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Columns

  • Pippa finds a ‘forever home’ after a ‘failed’ attempt at fostering

    It’s been almost three years since my wonderful dog Sable died. She was a black standard poodle, one of the big ones and at her top weight was 50 pounds — not exactly a lap dog, but I loved her beyond all reason and still think of her often and can tear up when I speak of her.

  • Thankgiving takes work, despite an attempt to reduce the work

    How did my grandmother do it? Well past her 75th birthday, she was still having holiday dinners at her house and with her five children and their children and spouses and their grandchildren, she fed a real house full. 

    Granted, everyone (the adults) took a dish. But just getting the house ready, the dishes out and the tea made would have done in a lesser person (such as I).

  • Services help to address mental health conditions

    One of the country’s most persistent challenges is finding ways to help those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues beyond their control.

    Federal figures show the number to be significant. In 2008, it was estimated that 30 million Americans had received treatment for a mental health issue in the previous year, and about 22 million were believed to be addicted to drugs or alcohol.

  • Kentucky prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, parks offer meal

    As we take time out of our schedule this week to enjoy the kick-off to the holiday season, I want to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

    We are now just one decade away from the 400th anniversary of that famous feast enjoyed by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans who helped them weather especially tough times.

    Though that harvest meal is the foundation for the holiday, it didn’t settle into its familiar place on the calendar until nearly 150 years ago, when President Lincoln declared it should be held on the last Thursday of November.

  • Community has role in helping to battle drug abuse problem

  • Nation honors veterans’ sacrifices Friday

    As Veterans Day approaches, we recognize the sacrifices made by all our veterans, and thank them for their service to our country.  As your representative and a veteran, I make every effort to make sure the men and women who have served our nation in uniform get the respect, treatment, services and benefits that they deserve.

  • Changes visible after month away; community loses a treasure with Salyers’ death

    I go away for one month and when I get home there are huge silos in Prestonville. I mentioned it to some folks and they didn’t even know about these new structures, but I ran into Judge Tomlinson Friday and he said it’s something to do with grains.  Then I heard soybeans from someone else. So I guess they are grains? I thought they were legumes, but I’m shaky on my agrarian terms.

  • Boyd recounts her experience at Panama City Beach

    Dateline Panama City Beach.  By the time you read your paper I will be back from spending a month down here at my favorite beach.  We lived near here when I was ages ten through seventeen and I have many great memories of family weekends spent looking for shells and riding the waves.

  • Small actions can make a big difference in the community

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

    This quote by anthropologist Margaret Mead was one of my favorites when I was in high school and college because it reminded me that individuals and seemingly small actions can make a big difference in someone’s life. It has been a while since I have read these words, but I think of them now when I reflect on my experience Saturday morning at Project Comfort.

  • Ky.’s first responders make a big difference in everyone’s lives

    They may only number in the tens of thousands out of a state of more than 4.3 million people, but it isn’t hard to imagine how much more difficult life would be without our first responders.

    While their work is mainly a function of local government, the state plays a role as well in helping law enforcement, firefighters and other emergency workers do their job.