• Public pension plan is approved

     The anticipated special session to tackle public pensions has come to a close, and the General Assembly has passed a new plan to provide relief for more than 100 quasi-governmental agencies—including local health departments, regional universities, domestic violence shelters, mental health providers and others.

    Everyone can agree that Kentucky has a real pension problem. Prior to this five-day session, quasi-governmental agencies allowed into the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS), were facing dramatically high pension costs.

  • Everyone has that ‘one person’
  • REAL ID is here to stay but is it right for me?

     FRANKFORT – There has been a lot of chatter about Kentucky rolling out new driver’s licenses to comply with the federal REAL ID Act enacted after the 9/11 terror attacks. The licenses are currently available in Franklin and Woodford counties. Other counties are expected to follow suit in the coming months. 

  • 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. 

  • Farmers are bullied by tariffs

    By Kris O’Daniel

    Farmers are a key ingredient in the rural economy, but might soon become an extinct breed. Both U.S. tariffs and retaliatory tariffs are placing farmers between a rock and a hard wall in an already compromised situation, due to severe impact from climate change.

    Some farmers support tariffs as they think it’ll force China to import more and had they enough savings, they could wait it out. Others are shaking their head while some believe in promises like this one from President Trump in January: