• State investing millions to increase Internet speeds in the rural areas

    Three months ago, when the Washington Post ran a story comparing peak broadband internet speeds among the states, the news for Kentucky was not good: We came in last, behind Arkansas. Our rate is half of what can be found in Virginia, which placed second.

  • Champions hosts a heroin town hall at Sanders Thursday

    Summer is here! To many, that means family gatherings, cookouts, pool time and other fun events. Although school is no longer in session, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County will continue to work hard through June and July to ensure your summer fun is safe, informed and drug free.

  • Don’t overdo it: Seafood takes less time to cook

    Hello, once again, my friends. As I am writing this article, I am sitting back, looking at a pool and dreaming of good food. OK, I’m always dreaming of good food, no matter where I am. That I happen to be in Florida doesn’t change that. What it does change, typically, is what I am eating.

    What I mean by that is, when in Rome do, as the Romans do. If I’m on the beach I eat seafood. If I’m in Montana, I’m eating a steak. It’s just who I am.

  • Weight training builds more lean muscle mass than cardio

    Could weight training strictly be used for fat loss with no cardio at all? You bet. Falling for the misconception that you have to do hours of cardio to lose fat could be one of the biggest mistakes you could make.

    Here’s why:

  • Congress must act on long-term solution for fixing roads, bridges

    At a recent House Rules committee hearing, one of my colleagues from New York declared that the potholes in the roads in her district are so bad, “you can lose your car in them.” Kentuckians and Americans from all over the country agree. It is long past time that something was done to address the deplorable state of the highways and infrastructure in this country.

  • New state laws into effect June 24

    The approval of new laws may be a wintertime activity, but in most cases, this legislation doesn’t actually take effect until the heat of summer.

    Unless a law has an emergency clause or a specific enactment date, it becomes official 90 days after the General Assembly completes its work.  This year, that falls on June 24.

  • Genealogical Proof Standard helps ensure research is reliable

    Anyone who has read my column before knows that good genealogical research requires so much more than picking information out of other people’s trees they find online at websites such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.com or MyHeritage.com.

    Sound genealogical research will withstand the test of time and family lore.

    The Board for Certification of Genealogists uses something called the Genealogical Proof Standard when reviewing submissions from researchers who hope to become certified.

  • Stop the slide: Encourage children to read

    You know summer is coming when days get longer, kids are out of school, it is warmer and stickier outside, and I am talking about our Summer Reading Program.  We kicked off our program the beginning of June and it will run through the end of July.  We have several programs and projects for kids of all ages, and it is definitely not too late to sign up. 

    You may ask, if school is out, why is reading so important?  Can’t we just let kids be kids over the summer?

  • Auto industry has greatly impacted Kentucky’s economy

    In 1913, when the automotive industry first set up shop in Kentucky, few then could have imagined just how much of an impact it would have on the commonwealth in the decades ahead.

    It all began on South Third Street in Louisville, where 17 employees could assemble up to 12 of Ford’s Model T vehicles on a good day.

    Now, we churn out more than 3,500 a day on average at our four assembly plants, or about 1.3 million a year.  That’s a traffic jam stretching from Seattle to Miami.

  • Preserving historic places is essential to a strong economy

    It’s time to catch our breath after a busy month of heritage-based events in May – starting with the Kentucky Derby, followed by National Travel and Tourism Week, then more festivals, street fairs, spring flings, May Days and celebrations of bourbon, music, food, art, cars, hikes, bikes and horses than any one person could possibly take in.