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Let the people decide the fate of slot machines

The time has come for the Kentucky General Assembly to let the people decide the fate of slot machines and “historical wagering” in the commonwealth as the state’s founding fathers intended. As many of you know, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled late last year that mo...
Posted On 23 Feb 2021

Out & About Kentucky Style … the Prestonsburg bus crash

The day had begun with so much hope. Spring was just around the corner as the yellow school bus picked up its last student and was headed to the Prestonsburg Elementary and High School three miles away. It was 8:10 a.m., and US 23 had its usual amount of traffic. Gary West is an...
Posted On 22 Feb 2021

The ice storms, coupled with COVID are too much to deal with

It can’t get much worse. First it was COVID and now added to it are ice storms. In my 34 years at this newspaper we have had only three ice storms that has affected our newspaper production. That is not counting snow storms that has caused us difficulties. This recent one has...
Posted On 18 Feb 2021

Let’s have a grub crawl

During my college days at Eastern Kentucky University, I remember an interesting project that our staff at The Eastern Progress did one Saturday afternoon for a lifestyle page feature. Several of the staff members and a few significant others, set out on a quest to determine...
Posted On 16 Feb 2021

Snipe Hunting

A young person asked me the other day about snipe hunting. I snickered as my mind went back to when I was a young girl, and I remembered hearing of a young teenager who visited from the city and was taken out snipe hunting. I was curious about it. I later found out what it was,...

OpEd: Ky. General Assembly overrides the governor’s veto

The Kentucky House and Senate returned for part two of the 2021 Legislative Session. There was no shortage of activity, and my colleagues and I have been busy working for the people of the Commonwealth. One of the first tasks before us this week overriding the Governor’s vetoes...
Posted On 10 Feb 2021

Creative solutions needed to help kids catch up

Most school children in Kentucky are learning via virtual instruction this school year. Teachers and educators are doing their best, but virtual instruction isn’t the same as in-person instruction where the teacher can just walk over to a student’s desk and help them with a...
Posted On 09 Feb 2021

Truth or Consequences

This column is a reprint from the Bena Mae archives. From the movie A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson’s rant from the witness stand, “The truth? You can’t handle the truth!” was voted the twenty-ninth greatest American movie quote of all time and is near the top of  the poll of one...

Centennial event planned in October for Central Baptist

Planning for the future is very unpredictable because of the pandemic. I met with the Centennial Committee at Central Baptist Church to plan for our 100th year anniversary celebration of the church. The date selected for the occasion is Oct. 23-24 of this year. Of course it all...
Posted On 07 Feb 2021

Canceling in-person class should result in canceled ballgames

Williamsburg Independent Schools canceled in-person classes this week because of a spike in COVID–19. That announcement was made at approximately noon on Monday. Yet Monday night, the Williamsburg Lady Jackets suited up against Whitley County for a basketball game at...