•  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. 

  •  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. 

  •  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? 

  •  President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Dave Adkisson’s last name was spelled incorrectly in the July 3 edition.

  •  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.  

  • 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. 

  • 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: 

  •  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.

  •  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?

  •  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. 

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


  •  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.

  •  Audrey Hunt, APRN, was incorrectly represented as doctor in a recent article. Hunt is actually a license nurse practitioner.

  • 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.  

  • What would a paleo spear point, a brass union eagle medallion and petticoat doors have in common? They were found on a farm between Lebanon and Springfield. Archaeologists believe the point may be from 10,000-12,000 BC. The eagle medallion was probably removed from the leather strap of a Yankee soldier’s cartridge box on his way to Perryville in 1862, as the 2 1/2” shiny brass circle made a perfect target for rebel sharp shooters.     

  • They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. How can it be the most important meal for our bodies when it is socially restricted to the basics? Cereal. Oatmeal. Eggs. You get the idea.
    Tell me, why are some foods only thought of as “breakfast foods,” or “lunch foods,” or “dinner foods?” I personally think the stereotype that follows specific foods around is preposterous. I am a firm believer that every type of food should not have a specific time they should only be eaten.

  •  Over the years, I have had the distinct pleasure of attending The Stephen Foster Story in historic Bardstown. The talented cast is always incredibly entertaining and the night flies by. The musical is truly a great Kentucky story about the life and music of one of America’s most influential songwriters, the talented Stephen Foster.

  •  Genuine friendships are very hard to come by. I have had my fair share of people casually walk in and out of my life, with me thinking they had their best intentions for me and they definitely did not. I know I’m still young, and I am at an age where I’m still trying to figure out who I am, but I’ve come to see that the people I surround myself with have a great impact on the person I am becoming.