This Week's Circulars

Having sat through many trials over the years as a reporter for the local newspaper, I have learned a wealth of information about Kentucky law. While I still have no degree in that area, the knowledge that you learn about the court system is invaluable, and despite having to often sit for lo…

Right now, instead of writing this column, I am staring at the elaborate flower designs on the wallpaper that is in front of me. The flowers are so ornate, they look a little otherworldly, with curli-cues twirling inside them, thistle bits, fringed petals, gold strands, and equally regal lea…

Editor's note: This column discusses topics that might be sensitive for some readers. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or thoughts of suicide, text HOME to 741741 to reach a trained counselor at the Crisis Text Line or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

Just picture it: five days of watching your kids build sandcastles or chase crabs on the beach, exploring new parts of God’s creation, not having to clean up dishes, and falling in love with your spouse in a new and fresh way. Vacations can facilitate all these blessings and more!

Last summer, my husband William and I spent a lot of time pretending we were on vacation when we were really stuck at home. Each weekend, we would choose our destination. Sometimes our VRBO would “be” in Italy, sometimes in France, once in Spain, once in England. At one point we were in Swit…

Sometimes you hear a phrase that just sticks in your head and you find yourself referring back to it at certain points in your life, even in different situations. The phrase could be a line from a song, a movie, an old wives tale from generations ago - just anything or from any one.

Our language defines us. We speak "American English." Although, of course, not all American English is the same. Regional features, such as accents and dialectical differences, sometimes make it like a foreign language.

Not everyone is a pet lover, but for those of us who are, saying good-bye is never easy. People who don't have pets sometimes ask why I do, knowing that this is the way my love and care always ends.

Since the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July has been observed as a day for Americans to stand in unity and recognition of our nation's founding. On this day, 245 years ago, exemplary visionaries dared to create a unique form of government. Our F…

After more than a year of severe restrictions on America's social gatherings, it looks like we will once again be able to celebrate our signature American holiday, the 4th of July.

One of the luckiest things that happened to me after I moved to Kentucky was finding Ike Adams’s column, “Points East.” I remember sitting at my orange desk in The Sentinel-Echo newsroom and suddenly being immersed in writing so clean and a tone so meandering it felt like water rolling down …

Fighting cancer is expensive – there are so many unforeseen costs for patients to pay during their journey, such as transportation, medical bills and child care, on top of battling the disease at the same time. This is why CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations continuously work to relieve some…

Northern Kentucky Republican Rep. Joe Fischer is taking heat from some leftists after pre-filing legislation banning teaching or instructional materials in Kentucky’s public schools which assumes or suggests an individual by virtue of his or her race or sex is inherently racist, sexist or op…

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Editor's Note: Longtime Sentinel-Echo columnist Ike Adams passed away June 18. This farewell column was written by his wife, Loretta.

I sent a copy of my recently published book to a dear high school friend, and he commented that I didn't say much about my father. When I checked, I found that he was right. Other than a poem, just a mention here and there. My mother played a much more prevalent role in my writings.

This is going to be another short column because I simply don’t have the energy to make it any longer. However it does feel like news worth breaking and the beans need to be spilled this week because they represent another life changer for Loretta and me and one that we have been dreading fo…

LEXINGTON — Peripheral nerves connect your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. The peripheral nerves in your arms and hands allow you to move and to feel.

Back in early March, it became obvious that Loretta and I were going to have a wheelchair to get me into and out of the house, especially on those rainy days when I was making trips to the hospital three or four times a week with no let up in sight. So we made arrangements to buy one at a me…

A few years ago I wrote an article on TV ads. Having never reactivated a TV account, I now get most of my advertising from the radio. Well, okay, a lot comes across on internet sources like Facebook, but I systematically ignore those.

At this time last year, we were all experiencing an absence of normality due to COVID-19. At that time, we realized that we had taken many things in our life for granted. Things we do not truly appreciate until they are no longer available. We could not gather with loved ones, spend time wit…

Despite the growing number of potholes slowing drivers on the commonwealth’s highways following pavement-unfriendly weather this spring, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to experience smooth sailing in its ongoing practice of awarding single-bid contracts which exceed its own in…

The pomp and circumstance of high school graduation for the past two years has brought some creative measures for school officials and the community.

This is probably the hardest column I’ve ever tried to write and there are no guarantees that I’m going to be able to pull it off. Tears keep falling on my keyboard and every time I attempt to type another word, my vision blurs and a baseball seems to be stuck in my throat. I had no idea tha…

“Oh my bags are packed, I'm ready to go . . .” That's about as far as the song can go, at the moment, because I'm not standing outside anyone's door and I'm not leaving on a jet plane. Probably not any time soon, anyway.

The observance of Mother's Day on Sunday and my birthday this upcoming Sunday officially started the "Celebrate Me" regimen in my month of May.

Censorship by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube of free-market views provides a stark reminder that the far left, which favors lockdowns over liberties, seeks opportunity to control activity on the internet – one of the greatest tools for freedom ever created.

The approach of Mother's Day seems like an appropriate time to ponder the importance of our mothers and their — or our — roles in a child's life. Some relationships progress more smoothly than others, but in the end, the inescapable fact is that mothers play an instrumental role in who we be…

Whatever day it was last week when we had a little snow, I’m thinking it was before April 20, at least one weather forecaster was gleefully honking his horn and proclaiming it to be the latest snow we’d had in over 100 years.

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared and, while we have hope with the availability of vaccinations, we know things will not be back to normal for a while. Even so, it is still important to keep up with wellness checks and annual screenings to identify any possi…

Old timers on Blair Branch used to say that if it thunders in February, it will frost in May. If that holds true, the Little Ette bunch bean seeds that Loretta and I dug out of the freezer and Andy planted in the garden last week, don’t have a chance. In fact, I’m sitting here hoping they ar…