Change is frightening.
With all the money flowing in from federal sources over the past 18 months, local organizations and agencies have sometimes found themselves with a greater availability of funds than ways to use them.
While the spring may have been colder than normal, the summer, so far, has been anything but. With several days of temperatures in the 80s and 90s so far, it doesn’t appear there’s going to be any change in trend at this point.
With the alleged pending sale of the Hilton to UPike, there are many moving parts that have not been settled. I won’t weigh in at this time, but I suspect it will not be a comfortable situation unless major negotiations and communication are able to happen.
With so many major developments and historic events occurring in our society over the past year, one organization that has not had an opportunity to really catch a rest is one of the key volunteer-based organizations in our nation — the National Guard.
On Friday, June 11, we finally heard the news we’ve been waiting on for some time. Gov. Andy Beshear, in what was to be his last regular update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 virus, announced that nearly every mandate and rule related to the conduct of the citizens of the commonweal…
During World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, Attorney General Cameron’s Medicaid Fraud Unit and Office of Senior Protection are joining forces to raise awareness about how to protect seniors from abuse in all its forms. Whether you are the family member of an aging loved one or a senior yourse…
It’s somehow fitting that one of the last hurrahs for live music in Eastern Kentucky, pre-COVID-19 was a massive three-show run by native son Tyler Childers at the Appalachian Wireless Arena.
I attended — and covered — the press conference held by Gov. Andy Beshear on May 24 at Floyd Central High School for various purposes — to celebrate the opening of the Southeast State Correctional Complex (former Otter Creek Correctional Complex), to announce the funding of the Minnie-to-Har…
One important lesson which has been learned over the past months when it comes to education, is that without high-speed broadband, many children in rural America have once again been left behind. Imagine for a moment, that because of COVID-19, your child lives in rural America, in a communit…
As most Kentuckians know, April was Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 2008, Child Abuse America introduced the Pinwheels for prevention campaign. During April, in recognition of this important program, Kentucky, like most states, displayed blue and silver pinwheels across the state on the law…
Lawmakers were burning the midnight oil in Frankfort on the last two days of the 2021 Legislative Session. We left for home feeling accomplished. Most of our attention on the last two days was focused on the governor’s vetoes and appropriating federal dollars what has been sent to us.
Recently, officials with the City of Prestonsburg and Floyd County Fiscal Court announced that they are jointly seeking to acquire the property that houses the former Thunder Ridge raceway.
After more than a year of shutdowns and lockdowns, quarantines and self-imposed exiles, this Easter looks to be different than the last — different than any before, but still better this year.
Much of Eastern Kentucky is still coming up for air after widespread flooding submerged much of the region under several feet of water in early March.
This week’s 30-day Regular Session activity ended with dozens of bills going to the Governor. Being done with 28 legislative days, legislators raced to pass bills until the final minute last Tuesday. That was the last day lawmakers could pass bills and still have time to override any vetoes…
There are six days left of the 30-Day Legislative Session. Important bills kept moving through the General Assembly last week, and good discussion and debate continued.
Awful weather forced the Kentucky General Assembly to hold off on session activity during the week of Feb. 15. We returned to Frankfort on Monday to get back to work for you.
Following the General Assembly's constitutionally required recess during a 30-day session, lawmakers returned to Frankfort on Tuesday, Feb. 2, to begin the second half of the 2021 Session.
COVID-19 has hit us hard. It has taken the lives of far too many and it has upended our economy, damaging Kentucky’s small businesses and hurting our workers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has now been with us nearly a year, having started in one winter and now stretching into the next. In that time, we’ve learned more and more about the virus, but still don’t have all the answers.
Nearly nine months since the word “coronavirus” entered our daily vocabulary, hope may be on the horizon in the form of multiple effective COVID-19 vaccines. It’s too early to declare the global pandemic done — and we must not let up on practicing basic public health measures like mask-weari…
The headline on Nov. 20 screamed from the pages of the Standard and Poor Global Market Intelligence website: “US coal jobs down 24 percent from the start of Trump administration to latest quarter.”
It’s that time of year again when we are constantly reminded and encouraged to shop local and support small businesses; however, this year, we need to double down on that message. Not only is there an opportunity to help small businesses and retain money locally, but we have the opportunity …
As board chairman of the Kentucky Oil & Gas Association, an executive with Diversified Gas & Oil Corporation in Pikeville, and a life-long resident of the commonwealth, I witness the good our industry does for Kentucky every day.
We are living in an unprecedented time and the COVID pandemic has been the most challenging and stressful experience in our lives, but together we can defeat this nasty virus and make our community stronger than ever.
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, a time for us to bring attention to the prevalence of homeless youth within Kentucky and create an awareness of the challenges faced by students and families experiencing homelessness.
There’s several predictions that could have easily been made about the 2020 election cycle in Kentucky.
Voters have finished casting their ballots for the 2020 General Election in Kentucky. Although I am disappointed with the results of my race, I would like to thank each of you for allowing me the opportunity to be your voice in Frankfort over the years. During my tenure in the Kentucky Gener…
We owe a lot to our local health departments, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they have become more invaluable to our communities than ever before.
For more than 200 years, the residents of the United States of America have gone to the polls to cast their votes for who should be the leader of the nation or local municipalities for a term.
It’s likely that, when the history of the COVID-19 pandemic is written and discussed in the future, one of the biggest failures to be identified will be that of missing the mark — doing the right things, but in the wrong ways.
We, as voters, have some very important choices to make in the upcoming weeks. We will be choosing school board members, city commissioners, state and U.S. senate positions, representatives, supreme court positions and least we forget the granddaddy of them all — the president.
We reached an important milestone recently at the University of Kentucky. With about 50 days left until Thanksgiving, we crossed the halfway point of this unprecedented semester.
When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in the last school year, school districts nationwide did what they could. Many of them moved with no experience into virtual instruction. Parents did the best they could to make the best choices educationally for their children, but it was all new territory.
Information is flying at us all at a more rapid pace than ever in our world’s history. Just picking up your mobile device subjects you to an unending barrage of information — some valuable, some not.
How often have we heard the phrase that “it is time to turn down the temperature on the rhetoric,” rhetoric used to drive the public discussion on the issue of the day? Rhetoric comes in many forms, but regardless of whether it is a headline on the front page of a local or national newspaper…