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Columns

  • Tourism secretary asks residents to travel Kentucky

    By Marcheta Sparrow

    Kentucky’s tourism industry is gearing up for summer travel season. As someone who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years, I believe we have many good reasons to be optimistic about 2012.

    Recently, during National Travel and Tourism Week, our cabinet announced the tourism industry had an economic impact of almost $11.7 billion in Kentucky during 2011 – an increase from the previous year. Tourism also supported about 170,000 jobs in the state and generated more than $2.6 billion in wages.

  • Senior Life: The struggles of long-distance caregivers

    Imagine these three scenarios.

    The telephone call comes at three in the morning. Your mother, who lives in another state, has fallen, broken her hip, and is in the hospital. She is calling for you to come right away.

    During your once-a-week telephone conversation with your father, you notice a slur in his voice. You’re not expected to visit with him again until the holidays, but something about the conversation makes you change your mind.

  • A few modest predictions about city-county relations

    In the newspaper business, the journalist’s job is to chronicle events and actions of interest. Today, however, I’ll take a stab at predicting the future.

    But first, let’s revisit a statement from last week.

    Some Elizabethtown officials and downtown restoration advocates took issue with county government’s possible new government office complex.

  • New law advances unified government conversation locally

    By Ken Howard

    If someone asked you "What is the third largest community in Kentucky" what would you think?

    Louisville Metro is first. Lexington/Fayette Urban County is second. But who is third?

    When Hardin County residents are asked this question the common answers are Covington-Kenton County or Bowling Green-Warren County or Owensboro-Daviess County.

    The correct answer is us, Hardin County.

  • Lost in a hotel looking for a familiar face

     Choose your destination carefully, you might just have to stay there.

    “Last thing I remember, I was

    Running for the door

    I had to find the passage back

    To the place I was before

    ‘Relax’ said the night man,

    ‘We are programmed to receive.

    You can check-out any time you like,

    But you can never leave!’”

    — The Eagles,

    “Hotel California”

  • Mayberry's always a nice place to visit

     As life passes by, it’s important to stop occasionally, feel the cool breeze and get acquainted with quiet and calmness.

  • EPA goes medieval on Kentucky coal

    Roman legions? Horrific crucifixions? Sacking dissenters and making examples out of their deaths?

  • Lincoln's vision gave rise to USDA

    By John W. McCauley, Farm Service Agency

    In the midst of a great Civil War 150 years ago, it was a Kentuckian, President Abraham Lincoln, born in a log cabin at Sinking Springs Farm in present day LaRue County, who signed legislation to establish a Department of Agriculture in order to “acquire and to diffuse among the people of the United States useful information on subjects connected with agriculture … and to procure, propagate and distribute among the people new and valuable seeds and plants."

  • All local letter carriers commit to Saturday's food drive

    By PETE COUNTRYMAN

    On Saturday, all post offices in Hardin County will team up with the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger food drive to provide food for those in our area dealing with hunger everyday.

  • When you can't say it, try singing it

    She was struggling to tell me something but her words wouldn’t come. All she could do was mumble and that only with great frustration.

    I was holding her hand, trying as best I could to comfort her in her agitation.

    Her son had called me in the early morning hour, his voice quivering. “Could you come to the hospital as soon as possible?” His elderly mom was not doing well: She had apparently suffered another stroke.