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Columns

  • New DNA tests offer more detail on families

    So, after waiting on pins and needles for what seemed like months (it was actually about three weeks), my sister and I got our results back from our separate Ancestry DNA tests.

    It is true: We are full sisters!

  • What do readers want to see in the newspaper?

    It’s the 74th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, a time to observe the importance of newspapers in communities both large and small.

    It is kind of hard to believe, but this past weekend I celebrated two anniversaries – two years of marriage and five years at The News-Democrat.

    I didn’t start out knowing I would one day become a journalist, but now that I am, I really enjoy it.

  • General Assembly works to address the statewide domestic violence issue

    Each fall, the National Census of Domestic Violence Services takes a real-time, 24-hour look at the true impact domestic violence has on our country.

  • Delve into the arts; no one is too old to learn

    Did you have piano lessons as a child and wish you had stuck with it  Did you always want to be an artist, but the adults told you to find something more “practical?”

     You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but people aren’t dogs. You can be a very successful older beginner.

  • Medical association says obesity is a disease

    Most people think of obese people as lazy and undisciplined. More than 90 percent of people who try to lose weight gain it back within a year.

    America is in the midst of an obesity epidemic with no end in sight. The medical establishment has, in some cases, thrown its hands up trying to deal with the problem.

  • N Ky. Salt Festival one of many fall events held in Kentucky

    Fall may technically have begun early last week, but for many Kentuckians, it really started about a month ago, when the season’s first wave of festivals arrived.

    Our nation has always used the harvest period as a time of celebration, and these gatherings, many of which draw tens of thousands of tourists, seem to grow more popular with each passing year.

  • Liven up dishes by adding simple ingredients

    Hello my friends. As I sit here typing this I can only think of the glorious weather outside. Well, that and the wonderful food that is about to come our way. Fall, of course, brings leaves of varying shades, children in costumes consuming far more candy than they should and most importantly, football. All that being the case, it also brings back the hearty foods of cool weather making it one of my favorite times of year to cook.

  • Celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 27-31

    For many people, October is a month of awareness. Whether it is breast cancer, domestic violence or anti-bullying, it is a month to raise awareness and funds for causes that we are all passionate about.

  • Arney thankful for support in transition to new tax rate law

    This year has been full of changes for places like the library.  Any group that can collect taxes or is funded by tax dollars must register with the state auditor’s office and come before fiscal court to discuss their tax rates. This was a new process for us this year, and, with the help of the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives and our own Fiscal Court, it has been a seamless transition.

  • Voting is one of the most important rights in both the federal and state constitutions

    Starting this week, hundreds of state legislators from across the country will begin visiting classrooms to kick off the 16th annual “America’s Legislators Back to School Program.”

    Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), this event initially lasted just one day, but now extends through much of the school year.  While most students tour the state Capitol at least once, often during a field trip in elementary school, this program flips that by bringing state government to them.