In the spring of 2013, the band "Rush" was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I get it. It’s easy to shop on Amazon. Running low on toilet paper? Need lightbulbs? Want a bath caddy on a whim? With two clicks and even less thought, the item you need/want/desire is at your doorstep, often in 48 hours or less.

As soon as the final seconds ticked off the clock prior to halftime last Wednesday afternoon at the KHSAA Sweet 16, I quickly headed up the steps in search of a rare treat.

It goes without saying this year's Thanksgiving holiday was unlike any other. Families and households were forced to make tough decisions in response to the growing concerns of the pandemic and restrictions imposed by the governor's administration.

If you've logged into Facebook at any time in the past couple of months, then you've undoubtedly been confronted with a prompt at the top of the page asking if you are registered to vote.

On Monday morning, I stood by my father, Jim Hutchinson's, bed in the intensive care unit at Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Perspective on Berea City Council race from a young Berean

Within a relatively short amount of time, this country has lost three iconic figures of the Civil Rights Movement, the most prominent being Rep. John Lewis from Georgia, who was one of the original "freedom fighters."

One has to search way back in the archives of our nation to find a period of time to compare with the sheer amount of "stuff" going on in our country right now!

America's Founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

A few neighborhood parents announced it was dark enough to start setting off the fireworks. Children quickly came running up to get their sparklers and see what other fireworks were going to be set off. The teenagers had already started throwing poppers, launching bottle rockets and lighting…

If we thought that harvesting, selling and preserving nearly 2 acres of strawberries was some sort of practical joke related to the start of "school vacation," imagine how we felt about taking a break from picking berries to spend the afternoon hoeing vegetables until dark.

Luigi was an extremely careful motorist who never let the car in front of him get too close. He was such a careful driver, in fact, that he took more time than the average dude to carefully consider all traffic and road signs. As a result, in the 20 years he had been driving an automobile, L…

A raging coronavirus pandemic and a renewed call for equal justice under the law for all Americans has the full attention of this nation, indeed the world. But amidst all this troubling chaos is a Kentucky practice or tradition worthy of note. This past week, my family and I were in Berea fo…

This year, Camp Joy is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Camp Wekandu, a camp which brings together kids who share the similarity of having juvenile arthritis. However, for 2020, it is being done virtually because of COVID-19. 

Almost 60 years ago to the year, I was one of a handful of African American students and student-athletes who enrolled to study at Eastern Kentucky State College. We were part of an educational "experiment" initiated by President Robert R. Martin, a visionary, a forward-thinking educator who…

Black Lives Matter protests and rallies, as well as candle vigils, have swept the nation calling for more action against corrupt officials — especially police officers — following the deaths of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Four years ago during my junior year of college, I officially decided to major in journalism. At that time, I had no idea what I was signing up for.

I've always considered it one of the most powerfully important lines from one of the greatest pieces of American literature.

Lots of people were upset when it was announced there would be no traditional in-person graduations during May for Madison County's four high schools -- Madison Southern, Madison Central, Berea Community and Model Laboratory.

The current global pandemic has stirred a lot of unpleasant feelings inside all of us, I think.

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In the spring of 2013, the band "Rush" was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It seems many moons ago that Stafford Nelson, Vernon "Peanuts" Parrish and I went to the Kentucky Derby in 1941.

President Biden seems pretty intent on going forward with his initiative to all but 're-make' the country.

I get it. It’s easy to shop on Amazon. Running low on toilet paper? Need lightbulbs? Want a bath caddy on a whim? With two clicks and even less thought, the item you need/want/desire is at your doorstep, often in 48 hours or less.

When Wilbur was suddenly taken to the hospital requiring an operation, his next-door neighbor, Henry, decided to do some operating of his own.

When I get a chance to go to the grocery with my wife Carolyn and daughter, Mindy West, I sit in the car and people watch, while they shop.

The Democratic-controlled Congress will soon try to transform part of the District of Columbia, which today is about 1/18th the size of Rhode Island but 18.9% larger than Denver International Airport, into a state.

If we were honest about this thing, many of us would admit that we are suffering from some sort of fatigue after these many months of change in our usual way of doing things.

There is a growing national discussion as it relates to the often contentious relationship between black men -- especially -- and law enforcement.

"Give me liberty or give me death," Patrick Henry thundered.

Mike entered a laundromat where he got into an argument with a soap dispensing machine, only to discover that grime didn't pay.

Everywhere I go these days I see discarded face masks of the throw away variety in grocery carts, on the ground in parking lots, on curbs, and along wind-blown roadways.

As Earth Day approaches, it's a good time to remember the fight against climate change belongs to all of us.

Before this year's General Assembly, Frankfort GOP insiders joked that Secretary of State Michael Adams might end up signing more bills into law than Gov. Andy Beshear.

In a video I recorded last week for EKU's upcoming Giving Day I defined something we talk about a lot at EKU, and that's our mantra of being the "School of Opportunity."

Larry and his two partners drove a long distance to an out-of-town business convention.

Since COVID-19 arrived, measures to expand educational freedom and opportunity have been introduced in more than half the states in America -- many of which already had some form of choice, including neighboring Indiana, where lawmakers expanded eligibility for an existing school voucher pro…

As soon as the final seconds ticked off the clock prior to halftime last Wednesday afternoon at the KHSAA Sweet 16, I quickly headed up the steps in search of a rare treat.

The 'Good ole boys' take care of their own, again

I can tell you for sure that the climate on Charlie Brown Road took a drastic change for the worse during the spring of 2014 -- and has yet to show any signs that it is going to change back.

For eight wonderful years, my wife, Carolyn, and I resided on a lake just off beautiful Rainbow River in Florida.

After my column has had time to run in your family newspaper, I usually post it the following week on Facebook.

Even during these unprecedented times, the mission of Eastern Kentucky University as the 'School of Opportunity' for students remains strong.

Amazon Prime's television series, "Hunters," features Berea College alumna Juanita Kreps, who graduated in 1942 and went on to become the first female director of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the first woman to serve as Secretary of Commerce, which happened in the Jimmy Carter Admi…

Imagine the uproar if, during the final days of a Kentucky General Assembly session, political leaders attempted to dishonestly and without full debate sneak through legislation like House Bill 563, which offers tax credits for businesses and individuals who contribute to non-profit organizations.

My uncle, Stevie Craft, was partially disabled as a soldier in The Spanish American War and, to this day, I am ashamed to admit that I never knew the particulars of how he got that way.

The challenges of the past year have caused me to pay attention to the things and the people around me perhaps a little more intently than usual.

Resist the tendency to choose prejudice over reason

Popular country singer Hank Williams Jr. sang a song, "Why Can't We All Just Get A Long Neck?," that was first released back in 1997.

This past week, the University of Kentucky marked two major milestones in our response to the historic challenge of a global health pandemic.

I have never been a fan of "America's Got Talent," mostly because I don't like watching card tricks and so-called magic tricks and I've seen very little in the way of talent during the few times I've tuned into that show.

It appears that common-sense conservatism will prevail over crony capitalists and their seeming obsession with raising the commonwealth's gas tax despite the lingering economic uncertainty created by the fallout from COVID-19.

Frank had several friends who reported that they were making money hand-over-fist in the stock market and decided to follow their lead.

When economies falter and hardship rises, governments must respond with vigorous action.

As the 2020 General Assembly enters its final days, lawmakers still have an opportunity to pass legislation that was born out of success, rather than a problem.

My trip to work each morning consists of painterly backdrops. Of 'purple mountains majesty' as I make the long trip from Beattyville to Richmond.

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