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Guest Editorials

  • Make the outdoors a priority in the new year

    by Jessi Williams, Owen County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development

  • Rabbit Hash General Store on track to open in 2017

    By Sarah Brookbank
    The Kentucky Enquirer
    It has been almost a year since the beloved Rabbit Hash General Store was destroyed by fire, but driving through Rabbit Hash today, you’d hardly know it.
    Construction has been going strong on the General Store since the fall, when plans were approved. Now the walls are up and the Coca-Cola sign is painted.
    The Rabbit Hash Historical Society wants to keep the General Store on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Lack of women in legislature a symptom, not a sickness

    the advocate
    messenger
    The Kentucky House of Representatives will look very different next year, as new Republican leaders take over and chart a new course for the lower chamber, which had previously been under the control of Democrats for close to a century.
    It’s a promising time for Republicans and their priorities. Based on the initial rhetoric of the incoming leaders, there’s also hope for a less divisive, more inclusive House that is willing to consider ideas from all sides.

  • New high-rise hotels remake Northern Kentucky riverfront

    By Chris Mayhew
    Ketnucky Enquirer
    NEWPORT – Posh new hotels are remaking Campbell County’s riverfront skyline.
    The new six-story Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton with 122 rooms opened Dec. 2 at 222 York St., Newport. Amenities include Northern Kentucky’s only hotel electric car chargers and an indoor saltwater pool.

  • Kentucky Department of Revenue warns of tax scams and recent schemes

    Kentucky Press News Service
    FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department of Revenue said in a news release that it wants all Kentuckians to be aware of possible schemes that are designed to steal identities and important personal information. As tax season approaches, the department, along with the Internal Revenue Service, and tax industry representatives, reminds taxpayers to be on the lookout for an array of evolving tax scams related to identity theft and refund fraud.

  • Poverty still darkens lives of Kentucky kids, carries stigma

    by deborah yetter
    The Courier-Journal
    Struggling to provide for themselves and their growing family, George and Katrina Ellis found themselves on the brink of homelessness several years ago when they lost their rental home and couldn’t find another they could afford.
    “We never in a million years thought it would happen to us,” Katrina Ellis said.

  • Lawmakers should support permanent supplemental pay increases for police and firefighters

    bowling green daily news
    At a time when police agencies are finding it difficult to recruit qualified candidates to become officers and local municipalities are cash-strapped, a piece of proposed legislation that would permanently increase state supplemental incentives for law enforcement officers, firefighters and volunteer fire departments shows real promise in helping retain and recruit officers and firefighters and in providing money to assist volunteer fire departments with equipment purchases.

  • Rose remembered as typical ‘Kentucky boy’

    by jerry tipton
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    Robert Gayle Rose — one of 43 former Kentucky players, coaches and contributors to have a retired jersey hanging in Rupp Arena — died on Nov. 12. Ten days earlier was his 84th birthday.
    Rose played for UK in the early 1950s. A 6-foot guard, he started and averaged 6.7 points for Kentucky’s unbeaten (25-0) team in the 1953-54 season. That remains the only unbeaten team in UK basketball history.
    Rose started and averaged 7.4 points as a senior in 1954-55.

  • Extension office offers tips for great turkey

    by Judy Hetterman

  • Pile of stones in a Kentucky mobile home park reveals link to legend of ‘Honest Abe’

    BY TOM EBLEN
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    A small, abandoned cemetery in the middle of a mobile home subdivision off Tates Creek Road near the Fayette-Jessamine county line has been found to contain the family graves of the man who gave Abraham Lincoln some of his first jobs.
    Denton Offutt was a well-known horse trainer who left Lexington for New Salem, Ill., where he hired the future president to crew a flatboat and later manage his general store and mill.