• LTADD marks 50 years of strengthening communities

    We have a great deal to be proud of in the Lincoln Trail Region. Our economy is strong. Our communities are regularly recognized on the national stage for any number of things – tops in start-ups, among the safest, a great place to do business, an ideal spot to retire, and much more. 

  • Road plan update, honoring teachers and state employees

    One of the most important functions of my job as your state representative is to fight for funding for key road and bridge projects in our communities.

  • Men and women of honor

    We hear so much bad news at times that it crowds out the good. We begin to think there are no honorable people going out of their way to make our communities a better place to live in and to be proud of. You would be wrong to feel that way. There are good people and organizations still out there. One such group is called the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.

    Today I want to tell you about these honorable men and women.

  • One size does not fit all

    I always know spring is here and summer is coming because suddenly everyone starts panicking about being “summer body” ready. Suddenly everyone wants to shed a couple pounds and tone up for the summer. Me, too. Sometimes, I find myself comparing my body to other women before I even realize what is happening, and when I finally realize it, I feel pretty lousy. 

  • Be a teacher

     I have been a teacher since 1968, in three different states, working in both public and private schools. When I started college, I wanted to be a biologist or paleontologist. I always loved science. My dad had been a teacher in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and would tell me stories from his few years of teaching in a one room school in Martin County. He rode a horse from his house to the school and stayed with a local older couple as a boarder. Then, he rode back home after school each Friday. 

  • Respecting the debate

     Over the past few weeks, I have found myself very interested in different debatable topics. Whether it is political, religious, racial, or about basic human rights, I have done a lot of listening and hearing out other people’s opinions. 

    I am at an age where figuring out who I am and what I believe is important. Though I have always had strong morals and am content in what I believe, that doesn’t mean I can’t educate myself on what others believe and why they do. 

  • Shop for a cause at the Hosparus Health Thrift Shoppe

     Everyone loves to score a great bargain. Did you know that shopping at the Hosparus Health Thrift Shoppe not only saves you money, it also makes a difference in the lives of your very own friends and neighbors? 

  • “Outlaws & Locals”

     Jesse James rode through Perryville, Kentucky in the late 19th century and according to some, he was hidden in a secret room at a house in Springfield for several days.  My great great grandfather Ernest McGraw was a blacksmith in Perryville and passed down this story, along with his anvil, to descendants of the Henry Best family.  Ernest could pick up that anvil by the horn with one hand.  

  • Immigration is not the problem, we are
  • Embracing the heat

    By Marlena Stokes

    Sumer Intern 


    In today’s society, people like to complain. They will complain about almost anything and everything, but one of the most common topics I have seen people complain about is the weather.

    You fill in the blank: “It’s too ________.” Hot. Cold. Humid. Windy. Rainy. Bright. Dark.