April 17, 2014

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Legislative perspective on Kentucky General Assembly

In the month of January, the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee that I chair devoted a lot of attention to the anticipated passage of the federal Farm Bill.  On Friday, that legislation completed its journey when the president signed it into law.

This five-year package gives us a comprehensive farm policy that will strengthen the safety net for farmers in Kentucky and across the nation as they work to continue giving us a safe and affordable food supply.

What’s the worth of a person?

“How much was he worth?” The old farmer queried, as he sat close to the pot-bellied stove in the country store. The store owner narrowed his eyes and stared long and hard out the window as if mentally gathering evidence for his reply concerning the passing of a well known citizen of this community. He pursed his lips and replied, “I’d say…..at least….$75,000!” He exhaled in a sigh of admiration and envy. “At least that much,” he appended. I was a high school student when I heard this interchange; today $75,000 would be the equivalent of a million dollars, or more.


Some may say that adhering to basic rules of etiquette is only for the rich class, but for me, I believe that manners is that cog that separates the civilized from the barbaric. Every society has rules of conduct by which to live. If there were no rules, we would surely have chaos. Etiquette seems to smooth the rough areas of life and bring about harmony to people and their relationships.

Bills will harm the restaurant industry

Dear Editor,

Two bills have been introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives that could significantly impact the restaurant industry in Kentucky, our employees and the customers we serve. HB 1 proposes an increase in the state minimum wage while HB 191 would reduce the tip credit available to Kentucky businesses that employ workers who regularly receive tips. The Kentucky Restaurant Association (KRA) is opposed to both bills and recognizes their unintended consequences.

Minimum wage and the GOP
Book review of "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"

Set in the early 1960’s, “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt,” by Beth Hoffman (of Newport, Ky.), introduces the reader to the world of a twelve-year-old caretaker for her psychotic mother.

Amish Cook shares noodle recipe

By Lovina Eicher

It is Thursday morning and the temperature is 14 degrees. That seems warm after all of these subzero temperatures we’ve had all week.

The children returned to school this morning after being off since last Friday due to the extreme cold temperatures.  My husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth were home on Monday and Tuesday from the factories due to the bad weather.  We barely saw any traffic go by during those two days. It was still dark on Tuesday morning when a lady came to our door asking for help to get her car out of a ditch close by our house.

PC Fiscal Court meeting agenda Print E-mail

Pendleton County Fiscal Court meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., February 11, 2014.

Tentative agenda will go as follows: Call to order, prayer, pledge, approval of agenda, approval of minutes, presentation of treasure's report, planning commission request of fiscal court, request from Jim Thaxton and Kenna Knight, County Clerk's 2013 close out and turnover of excess fees, first reading of County Right-of-way Encroachment Ordinance, second reading of Starving Horse Ordinance Amendment, update on part-time Animal Control, Colvin's Bend Bridge update, Long Term Recovery Committee Draft by-laws, transfers, pay bills, closing remarks by Judge Bertram/magistrates and adjourn.

Sam Arnold files for family court judge
Pendleton County Schools’ team member completes skill training in Louisville