I don’t know if you watched last Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee as it began its portion of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s behavior and alleged abuse of power. From polling I’ve seen, most people have already made up their minds. That’s a shame because the debate…

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Jimmy Delmar Barnard, 77, London, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019 at Baptist Health Corbin. Funeral was Tuesday in London Funeral Home Chapel with Roger Hayre officiating. Burial followed at Barnard Family Gardens. The family received friends Monday.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Personnel Cabinet has a unique role in Kentucky: serving the people who serve the people. In contrast to externally focused cabinets, our clients are the employees and prospective employees who work diligently to better the Commonwealth through public service. We connect…

As mentioned here last week, good friend, Whitesburg native and retired Air Force fighter pilot, Captain Mike Majority and I stay in frequent email contact with each other. After traveling and being stationed at military bases throughout much of the world, Mike, his wife, April, and their no…

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The purpose of government in a free society is to serve the people. It is the responsibility of such government to provide that service in an ethical, diligent, and effective manner. For the past four years the agencies of the Bevin administration worked each day to do just that.

The Thanksgiving holiday was somewhat different for our family this year - it came down to only my husband and myself partaking of the dinner.

Former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino once complained about Wildcat fans who were “consumed by (the University of) Louisville,” meaning a loss to their rivals in November leaves a permanent asterisk next to an entirely otherwise successful 30-win season culminating in …

It didn’t feel like the ink could have dried on last week’s paper before I had emails from some friends, scattered hither and yon. Jimmy Robinson, Bob Kennedy, Mike Caudill and Mike Majority promptly chimed in with suggestions, after noting my whining that column fodder was getting harder an…

If you’re young with any interest in civic affairs, history, government or politics, here’s some simple advice.

The University of Louisville’s recent acquisition of Jewish Hospital and other Louisville-area assets of KentuckyOne Health has led to many questions. For us – President Bendapudi, the Board of Trustees, our physicians and academic and administrative leaders– our decision to move forward cam…

Last Thanksgiving, I conducted an experiment. After having made enough mashed potatoes and gravy to feed a not-very-small army, I decided I would test my limits. I would eat mashed potatoes and gravy every lunch and dinner until, a), we ran out, or, b), I got too sick of them to eat anymore.

Well, it's just about time to celebrate Thanksgiving. You know--that holiday we celebrated before preparations for Christmas got pushed to November 1.

Just as the crisp autumn air begins to turn towards winter frost, Kentucky enters into a new season of thanksgiving and transition. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are well underway, but we have remained busy in Frankfort with interim joint committee meetings and other legislative busi…

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I became acquainted with an elderly couple, Zachary and Inez, who lived a scant few miles from Breaks Interstate Park and the Kentucky state line in Dickenson County, Virginia. They owned a hillside farm that encompassed about 100 mostly wooded acres c…

(Columnist’s note: I’ve had some heartfelt holiday columns I’m still very fond of, but I think this reprint from 2015 remains my favorite of all the funny ones. I’ve updated it just a little to reflect current dates and events, but it remains mostly unchanged.)

Since its creation in 1956, “In God We Trust,” our national motto, has been a meaningful source of hope and inspiration for all Americans, regardless of background. We are “one nation, under God,” and this motto has been a key component of our national identity. While it is often undervalued…

In the nearly two years that I have had the honor of serving as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education, I have made students’ preparation for success in the workforce a top priority. So much so that if there were any one area that I have given disproportionate attention, it has been workforce …

Assuming the weather forecast for the next week, when you will be reading this column, lives up to expectations, it would be hog killing on Blair Branch. During the 1950s and 60s, it would not have been unusual for coal miners on the holler to take a day off work, during the first cold spell…

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you’ve enjoyed more than a few tales from Seymour Wattenbarger, a beloved preacher from the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. I’ve shared a good bit of his humor with you over the years, and, in honor of his retirement, I thought we might take a l…

The naming of a section of KY 192 as Veterans Memorial Highway is only one of many tributes paid to those who serve and served in our military.

It's been a while since we've enjoyed Travels With Grandma, but for my grandson's fall break, we headed to Charleston for a much-anticipated week with his aunt and uncle. Of course, we had to get there, first.

Is it just me or does Kentucky need to declare and celebrate a new, state-wide, holiday that would only happen once every four years. Said holiday would include all day celebrations and festivities along with much dancing in the streets. It would take place on the Wednesday after statewide e…

Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.

At the University of Kentucky, we look toward the hills and mountains for partnership and meaning, for stronger communities and for a brighter future for our Commonwealth.

“From ghoulies and ghosties, long leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night, good Lord deliver us.” So goes a prayer that I encountered while touring colonial Virginia many years ago.

It's the week before election time and the TV screens are blazing with political ads for several state offices. These ads are "interesting" as always and make their final points to implore citizens to cast their votes next Tuesday.

If their television ads tell us anything, those for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his Democratic opponent, Andy Beshear, provide hints about whom each sees as essential to his campaign hopes.

Cycle backwards on the news wheel to this month in 1996, and two events occurred in media, one of which matters to you and the other only matters to me: Roger Ailes, former political consultant to the Bush clan, was named president of Rupert Murdoch’s nascent Fox News cable channel, and I wa…

The bright dawning of Monday morning with a layer of fog rising from the cool night temperatures was a beautiful picture that somehow depicted my own mood.