Have you ever thought about what happens to the empty Coke cans and food takeout containers you toss in your recycling bins?

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Kentucky, as everyone knows, is a mecca when it comes to producing country music superstars. Kentucky is a national treasure when it comes to country music. Watching the recent Ken Burns documentary on PBS about country music only reaffirms this. Episode after episode an artist from Kentucky…

Reporter Jeremy D. Wells penned an interesting story last week on the need for Carter County to get caught up on flood control maintenance in the creek bed of Little Sinking Creek.

We state the obvious today in noting those who vandalized construction equipment at the Carter County Sports Park Complex are quite pitiful. We also state the obvious in noting they should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if the perpetrators in question can be identified.

One of the many bad aspects in the “Green New Deal” is that all of this arrives on the political scene at a time when the price of producing energy from fossil fuels is lower than at any time before in human history.

The longest economic recovery on record and a state unemployment rate of 4.3% sounds like a strong foundation for Kentuckians’ prosperity. But a close look at the numbers this Labor Day shows an economy where many Kentucky communities still lack jobs, especially quality jobs families need to…

The main solution to climate change is well known – stop burning fossil fuels. How to do this is more complicated, but as someone who studies energy modeling, I and others see the outlines of a post-fossil-fuel future: We make electricity with renewable sources and electrify almost everything.

In mid-July 2019, Oakland, California, became the third U.S. city to ban municipal departments from using facial recognition technology. Meanwhile, Congress began hearings on whether and how to regulate it on a national level. In a surprising moment of bipartisan consensus, the only thing la…

The Grayson Tourism & Convention Commission has put its grants on hold as they wait for the funds to come in from unpaid hotel taxes.

As director of the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies, I regularly talk to people about how they can use data to help their communities thrive.

A recent report by the The Washington Post — and localized by our sister paper The Daily Independent in Ashland — detailed the flow of pain pills through the Tri-State region from 2006 to 2012.

Wandering through the grocery store, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the numerous brands and health claims on the dozens of sugar substitutes. It can be particularly confusing for those with diabetes or pre-diabetes who must keep their blood sugar in check and control their weight.

We usually don't use our editorial space to write about matters from the criminal justice beat but we feel the need to today in addressing two recent incidents in Carter County that warrant attention. The first event was a very serious apartment fire and the second was the filing of a murder…

This is a big week for Carter County and the region with the start of Rudy Fest. The festival runs from Wednesday through Saturday in a show organized by Carter County residents.

Recently, the NFL conducted its annual draft. If you’ve ever watched it, you know there’s much fanfare and excitement surrounding the announcement of who’s chosen for which team. The room goes quiet and all eyes are on the commissioner as he reads the name of the next person selected for a h…

There were some excellent developments reported out of Rowan County this past week. They are important not just to Rowan County taxpayers, but to Carter County residents and, for that matter, all residents of Eastern Kentucky.

Soybeans may not seem all that useful in a war. Nonetheless they’ve become China’s most important weapon in its ever-worsening trade conflict with the U.S.

A very nice story appeared in last week's paper that chronicled the pleasant surprise JoAnn and Gary Back recently discovered in the attic of the old Garvin Diner in the Globe community.

Rural people and issues generally receive little attention from the urban-centric media and policy elites. Yet, rural America makes unique contributions to the nation’s character and culture as well as provides most of its food, raw materials, drinking water and clean air. The recent preside…

Carter County Fiscal Court was the recent recipient of a full report from Compass Municipal Advisors. Compass took a complete look at the county's financial picture, including expenses, revenues, retirement contributions and credit analysis.

Politicians of all stripes endeavor to sound serious and thoughtful about problems confronting our body politic and the future.

Recently I wrote a column about my experience attending the 2018 Kentucky Derby, which was the rainiest Derby Day on record. This allowed me to witness history while simultaneously experiencing what it feels like to be in a relentless monsoon of epic proportions.

As many teachers know, being an educator in Kentucky is an incredibly rewarding profession. It is also very challenging and demanding, requiring immense sacrifice — usually of one's own time, emotions and money beyond the average work day. All of it is aimed at bettering the lives of our youth.

The shape of the May 21 Democratic primary for governor became clearer Wednesday night as the three major candidates held their first debate.

A good bit of Appalachia, especially Eastern Kentucky, is buzzing with the news that the $1.7 billion Braidy Industries aluminum mill has now secured partial project funding. This funding announcement dramatically shifts the building of the mill to a state of highly probable, as opposed to p…

If you scroll through the Carter County Health Department's Facebook page you'll get a quick glimpse into the important work the Health Department does for this community every day.

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Garnet Louise Estepp, age 87, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 in Grove City, OH. She was born in Grahn, KY and graduated from Olive Hill High School, Olive Hill, KY. She worked for many years for Buckeye Steel and retired from Worthington Steel. She is preceded in death by her husband, …