Americans aren't going for coffins like they used to. Cremation is becoming more popular and many families opt to dispose of the ashes somewhere other than a cemetery.
That's not good news for the funeral and cemetery business. Arne Swanson, market director for Dignity Memorial Service Corporation International, recalls watching a family spreading the ashes of a loved one on the fairway of a golf course.
"I thought, 'There must be a better way,' " he says. "There just simply was not a product to meet the needs of this family."
About 100 individuals gathered Sunday to show their support for Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred, who temporarily stepped down from his office in September after a state panel that disciplines judges ordered him removed from the bench. In its decision, the Judicial Conduct Commission found him guilty of nine counts of judicial misconduct. Alred has appealed the decision to the Kentucky Supreme Court. William Clark Bailey, one of the organizers of the rally, described Sunday’s gathering as a movement among people in Harlan County taking a stand against the removal of a duly elected official.
Larger envelopes for absentee ballots mean it costs more to mail in the ballots - a situation that has a Georgetown man asking questions. "It says on the outer envelope 'Place stamp here,' but it costs $1.08 to mail an absentee ballot," said Jerry Richardson.
NCAA Division 3 is out, but apparently a move to NCAA Division 2 remains an option for Georgetown College's sports program. The Georgetown College Board of Trustees met Friday and Saturday, and much of the discussion centered on the school's athletic affiliation. On Friday the trustees requested that President Bill Crouch analyze the data provided by an exploratory committee on a potential move to NCAA D3 before even hearing the committee's recommendation.
The heat and dryness of this past summer were hard on corn and soybeans in central Kentucky and in much of the nation. The fall harvest is about 80 percent complete. The corn and soybeans harvested mostly are of good quality, but the yield is less than average. Corn, which is between 15 and 20 bushels per acre less than during an average year, still is doing better than some farmers anticipated, said Matt Adams, a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.
Some Newport residents and their City Commission wish Interstate 471 would quiet the heck down. Not so much the cars on the interstate, but the pavement itself, which causes rumbling sounds and makes chocka-chocka noises as tires speed over it. Rob Hans, the chief district engineer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 6, promises whatever form of pavement the state uses to replace the worn out, late-1970s concrete pavement definitely will be quieter than the noisy material there now.
Watermelon: It's not just for summer picnics any more. University of Kentucky researchers have been studying the fruit's juice, and results show that it might be good for keeping your weight down and your heart strong. Sibu Saha, lead investigator on UK's project, cautions that consumers should not storm grocery stores and start juicing watermelons but should continue to eat a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Bell County school superintendent failed to notify authorities, as required by law, about an alleged sexual assault of a third-grader by a teacher, a federal lawsuit claims. Superintendent George Thompson also helped remove documents that could have been used in a legal case against former teacher Travis Phipps, the lawsuit alleges.