Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


  • Appalachian initiative still has much work to do

    Officials announced the leaders of an initiative to expand and diversify the economy in eastern Kentucky on Monday.

    March 25, 2014

  • Teamwork brings State Am to area for first time since ’65

    Kudos to Tom Cooksey, Bellefonte Country Club and Clark’s Pump-N-Shop for working together to bring the Kentucky State Amateur golf tournament to our neck of the woods for the first time since 1965.

    March 25, 2014

  • Fighting for jobs

    Even if it is approved by the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly, there is a good chance House Bill 573 will not prevent Kentucky Power Co. from permanently shutting down one unit of its Big Sandy Power Plant near Louisa.  But who can blame House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, for filing the bill as a last-ditch effort to save a power plant  so critical to the economy, not only of Louisa and Lawrence County but the entire region.

    March 23, 2014

  • Right decision

    A federal judge who has ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries has wisely delayed enforcement of that ruling pending a ruling by a higher court.
    While the ruling by U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn of Louisville is consistent with similar rulings in Texas, Utah, Virginia and other states, Heyburn recognized his ruling is being appealed and could be overturned. The Ashland law firm of VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann has been awarded at $100,000 contract by Gov. Steve Beshear to handle the state’s appeals of Heyburn’s ruling, after Attorney General Jack Conway — a likely candidate for governor in 2015 — said he would not appeal Heyburn’s ruling saying doing so would be “defending discrimination.”  Disagreeing with Conway, the governor chose the Ashland firm to handle the appeal for the state

    March 22, 2014

  • Return to past

    Members of the Kentucky Senate want to turn back the hands of time by returning to the days when the Kentucky General Assembly met for only 60 days every two years. Whether members of the House of Representatives will agree to place the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot remains to be seen

    March 21, 2014

  • Now on film

    Filmmakers are hoping to ride Mine That Bird — one of the most unlikely thoroughbreds to ever win the Kentucky Derby — into success at the box office in much the same way as earlier film versions of the racing careers of Seabiscuit and Secretariat did for their producers

    March 20, 2014

  • On probation

    In a move that could have a negative impact on attracting top-flight students, the University of Louisville School of Medicine has been placed on probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the entity that accredits medical schools.

    March 20, 2014

  • Kicking butts

    School children throughout Kentucky are taking a stand against tobacco today as they join in the nationwide observance of  the 19th annual Kick Butts Day. Here’s hoping young people throughout the commonwealth continue to “kick butts” long after this one-day observance ends.

    March 19, 2014

  • Alcohol sales at Carter Caves lodge now makes lot of sense

    With Olive Hill residents voting last week to legalize alcohol sales and Grayson voting to the same last year, Carter County is now a “wet” county, for all intents and purposes.

    March 18, 2014

  • A 'wet' Olive Hill

    The approval of legal alcohol sales by Olive Hill voters Tuesday surprised even Nici Raybourn, who risked becoming a target of public criticism and scorn by boldly taking a leadership role in the unnamed group of residents who first circulated petitions calling for a special local option election on alcohol sales and then worked for its passage

    March 16, 2014

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