Kentucky does not have the best track record when it comes to health. We come close to leading the nation in all the wrong things — particularly chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, obesity. Lifestyle choices contribute to the prevalence of diseases, but access to quality medical …

Eddyville seeks tennis court replacement

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is working to find yet more ways to combat Asian carp that plague local waters as well as secure several other water infrastructure projects in western Kentucky.

A Lyon County native has been named new chief financial officer at Usher Transport Inc., company President Ryan Usher announced recently.

Over the past few years, Kentucky has become one of the most military-friendly states in the nation. A big part of this is that we are without a doubt a patriotic people with communities that welcome active duty and retired military members. We have also earned this reputation by enacting sm…

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Eddyville seeks tennis court replacement

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The summer of 2021 should see a number of improvements made to both Lyon County high and elementary schools. On Monday, Lyon County Board of Education chose to move ahead with a $4.58 million plan to upgrade the two facilities.

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Jail costs to the county were down considerably in April, but corrections expenses still comprise more than a half-million dollars in the new $6.73 million budget approved by Lyon Fiscal Court last week.

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The 2020 Regular Session adjourned just before midnight last Wednesday, more than four months after convening in January and six weeks after COVID-19 altered so much about the world as we knew it.

First and foremost, I want to let everyone know that Caldwell Medical Center is here for our community. These are uncertain times with a lot of unknowns, but you can gain some peace of mind with the knowledge that we are taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously and are aggressively workin…

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As your State Representative, I usually use this column to share news and updates about what the legislature is doing. I certainly appreciate the opportunity to share. With the coronavirus and COVID-19 changing so much about our daily lives, this week, I would like to share some thoughts I h…

The worry is palpable. Stress is mounting on the faces we see and in the voices we hear. And the pain is hitting closer to home.

The Kentucky legislature is responsible for passing the state’s budget — that is, deciding how state money is raised and spent in the commonwealth. No other government official or body can do that job for us.

The United States Postal Service is committed to delivering your mail and packages throughout the current pandemic. We are proud of our role in providing an essential service to every community. The one constant throughout this crisis has been our commitment to fulfilling the vital mission o…

As I drove home from the Capitol last week, I saw so many businesses closed, so few people out and about. I have no doubt that we are doing the right thing. I support what our public health agencies are doing to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Frankfort, like most of the world, is not the same place it was two weeks ago when the governor announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.

We began last week by remembering our founding fathers and the noble leaders who helped shape our great nation. On Presidents Day, we saluted all U.S. Presidents, past and present.

Throughout my time in the Kentucky House, I have made this district my top legislative priority. When I go to work, I go to work for our families and our future. Throughout my time in Frankfort, I have supported policies aimed at growing our economy, protecting life, defending our most vulne…

The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close Friday. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session Jan. 7 with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fo…

At a time when efforts are underway across the country to restrict gun ownership, patriotic Americans are rising up in strong defense of the 2nd Amendment. This is especially true across Kentucky where there is significant grassroots energy aimed at defending a right that our founding father…

I joined legislators from throughout Kentucky in Frankfort last week as House and Senate members convened the 2020 Regular Session. I am always reminded that it is a privilege to serve this district and our communities, an honor and responsibility that I take very seriously. I hope to contin…

Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who participated last month in our first ever Festival of Trees. It was a big success and lots of money was raised for various charities throughout the area.

As we move into the new year, I've been reflecting on what we have accomplished in 2019 on behalf of the 1st Congressional District. Every time I returned to Kentucky throughout 2019, I heard loud and clear the priorities of my constituents, which have been to enact policies that put working…

As we welcome a new year after just ushering out another 12 months that seemingly raced by, let's take a moment to reflect on our democracy and our wonderful country.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger’ because there was no room for them in the inn.

This year's interim joint committee meetings have come to an end, giving us a peek at the topics we will likely consider during the 2020 General Assembly. With the session just weeks away, committees spent time delving into issues like the opioid crisis, local taxation and high pension costs…

Last summer, I was approached by a Lyon County assistant coach and asked if I'd like to help the boys high school basketball team with strength and conditioning. I have dedicated a large portion of my adult years to furthering my knowledge of health and fitness; I have a passion for basketba…

Growing up in western Kentucky there were some fundamentals: When the Cats played, the TV was turned down and Cawood Ledford cranked-up; I first had to learn to sit still before being allowed anywhere near a deer stand; and it was better to be on the top tier of the tobacco barn when housing…

Legislators spent this week in Frankfort wrapping up many of our Interim Joint Committees. Over the last few months, agencies, organizations, and constituents have brought their agendas to Frankfort to lay the groundwork for issues we will consider during the 2020 Session. I have shared abou…

Governor-elect Andy Beshear and future First Lady Britainy Beshear are holding an inauguration poster contest and invite children to submit artwork reflecting Kentuckians working together to accomplish "common goals we all share."

At the end of October, President Trump announced U.S. special operations forces eliminated Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted terrorist and the vile leader of ISIS. Whatever your politics, every American should express sincere gratitude to the intelligence professionals and servic…

There is no doubt that putting in place quality infrastructure, including roads, bridges and water systems, is incredibly vital to our quality of life. We depend on safe roads, quality drinking water and reliable forms of energy. It makes perfect sense that these should be among the most imp…

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 …

According to a new study, even those who are most social media savvy have a difficult time discerning "fake news" from reliable content.

Whatever plans you may have for Nov. 5, I hope they include a visit to your polling place to cast your ballot in this year's election. Every election is important, but this one is particularly critical as we will be voting for our Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary…

Opponents of giving Kentucky parents more alternatives when it comes to educating their children want to distract families and taxpayers and the lawmakers who represent them from the true success being achieved by public charter schools and tax-credit scholarships in some of the nation's mos…

Part of my daughter's morning school arrival routine is stopping to say hi to Officer Steve, her school resource officer. And daily, even with all he is managing during morning drop-offs, he never fails to share a smile or a laugh with her.

The second of five gubernatorial campaign debates held recently at the University of Kentucky featured a statement you rarely hear uttered by a politician of either party, but especially one who portrays himself as a progressive with a spending wish list long enough to cover every inch of th…

Is the U.S. on the verge of self-destruction due to worsening division among its people? I hope not. But according to Jesus, "If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." About three years before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln borrowed the metaphor in a speech initiating h…

"Jesus Christ, Super Socialist" is Ivonne Rovira's recent missive on Forward Kentucky in which she equates socialism with true Christianity.

Ample evidence provided by the latest test scores assessing Kentucky's academic performance during the 2018-19 school year suggests too many of our students struggled academically and that the drama and disruption caused by teachers' illegal strikes and school shutdowns exacerbated the problems.

One never knows when a random act of kindness can have a tremendous impact on people's lives. I'm haunted by a story I read about the great number of suicides committed over the years by people jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.