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Columns

  • It can be fun watching election race develop

    The wizard warned Dorothy and her odd band of Oz visitors to ignore the man behind the curtain. But when it comes to understanding and enjoying local politics, I consider the backstage intrigue as much fun as the public outcome.

    Take the recent candidate filings in Radcliff, for example.

    A lot of folks were watching Mayor J.J. Duvall. Would he seek a second term or act on ambition and file to challenge Harry Berry for the judge-executive job?

  • Bluegrass Pipeline focused on kitchen-table discussions

    By BILL LAWSON and MICHAEL McMAHON

    For the last three months, representatives of Bluegrass Pipeline have been meeting in the homes of landowners in 13 Kentucky counties to discuss the project and the prospect of purchasing an easement, which is the right to use a narrow strip of land for installation of an underground pipeline.

  • During election season, ‘likes’ limited to Facebook

    Shake off the Christmas owe and your New Year glow. A new season is upon us.

    It’s election time. With the new year comes an increase in candidate filings for local races. 2014 features a crowded field with all county races, municipal races and most legislative seats on the line.

    The deadline to run in the May primary is Jan. 28 — a little more than three weeks away.

    As the community’s news and information leader, The News-Enterprise will strive to provide detailed coverage during the election season.

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  • Wheat fertilization and possible losses

    Earlier in the season, we warned producers applying nitrogen — N — to frozen wheat ground could increase risk of N loss. Unseasonably cold temperatures froze the soil sufficiently to support application traffic through most of January and February. Some producers took advantage of this frozen ground to make early N applications and reduce the risk of compacting or rutting the ground later in the season.

  • Avoid advance fee loans

    Consumers nationwide continue to be victimized by sophisticated loan scams that demand up-front fees for loans that are never delivered.

    Thieves use fabricated addresses to steal tens of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting borrowers, many of them desperate for money to help pay bills, buy medicines or save their homes.

    In most cases, the consumer said he or she applied for a loan online and was contacted by phone or email by a person representing the phony loan companies.

  • Be careful when looking for college aid

    As the cost of a college education continues to rise, so does the number of people looking for help paying for their educations. Every year, thousands of students and parents fall victim to scholarship search service scams.

    Looking for the warning signs can help you avoid getting ripped off.

    Guarantees a Scholarship or ‘Your Money Back.’ Grants and scholarships are awarded on basis of performance or qualifications. No one can “guarantee” you’ll get one.

  • What to do when your email is hacked

    Has your email account been hacked? We are hearing more and more about hacked email accounts, in which individual’s accounts are being hijacked by scammers and used to send spam to victims’ contacts.

    Getting hacked can happen to anyone.

    First, the scammer needs your email address, which is easy. You may have given it to the scammer without knowing, because your email address is on hundreds or thousands of messages you send out and those emails often are circulated. Also, email addresses are easy to guess – first name, last name, etc.

  • Offer this 6-year-old's prayer

    It’s too bad we don’t know the person’s name who said it, for there is much truth in the statement: “What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy.”

    Michael Dunn claimed fear was the reason he shot to death the young black man, Jordan Davis, at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station in an argument over loud music.

    Did Davis point a gun at Dunn as he alleged? No gun was ever found.

  • This Valentine's Day, don't settle for illusion

    I did magic in college. I love magic...its fun, entertaining, exciting.

    But, as you know, the card doesn't really disappear, the woman isn't cut in half, the building doesn't vanish.

    It's all illusion. It's not real.

    So, how odd is it, with Valentine's Day upon us, that we look for "magic" in love?