• The first six week Walking Challenge was a great success, it was promoted by the Extension Office during the Extension Expo and ran from Easter to Mother’s Day this spring. 69 people participated on 13 walking teams. Each team could have up to six people and had fun names such as: Board Walkers, Book – It!, CHC Power Walkers, Holy Walkamolies, Lincoln’s Ladies, Much Ado About Books, Red Hot Chili Steppers, Roam’n Chicklets, Sassy Steppers, Steppin’ into Spring, The Fast & Furious Five, The Tootsie Rolls and Walk It Like It’s Hot.

  • Last week, state tourism leaders unveiled the latest annual study on the positive impact this industry has in Kentucky.  In a word, the news was good.

    Overall, tourism generated nearly $14 billion in direct and indirect sales in 2015, a five percent increase over 2014’s total.  It supported 186,000 jobs and provided nearly $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenue.

  • Vacation has been a thing we do in small clusters of one long weekend here and one long weekend there and usually we’re camping. We haven’t really taken a vacation since our camper’s roof started leaking and floor practically rotted out from under our feet. In other words, it’s been a couple of years.

  • A quarter-century ago, Kentucky had nowhere to go but up when it came to the education levels of adults 25 and older.

    Only two-thirds had graduated from high school and less than a sixth had earned a bachelor’s degree.  No state had a lower combined percentage.

  • Is your Internet connection fast enough? Probably not, but, how can you find out how fast it really is?

  • The idea of using your smart phone or smart watch to pay for purchases has been around for about a year. Last month I talked about electronic payment systems for small businesses, such as www.square.com and Intuit’s Go Payment. This month, we are going the other way with a couple of personal payment options for you.

  • The political season is upon us in LaRue County as our state representative and state senator will be decided in 2016.

    With the primary election in May and the general election in November, hopeful candidates have their political campaigns in full swing, displaying their ideas and political platform to the public by knocking on doors in neighborhoods, attending or speaking at events, frequently updating their social media accounts, etc.

  • I attended the Garth Brooks concert last Friday at the Yum Center in Louisville. Garth Brooks is a legend, there is no doubt about it. A lot of musicians and bands will have one show at a venue or two shows on back-to-back days at the same venue, but, Garth Brooks had four concerts in two days at the Yum Center. I think that speaks for itself.

  • It was cold and drizzle was hitting my windshield as I traveled south to LaRue County to cover the Republican Presidential Caucus. I’ve never been to a caucus and wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve been to elections since I was 20 years old when I decided to register to vote, but never a caucus and LaRue county was going to be my first. I was thinking of what clever questions I might ask voters about this event as my wipers slapped in time to a song on the radio.

  • We have had some so called wild presidential elections in the United States in the past, but I think it’s safe to say that the 2016 presidential election is unlike any other election in our nation’s history.

    Over a dozen Republican presidential candidates filed to run in the race at the beginning. With a lot of them dropping out of the race or contemplating dropping out of the race, there are now four candidates left which are Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and John Kasich.

  • By Steven Curtsinger

    Student Columnist

    We all know someone that smokes or has smoked at some point in their lifetime. How has that person’s bad habit affected you? Fortunately the number of Americans who smoke has steadily dropped since records were first recorded in 1965, when 42.4 percent of Americans 18 and older smoked. This number has dropped to below 30 percent since 1987.

  • As I am writing this column, I already know it is a column that I shouldn’t be writing. After all, part of public relations is learning when not to say what you really want to say. So by doing this I am going against this creed as a public relations major, but oh well.

  • It’s happened to almost everyone, that moment where you feel completely awkward almost embarrassed, because of a silly social mishap. I know it happens to me all the time.

  • It’s that time of the year again as all of us faithful United States citizens file our tax returns to the IRS.

    This is one of the most painful things I feel I have to do as a U.S. citizen. To me it’s almost as agonizing as the kidney stones I had to pass in high school.

  • Dear Editor,

    Traffic signs are installed on our highways for many reasons. They may inform us of the need to stop, the speed limit, street name or which direction to go. Warning signs alert us to unexpected hazards on our roads. Signs help us obey the laws, find our destination and keep us from running off the road. They help us to stay safe whether we are a motorist, bicyclist or pedestrian.

  • I was snowed in last weekend thanks to Winter Storm Jonas. Being forced to have to stay in without being able to go anywhere gave me a lot of time to think about things, which can be dangerous in a lot of ways.

    There were a lot of topics I thought about that could be possible columns for me to write, but there was one topic that kept nagging at me and I can’t keep my opinion about it to myself anymore. The majority of people are not understanding of others and they are quick to complain, criticize or “wrongfully” judge them.

  • It is hard to believe it’s that time of the year again as Christmas Day is this Friday. Many Americans consider Christmas their favorite holiday as the season creates a spirited atmosphere during the weeks building up to and on December 25th.

  • It’s no secret that women are underutilized in the manufacturing field. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women comprise nearly 50 percent of the total U.S. labor force, yet only account for 27 percent of all workers in manufacturing.