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Columns

  • Festival season is in full swing

    By Terry Mills
    Kentucky State Representative

    If there is one theme binding the numerous festivals that take place across the commonwealth each year, it’s that if we raise it, grow it or use a lot of it, there’s almost certainly a community that celebrates it.

    Most of these festivals take place over a ten week period that begins in late August and runs through Halloween and food is often the focal point.  During that time, you can find events dedicated to apples, country ham, sorghum, bourbon, honey, and barbecue.

  • ...You better have a good moral to the story

    I don’t know very many people who don’t like a good story. One of my favorite music artists, John Prine, once said during a performance of a song “There’s one thing I’ve learned about writing story songs: If you are writing story songs you better have a good ending. And if you don’t have a good ending, you better have a darn good moral to the story.” In his typical humor he then concludes the song, Bottomless Lake, with a moral to the story.

  • Looking to the light while in the dark

    To say these past couple of weeks have been hard... would be a huge understatement.

    There is no need for me to restate the horrible news that has shaken the core of our school system and community. The devastating news has taken a toll on me personally and it’s made it harder for me to focus on my job.

  • Congratulations! You have won!

    If you are receiving a message, “Congratulations you have been randomly selected to win” an iPad, iPhone, Samsung smartphone, $1000 gift card, and so forth, most likely, you haven’t! This latest scam is the “Congratulations-you-won.com-yourprize.com” pop up window.

  • Five Generations?

    By Dr. Chuck Crain
    Columnist

  • Positive influences

    By Steven Curtsinger

    Student Columnist

    This year, it is my intention to focus on positive influences in our community. There is so much negativity present, that people tend to lose sight of the good. So, I want to attempt to bring your focus back to the good things that are going on around us. I want to start out with something we are all closely acquainted with, school.

  • Plan early for retirement

    We all want to get the most out of our retirement, but financially that cannot be possible if we don’t start planning for it early in our careers. While retirement may seem like an eternity away for you, it will come sooner than you think.

  • Ways to Eliminate Food Waste

    Nebraska Extension shares that about 40 percent of the United States food supply (1,500 calories/ person/day) goes uneaten. Discarded food in homes and foodservice accounts for 60 percent of this total food loss and is mostly avoidable. The remaining portion is lost or wasted during food production.

  • Will there be an everlasting battery?

    We see those ads for the Energizer Bunny that goes and goes, but we know the truth. That little bunny will run out of power at the least convenient moment.

    I have often speculated that the people who truly make money from technology are the people who produce the batteries. Billions and billions of batteries. If you have owned a cell phone for several years, you know how performance fails as the life of the battery decreases. The same is true for recharging lithium-ion batteries.

  • The evolution of special education

    By State Representative Terry Mills 

    Before the mid-1970s, special education in our country’s public schools was all but non-existent.  Many students were either outright denied the opportunity to attend because of their disability or they received inferior instruction if they were able to enroll.

    That thankfully began to change in 1975, when Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act and required each state to provide appropriate services in this critical area.