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Columns

  • Dreams can fuel community development, growth

    Being around people with ideas and passion can be invigorating. Election campaigns bring those people together.
    Thanks to an invitation from the local NAACP chapter, I spent a rainy Thursday night inside Colvin Community Center listening as three candidates for Hardin County magistrate in District 1 and 10 of the 19 Radcliff City Council candidates discussed the unseen future.

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  • Don't worry: Sing happy

    “The sun is finally out, the weather is warming up, I’m definitely heading home and putting on my Beach Boy records,” a friend once told me one bright, spring day, back when people still played records.

    I now know why she was thinking about those good vibrations: We tend to invoke music that parallels the circumstances of our lives.

  • 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.

  • Spending a few nights amid local politicians

    When you say you enjoy politics, expect a bewildered look from those around you.

    It’s akin to admitting you dislike basketball, think motherhood is overrated or want to spend spring break cleaning gum from the underside of school desks.

    (None of those three apply to me, by the way.)

  • Is nothing sacred? Scams target March Madness

    With local teams making it into the NCAA Tournament, basketball fever is on the rise. BBB is warning basketball fans to be careful when buying tickets, travel deals and memorabilia.

    Major sporting events always inspire scammers to take advantage of fans with fake items, bogus tickets and too-good-to-be-true travel deals.

  • Retail Federation challenges proposed 1 percent local tax

    The Kentucky House of Representatives is considering HB 399 to allow local governments to impose up to a 1 percent local sales tax. The Kentucky Retail Federation has serious concerns about the proposal’s impact on Kentucky’s businesses and consumers as well as the commonwealth itself.

  • 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.

  • Right-to-work laws actually can benefit labor unions

    Labor-union workers wearing ugly green T-shirts verbally accosted me at the end of last week’s news conference in the Capitol Annex promoting a right-to-work policy for Kentucky – something employees in 24 other states enjoy.