When it comes to the major challenges facing the world today, most of us would agree that climate change, the pandemic, poverty and political unrest are at the top of the list. Few, however, would include a group of chemicals found on and in a variety of everyday items within our homes.

"Look for the helpers," is sound advice we have come to rely on in the aftermath of tragedy. The phrase originated from Nancy McFeely Rogers, but her words were later popularized by her son, Fred Rogers, in his book, "Mister Rogers Talks with Parents."

Kentucky officials, residents and many from outside of our state’s borders turned their full attention to the desperate needs of our fellow Kentuckians when historic flooding ravaged eastern Kentucky in July.

The changes to The News-Democrat and The Trimble Banner have been in place for a few weeks. Included is a change in the staff that creates the editorial content from four members to two. Camryn McManis and I have been working hard to create a paper where news from both counties is shared as …

I have written a lot over the past two years about the legislature’s role in providing oversight over the judicial and executive branches of state government, but I thought I might use this week’s update to share a little about the work of one committee specifically. The Government Contract …

As a principal who grounds her work in leading a school that is a model of inclusivity, I know that optimal student success in achievement, engagement and sense of belonging occurs when there is a strong partnership between home and school. Whenever I talk with families, I tell them our part…

‘Many of the roads in Eastern Kentucky are still impassable. So the Kentucky National Guard is flying dozens of helicopter missions daily to drop water, MREs, and vital supplies to Kentuckians in remote areas… The landings were difficult – sometimes nearly impossible. But the heroes of the K…

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2022) – If the pandemic shutdown of 2020 taught us anything, it was how good we have it at The Kentucky State Fair. That year, we could only offer the youth portion of our livestock shows. Everything else about the state fair, the sights, the sounds, and the smells, w…

We squeezed a lot of activity into a short amount of time. In a week, I have eight meetings to report on, and I am in only approximately 25% of the meetings happening. Our usual summer schedule is monthly meetings for each committee, June-November.

Everyone in the commonwealth relies on services provided by the state government, and the workers providing them are our friends, neighbors and family. They help children in crisis, defend those who cannot afford an attorney, keep our water and air clean and provide other critical public ser…

With summer in full swing, lawn and garden care are top priorities for many homeowners. However, pests can be a real hinderance to the success and health of your lawn and garden. The most common lawn pest group in Kentucky are white grubs. While having some grubs in your lawn is normal, too …

Join the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service, the University of Kentucky (UK) Alumni Association and UK Human Resources STEPS Temporary Employment, the second and fourth Tuesday of August at 9:00 a.m.

In June, a herd of cattle in central Tennessee was reported to have Theileria orientalis Ikedia, a protozoan disease vectored by the invasive Asian longhorned tick. This protozoon attacks red and white blood cells and causes bovine infectious anemia, lethargy, weakness, and possibly death in…

Gardens are beginning to bear the fruits of your labor. Soon, it will be time to start thinking about preserving some of that excess produce for winter months. Safety is of utmost importance for those of us preserving food, because improperly home-canned food can lead to foodborne illness.

All Kentucky children should receive a high-quality education that helps them thrive. Because such an education requires skilled teachers, up-to-date instructional materials, non-academic supports, safe learning environments, strong administrators and more in each Kentucky community, providi…

As the dog days of summer continue, lawmakers turn our attention back to preparing for the next legislative session. A number of interim joint committees (IJC) met last week with discussions that ranged from infrastructure to support electric vehicles, ensuring we have the veterinarians nece…