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If foreign governments meddling in our 2016 general election is news to you, then I’m not sure how much fruit could be borne by reading further. It is a well settled fact, acknowledged by every political faction worth mentioning, that Russia (and Israel, Iran, Ukraine, North Korea…) interfered in our most recent presidential election. Some say “meddled,” others, “intervened.”

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Field of Dreams, Gold Rush, Snake Oil and Wild, Wild West, are all the terms currently being used to describe the out of control cannabis situation going on in our country and hemp production in our state.

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MOREHEAD – Chuck Mraz has a primary goal in his new position as the chair of the newly reformed city-county joint parks and recreation board.

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LONDON -- The 2019 Legacy Nissan Classic will tip off Thursday at North Laurel High School with some of the best boys and girls basketball teams across the state and nation participating in the event.

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The growing hemp industry in Kentucky is opening doors for numerous kinds of innovations. One such innovation is coming from a team at the University of Kentucky, which is using the plant to help fix Kentucky's bridges.

WILLIAMSBURG -- University of the Cumberlands announced last week a host of new businesses, collectively called Marketplace on Main & 3rd, opening early next year in downtown Williamsburg. Located on the 300 block of Main Street (former Faulkner Furniture property), Marketplace on Main & 3rd brings attractive shopping, dining and food experiences that will draw community members, tourists and students.

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CATLETTSBURG The former Boyd County Child Support Office manager accused of stealing $113,000 from the office’s payroll account, by forging an attorney’s signature, stood for arraignment in Boyd County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

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(Columnist’s Note: I sincerely wish this reprint from 2015 weren’t still timely and relevant today, but, alas, now that the east side Kroger has 12 different entrances into its parking lot, I fear this is an even more necessary holiday message.)

BARBOURVILLE — While many give credit to Daniel Boone for blazing the trail to Kentucky, Boone wasn’t the first European to discover the Commonwealth. Dr. Thomas Walker wasn’t the first European to discover Kentucky either, but he was the first to record his findings, and he and his crew were the first to build a log cabin in Kentucky.

Eighty-nine-year-old Corbin native Ruth Claxton did something she never thought she would be able to do. Despite constant encouragement from friends and family members, Claxton — who describes herself as an avid reader — finally released her first book “The Early Years: A Memoir” in 2015 under the pen name Rachel G. Carrington.

In Madison County, homelessness is an ongoing issue that hurts not only adults, but children of all ages. Many may be unaware of the extent of homelessness in this area of the resources available to help families in need. The first source of assistance and guidance for families facing homelessness is likely the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) for individual schools in the area.

Happy Thanksgiving! As you’ve read and heard all too often this week, and as you know well even without the constant mantra, it is a time to give thanks. I am so very grateful for many people, countless experiences, whatever skills and abilities I have, and constant opportunities. It’s really too much to take in without giving short shrift to the lion’s share of life. Yet I ponder on it and try to understand.

More than half of consumers have already started their holiday shopping and nearly a quarter of purchases have already been made, according to the annual survey released this month by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Gather around all of my culinarily-challenged friends, I have a treat for you. As we prepare ourselves for a day full of family, turkey, and football let us also take time to remember the real reason for the holiday: thankfulness that our family members can cook, because we sure can’t.

Hair pulling, elbow shoving and towel throwing — this is the legacy of Black Friday. Fighting to get new treasures immediately after we give thanks seems ironic. Yet each year, many Kentuckians go out and explore the sales. As the day inches up on us once more, I decided to find out exactly what draws people to the madness.

Thanksgiving, sometimes called "Turkey Day," is family time in Pulaski County. However, first responders stand ready to protect as always, eating and visiting with family members in whatever spare time they can find. Holiday spirit also penetrates hospital rooms and jail cells in Somerset and Pulaski County.

For Casey Burdette, homelessness is not just an obscure societal problem, but something he has experienced personally. For about two years after his mother's passing, Burdette lived alone and mainly on the streets. Today, he is thankful for people in the Richmond community who have come alongside him to help him get more stable housing.

Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like The Macy's Day Parade. And while Madison County will be well represented thanks to the Madison Central marching band, the students won't be the only ones with a Madison County connection.

“I want to thank you / For your generosity / The love and the honesty / That you gave me / I want to thank you”—“Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant

Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck issued a warning via Facebook on Saturday about bogus bills being circulated in the community.

Kentucky launched a new program last week offering incentives for farmers for selling their property to beginning farmers, described as an effort to further sustain the agriculture industry.

More than 55 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. It's predicted to be the second highest Thanksgiving travel since AAA began tracking the holiday in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005.

It never fails. Each year around Thanksgiving I tend to get a little sad. I'm reminded of a time when my family would load up the car, including my tiny Pappaw and head up I-75 to Louisville to spend Thanksgiving with my aunt Jenny and uncle Shelby.

I don’t do a whole lot of cooking throughout the year other than to bake some chicken for my work lunches or pour a bowl of cereal for breakfast. But around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, I enjoy getting in the kitchen to try out new recipes.

WHITLEY COUNTY — Chris James Lowe, 40, and Lori Mattie, 39, were both found guilty and sentenced to life in prison Friday by a Whitley County jury for the murder of Michelle Marlow.

GLASGOW – Governor-elect Andy Beshear has chosen a Glasgow native to become general counsel of the Office of the Governor.

This week I lost my friend and mentor, a gentleman and a beloved community advocate, Bob Terrell, or “old Bob” as he would write to me.

WHITLEY COUNTY — The murder trial of Chris James Lowe, 40, and Lori Mattie, 39, continued into its third day Thursday. Both Lowe and Mattie are standing trial for the murder of Michelle Marlow, after Marlow was found dead inside the couple’s Old Mud Creek home on July 23, 2017.

November is National Novel Writing Month and features an internet writing project, aimed at producing a manuscript before month’s end. If you haven’t been keeping warm at your desk by feverishly turning out pages, then it’s probably too late to start the project now. There’s still time, though, to snuggle into an easy chair and read a novel or two during these last few days of November.

CORBIN — The Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is offering an alternative to those who want to do something different on Black Friday. The park will be hosting three different hikes on Friday, Nov. 29, as part of its participation in an annual nationwide Opt Outside Black Friday event.

Last week's foray into America's newest impeachment imbroglio was, objectively speaking, fascinating to those who truly care about our country. It really makes no difference what side of the political aisle you find yourself on. The fact is that this political process rarely raises its head and I believe that we can learn from it, and eventually leave it behind us having introduced some positive impact on our nation. It's ugly. There's a level of gamesmanship that is hopefully unfamiliar to you. And, when it distills down to he-said-she-said playground shenanigans, we just know that there's something untoward going on amongst those elected politicians that should reflect the cream of the American crop. Despite the negatives though I still think it can create good effects.

Impeachment, abortion, Colin Kaepernick and Jeffrey Epstein — these topics and people are the most important issues facing our nation, right?

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK — Mary Christman is part of an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team that has been working since early October to get the cave at the former Wondering Woods attraction ready for tours.

Judge David Tapp's journey to the federal bench is continuing to progress with his official resignation from Division I of the 28th Judicial Circuit.

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