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Columns

  • 'Bee' someone who makes a difference in the community

    The name Walter T. Kelley is well-known in Grayson County and internationally known among beekeepers.

    Kelley’s name adorns a wing of the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center and now also adorns the new Leitchfield campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, which was dedicated last week.

    The hospital is the sole benefactor of the Walter T. Kelley Trust, which has continued to benefit from the ongoing success of his beekeeping supply business, which operates from a plant on U.S. 62 in Clarkson. That building also carries Kelley’s name.

  • Why raising the dropout age is a good step

    The Elizabethtown Independent Board of Education, along with more 100 school districts in Kentucky, sent a message in June to students and parents in Kentucky: Dropping out of school is no longer acceptable.

    Thanks to the Legislature, Gov. Steve Beasher and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holiday, school boards across Kentucky were given the chance to increase the dropout age to 18. The changes will be enacted for the 2015-16 school year.

  • When you can’t care enough to even care

    You often can see it in their eyes, if you take the time to look: That far-away gaze tells you they are somewhere else — maybe in the future or the past but not the present.

    Or sometimes their eyes dart this way and that, like those of a trapped animal searching for an escape route.

    And if you have occasion to be with them for very long, you’ll notice a restlessness — an inability to move forward with any kind of fruitfulness — even though they might exhibit workaholic tendencies or conversely, extreme lethargy.

  • Better Business Bureau: Tips on storm damage

    If you are on the hunt for a reputable contractor after severe weather rolled through the area recently, be aware of those who may try to take advantage of your situation: The home repair rip-off artist who may overcharge, perform shoddy work or skip town without finishing the job.

    Better Business Bureau urges homeowners to use extreme caution when dealing with door-to-door or out-of-state solicitors who offer “quality work at great prices.” BBB offers the following tips for consumers who may be facing major repairs after a disaster:

  • Tuna is more than a fish; it's a childhood memory

    Tuna is a fish. I know it’s accurate to say tuna sandwich but when you grow up saying tuna-fish sandwich, that’s a hard habit to shake.

    Some folks say tuna salad sandwich. Back in my youth when pharmacies all feature lunch counters with bar stools, I ordered a tuna salad sandwich at Wooldridge Drugs in Vine Grove.

    It came with a piece of lettuce under the bread. That’s not how Mom made a tuna-fish sandwich, so my preteen brain equated tuna salad with the piece of lettuce. After all, the main element of a salad is lettuce. Get it?

  • Focus on Finance: Ten Commandments of personal finance

    Question: Are there a set of rules I can follow that will ensure financial success?
    Answer: No one can guarantee if you follow certain rules you will be financially successful. However, there are certain behaviors that certainly help you in that direction. Here are Ten Commandments of personal finance.

  • Why trust is the coin of the realm

    There is deep distaste for the extreme polarization and politicization that our government institutions have displayed.

    Back in June, Gallup released a survey that got a fair bit of attention for its headline finding: only 10 percent of Americans trust Congress as an institution. Think about it. If you walk into a cafe this morning and there are nine other people in there reading the paper or staring into their laptops, only one of you in the room has faith that the body charged with making our nation’s laws can do its job right.

  • Elizabethtown council reveals many characteristics of late

    Pressure tells a lot about people. In times of stress, we often revert to our true nature.

    While living up north, a friend once said, "Ben only sounds Southern when he's angry." And it was true. The real me showed itself under pressure.

    Since the death of Mayor Tim Walker last month, the Elizabethtown City Council has been feeling some stress. By law, the pressure to pick a successor falls to them. The group meets Monday afternoon in a special session and for the third time in 15 days that topic is on the agenda.

  • Despite others, I’m still in love with my computer

    Maybe it’s a part of the yearning for a slower, simpler world, a less digitized world when others — including the National Security Agency — didn’t have instant access to our privacy. Or perhaps it’s more a desire to touch and embrace an older vehicle for communicating.

    It could be both.

    I’m referring to the return of the typewriter.

    Even high school students are learning the joys and frustrations of tap tap tapping away on what many consider an anachronistic way of communicating.

  • CASA provides service outlet for willing seniors

    Good news for my cohorts by survival that enjoy the grand title of retiree.Here’s a bit of information to put a spark in your life.

    Amazingly, the CASA of the Heartland volunteer program came about in ways which allow retirees to tap into a source of usefulness, joy and fulfilling rewards. By the time retirement arrives, most folks have been parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts or reached the age of maturity. They have the experience needed so desperately by CASA children and the Family Court of Hardin County.