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Columns

  • Thanksgiving holiday has ties to Kentucky

    This week, our families and friends will sit down at the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving, the oldest of the American-based holidays.

    Nearly 400 years have passed since the most famous of these harvest feasts was held by the Pilgrims and Native Americans. It didn’t become the holiday we recognize today, though, until President Washington and then President Lincoln helped solidify its place on the calendar, which Congress finalized in the 1940s by declaring it to always be on the fourth Thursday of November.

  • Don’t take our water resources for granted

    FRANKFORT – Other than during a rare boil-water advisory, most of us don’t think twice when we turn on the faucet. We just expect clean and plentiful water to be there.

    For about 95 percent of Kentuckians, that’s exactly what we get each and every day from the 400-plus public and community water systems that serve the commonwealth.  These systems meet or exceed health-based standards at an incredible rate of 99.73 percent.

  • Republicans win big in Kentucky, U.S.
  • Senate looks forward to working with GOP majority in state house

    The hustle and bustle of the winter holidays is well underway and the cool crispness of the autumn air is turning towards winter frost. Even as the weather changes and the holiday season comes upon us, we are still busy in Frankfort with interim joint committee meetings as well as planning for the 2017 Session of the General Assembly.

  • Adding some exercise will help beat the winter blues

    Seasonal Depression Order, also called SAD, is a type of depression that is triggered by the seasons of the year. Symptoms usually begin in late fall and early winter.

    The most common type of SAD is called winter onset depression. More than a half a million Americans experience a winter depression, but are better come summer. Common symptoms of SAD are the following:

    • A change in appetite, especially craving sweets or starchy foods

    • Weight gain

    • A drop in energy level

    • Fatigue

  • Take time to thank a veteran Nov. 11

    For nearly a century, our nation has paused on Nov. 11th to pay tribute to our veterans.  From the era of George Washington to now, this select group of men and women has unfailingly protected us here at home while sacrificing so much to promote and preserve freedom abroad.

  • Arney explains negatives, positives of cheat meals
  • Marsh shares five things he is thankful for as County Attorney

    As I sit here in my office preparing to write November’s column, it is Oct. 31—Halloween. Not only is it the last day of October, but, more importantly, it is the first day of November. I was pondering this weekend, all the things that I will be doing with my family over the next month.

  • Rand highlights products Kentucky forests

    Over the last 50 years, usually around the time fall colors are in full bloom, state and federal officials dedicate a week to highlight all of the products our forests provide.

    Kentucky, of course, has been blessed more than most states.  Trees cover nearly half of our 25 million acres, and we are among the nation’s leaders – and first in the South – when it comes to hardwood production.

  • Rand highlights products Kentucky forests

    Over the last 50 years, usually around the time fall colors are in full bloom, state and federal officials dedicate a week to highlight all of the products our forests provide.

    Kentucky, of course, has been blessed more than most states.  Trees cover nearly half of our 25 million acres, and we are among the nation’s leaders – and first in the South – when it comes to hardwood production.