,” which is an Amish term used for the homestead where the parents used to live, we have been blessed with the opportunity to host some large church gatherings and events.