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"Forever In Our Hearts" Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, But Remember me in every tomorrow. I've only gone to rest a while. Although my leaving caused pain and grief, My going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, Not as I am now, but as I used to…

David Wilson Phipps, 67, of London, formerly of Bell County, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at St. Joseph London. He was born in Pineville on October 3, 1952, a son of Elsie McGeorge Phipps and the late Wilson Phipps. He was a member of Moss Chapel Baptist Church and he loved his chu…

Keeping the old house in the head of Blair Branch warm enough to keep us from freezing to death in January required a lot more effort than did, for example, trying to prevent heat strokes in July.

“Find the cost of freedom,” wrote Stephen Stills in 1970 upon visiting a Civil War site. Those who fought and died to defend our freedoms are indeed “buried in the ground” as Stills and company sang.

A man from the big city was driving through the country one day when a billy goat jumped into the road and collided with his car. He had never seen a billy goat before, so he turned into the parking lot of a country store and ran inside.

A few weeks ago, I was walking back to my car after a not-fun errand at Walmart. I looked at the sky, which was grey, and then I looked at the pavement, which was grey. I walked faster as I approached my car, which is white.

The price of a new invention usually falls as more people adopt it, but prescription drug prices somehow defy gravity. Kentuckians, like all Americans, pay among the highest drug prices in the world, and prices keep climbing. We can’t change the laws of physics, but we can and must change fe…

Well, okay, maybe not the queen. That might be my sister, who — I think — was probably at the door when they opened the first one in 1976 in San Diego. It was known as Price Club then, but in 1983 it became Costco.

A number of readers already want to know why the wooly worms got the winter weather forecast so wrong. You may recall that the National Association of Wooly Worm Winter Weather Watchers (NAWWWWW) predicted that this winter would be a bad one and that it would be replete with numerous big snows.

We enter what is likely to be an historic and critical year for our country. It is a country deeply divided with bitter elements in both divisions.

In April, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the decennial census of every household in the United States. While the census will be used for several governmental determinations such as apportionment of Congressional seats, the data is also incredibly important to Head Start programs around th…

“In the bleak mid-winter” of Christina Rossetti’s 1872 poem, Salvation Army bells and tinnitus warring for headspace, I am haunted by those who did not get to see December cast its chill upon the northern latitudes once more.

Our old house where I grew up had a huge dinner bell mounted on the upstairs back porch. If you have ever seen a typical antique dinner bell, imagine one twice the normal size and about half the size of The Liberty Bell.

Washington politics have become so polarized that it can be tough for Democrats and Republicans to come together to tackle big challenges. But that's exactly what happened recently on Capitol Hill thanks to dedicated Kentucky lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Congress…

One of the biggest problems with writing a weekly newspaper column, for nearly 40 years in a row now, is that I sometimes write again about the same old memories from long ago. The problem is that I have numerous readers who have been reading this column for as long as I’ve been writing it.

Put well-deserved coal in new but visionless Gov. Andy Beshear’s stocking this Christmas, and by New Year’s Day he'll likely have signed executive orders banning black rock in stockings, the stockings themselves and maybe even the entire coal industry.

You may be excited about Christmas and that’s wonderful! But Christmas is NOT the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR for everybody. For some it is a heartbreaking time where they feel alone and forgotten or just uncared for.

There’s an old story about a teacher who wanted to show a little boy in her classroom just how ridiculous his exaggerated tales had become. So she made up one of her own, telling the child that she had seen a grizzly bear in her backyard eating from a garbage can, and that a little black dog…

For the past few holiday seasons, I’ve been making the deliberate effort to start some new traditions. The sweetest of those takes place in a tent. Features a woman named Prue. And constantly makes me want to pack it all in and move to merrie olde England.

Once again Kentucky made national headlines - this time for the hundreds of pardons issued by outgoing Governor, Matt Bevin, in his final days of office.

Since the Sentinel has recently documented employees' favorite Christmas songs, I thought I'd join them (though I'm not an employee).

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Four years ago, I was given the tremendous honor of joining an Administration that was committed to changing the trajectory of our state’s history by making Kentucky a leader in education and workforce development.

When I saw a picture of the amaryllis bulb, as big as a pomegranate, as pale as parsnip, posted on Jon Carloftis’s Instagram feed, I knew I had to have it. To think that I could own the giant, splashy flowers that grew out of it, that I could watch them bloom year after year, at Christmas ti…

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…

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…