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We had been kayaking for at least an hour when we came upon it. They, my fellow kayakers, said it was coming up, but I wasn’t too thrilled at the idea of jumping into the river that was a little cooler than the lake temperature I’m used to.

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Kentucky employers have a growing front-line awareness of the devastating impact the opioid epidemic is having on our state. They know that this epidemic is more than a public health issue. It is also a serious workforce issue that must be addressed -- with employers playing a key role -- if they are going to meet their challenges of finding and retaining workers.

Ellen was a sight to be held, which Larry probably had in mind when he was introduced to her at a party as Dr. Smith. Consequently, when the party came to a close and Larry -- tall, dark and handsome -- requested the pleasure of driving her home, Ellen accepted the offer alacrity.

Aside from the wonderful cat-lover groups I follow, about the only reason I still have any social media accounts is because of my job.

One of the opportunities I enjoy as president of Eastern Kentucky University is the front-row seat, figuratively and literally, that comes with cheering for our sports teams and watching our student athletes grow as competitors, as students and as people.

June is Pride Month for the LGBTQ community and for all of us who support them. They are our loved ones, neighbors, co-workers and friends. They are Americans, entitled to the same freedoms and protection as their straight allies. But statutes that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public services have been extended to LBGTQ people in only 21 states, and no federal law has yet passed both houses of the U.S. Congress. “OK,” people say, “I get that we have work to do addressing discrimination, but why all this parading and rainbow-flag-waving? Most of America is on their side, so why don’t they just get on with their lives?”

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Obituaries

Ruth Wilson, 81, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at her residence. The wife of the late John Lee Wilson. Funeral 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial at Douglas Cemetery at Sunny Hill. Visitation 6 p.m. Friday.

Charlynne B. Rogers, 85, of Corbin, KY, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Baptist Health Corbin. A native of Corbin, she was a daughter of the late Curtis Brasel and Oranell Sullivan Brasel. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Henry Rogers; a sister, Carolyn Enright…

Janice Rose Miller, age 75, of Gray, passed away on Saturday July 13, 2019 at Baptist Health Corbin. She was a homemaker and faithful member of Sojourn Baptist Church in Corbin. Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Luster McDaniel and Mary Mabe McDaniel, and by her sisters Gladys McD…