• Is a fall break really needed?

    When I was a kid, I remember starting school near my birthday almost every year. That meant the first day of school would come in the last week of August. It was nothing new to us back then, 30 some years ago. But today, with school starting much earlier in some districts across Kentucky, some state legislators are now in the debate about when the first day of school should be scheduled.

  • Letting our souls catch up with our bodies

    Sometimes our best advice to others is forgotten by ourselves.

    Not very long ago I admonished the worshippers on Sunday morning to slow down, do less, and take a true Sabbath rest. We tend to get swallowed up by life’s demands and forget the important stuff that really matters.

  • Dad's still Dad

    "I miss you tucking me in bed."

    The words were not from one of my children, now grown and away from home, longing for the comfort of days gone bye.

    The words were from my dad. He had been diagnosed with cancer several weeks earlier and had just completed his first treatment when I visited him. The prognosis for longevity is not good - less than a year. 

    Dad told how me how he missed our nightly ritual after I had returned home from my visit with him and Mom.

  • Hiding behind God's word

    Kim Davis has dominated the news across Kentucky over the past several weeks.

    In case you don't recognize the name, Davis is the Rowan County Clerk, and one of her duties is to issue marriage licenses. That's a duty she has not been doing, even after an order from a federal judge to do so.

  • Cook gives update on school constructioni

    Construction of the new facilities has really taken off. We were initially behind 83 days due to weather. We are making up time considerably on the two buildings and are now behind approximately 50 days. Our goal is to have the primary center, which will house students from preschool through second grade, moved into their new building when school starts for the 2016-2017 school year. I feel good about making that happen.

  • Here's a tip: Earn it!

    There's an old saying that goes, "You get what you pay for."

    In my opinion, the opposite holds true, especially when it comes to leaving tips at a restaurant; you pay for what you get.

    It seems today the popular thing for those in the service industry to do, especially waiters and waitresses, is to post photos of customers' receipts and call them out for the tips they leave, or don't leave.

  • The wrong kind of attention

    If you’re offended by the words you are about to read, frankly, I don’t care.

    And I’m tired of everyone being offended about everything these days.

    Granted, there are some things about which we should be offended, but most of the time, when we hear about them on TV or the Internet, those who are offended are not very well informed. I would have said they are stupid, but, well, you know.

  • Property tax tips from your PVA

    If you are like me, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming doing something that you may not do on a regular basis. For me, that "something" can be flying. I have flown a total of three times in my life, and the last time I flew was directly into Chicago. Talk about a fish out of water. Some folks feel the same way when it comes to the property tax system in Kentucky.

  • Protecting the rights of the unborn
  • Chance, or a providential meeting?


    A young Marine opened the flap of the tent and called out the the several Marines inside, “Is there anyone in here from Kentucky?”

    The Marines had been slogging through the mud in Okinawa some 71 years ago.

    The Marine asking the question was Robert B. Oldham, and the person who spoke up, saying, “I’m from Kentucky,” was Bruce Heilman.