• “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: 

  • Independence Day: A celebration of freedom and unity

     Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July has been observed as a day for patriotism and unity. It is on this day that patriots dared to create a new form of government for a new people — a country in which freedom reigned. It is with celebration, reflection, and remembrance that we observe this Independence Day.

  • Selecting the next president

     Remember when the news gave us the bare facts – no opinion, spin or political slant? Think about it, many younger folks have never seen news in an unbiased format! It is not only how the story is presented, but also what they choose to report (or avoid) to fit their agenda. Channel surf the news a few nights and compare the stories they televise. Ask yourself, does the coverage actually address any of the serious problems in our nation? Why would any legitimate news agency align itself with one party over another?

  • Workforce Crisis Task Force encouraging employer involvement

     In June, the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board held its second annual Workforce Crisis Task Force Summit at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. With about 70 employers, educators, service providers and others on hand, it was a time to share information about the task force’s work over the past year and to begin developing new plans to increase workforce participation in our region. 

  • Commonwealth attorney's job is to ‘do justice’

    Editor’s note: The following is a response to a guest column written by Tim Mattingly that appeared in last week’s edition.


  • Honoring vets as Independence Day approaches

     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.

  • Typical types of texters

    In case you were unaware, it is now the 21st century, where people owning personal cellular devices are common. 

    We have seen these devices go from feeling like a brick, to being held in your back pocket and able to flip open. Now we have “smart phones,” where the devices are literally smarter than us, the humans who created them.