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Columns

  • Thankful to be married… I think

    I might not be married.
    I probably am. But Emily and I aren’t exactly sure.
    Don’t get me wrong, we said our vows before God and a crowd of witnesses. We sealed our promises with a kiss. The music played. People cheered. But a small discovery we made about three years ago might mean the two of us didn’t quite tie the knot as recognized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
    Emily was the most beautiful bride I had ever seen. Neither one of us could keep the tears in as she walked down the aisle toward me.

  • Don’t take clean water for granted

    Other than during a rare boil-water advisory, most of us don’t think twice when we turn on the faucet. We just expect clean and plentiful water to be there.
    For about 95 percent of Kentuckians, that’s exactly what we get each and every day from the 400-plus public and community water systems that serve the commonwealth. These systems meet or exceed health-based standards at an incredible rate of 99.73 percent.

  • ‘Little Women’ featured remarkable teen talent

    By G.B. Dixon

  • Give back to your veterans

    After the hubbub of Halloween and Election Day, we often miss one very important day to this nation — Veterans Day on Nov. 11. We celebrate the lives of those who have given so much for our country and who are still giving so much. Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day, so named because at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Armistice with Germany went into effect, ending the dominant hostilities of World War I.

  • Winnie the pooch

    When I got out of the car, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The ground was soft and muddy everywhere I stepped. I couldn’t help but notice the signs posted all over the property: We (heart) collies, or COLLIE CROSSING or simply a silhouette of the four-legged animal with a thick neck of hair and a long snout.
    I was there to buy a dog.

  • Celebrating our region’s entrepreneurial success

    By Mo Miller

    Entrepreneurs are often and rightfully called the backbone of our economy. Most businesses in our region and across the county are small businesses, and they create nearly two of every three new jobs. As importantly, our communities’ entrepreneurs prove time and again that hard working, determined people can build a better life for themselves and their families.

  • The recallable nickel’s time has come

    “All forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
    - Victor Hugo

  • Not my hotel room

    When I graduated with a degree in journalism back in 2009, it wasn’t exactly my dream to be loading and unloading trucks full of Pepsi bottles and shelving them in coolers throughout Western Kentucky’s gas stations and grocery stores. The pay was terrible and the hours were long. It didn’t help that everyone I worked with was actively looking for a way out.
    I spent whatever free time I had sending resume-after-resume to just about any newspaper that was hiring. It didn’t matter how far away.

  • ‘Sharks’ to host business pitch contest for veterans

    If you are a veteran, transitioning service member or military spouse and have an idea for a new product or service, get ready to pitch your business to the Sharks of the Heartland.

  • Cents and sensibility – advice from the taxman

    By Harry VanWhy

    A couple of weeks ago my granddaughter Vanessa invited me to have lunch with her for book fair week at Glasscock Elementary School. I was very proud that she wanted me to visit her at her school (even though I knew the purpose was to buy her a new book from the book fair!) During my visit there however it became quite apparent to me how badly her school needed some repair and maintenance attention.