Commonwealth Journal


  • Hal Rogers with path copy.jpg Hal Rogers again targeted by ethics group

    Eastern Kentucky may love Hal Rogers, as evidenced by their continual support of him in election years, but not everyone feels the same way.
    A political watchdog group known as the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has named Rogers — Kentucky’s Fifth District U.S. Representative hailing from here in Somerset — as one of the most corrupt members of Congress.
    This is the fourth time Rogers has made this infamous list. It’s also not the only organization to target the prominent Republican representative in recent years. The Center for Public Integrity, which bills itself as a “nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization,” has targeted Rogers as “engaging in controversial relationships involving ex-staffers-turned-lobbyists, contractors, campaign cash, and earmarks” as a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, making the list as a “new member” first in 2010. Rolling Stone magazine has also placed Rogers on their list of “worst Congressmen.”

    September 13, 2012 1 Photo

  • Shucking corn rev.jpg O’Shucks, They’re All Ears!

    Sandra Haste Buis prepared corn for freezing while spending some time with her granddaughters and the family pets. “I got it from the Mennonites over at Argyle and it’s some of the best I’ve seen,” says the resident of Bethelridge, near the Casey-Pulaski line. Buis, 58, and a recent retiree from corrections work, says she has been employed at numerous places in Somerset, including Palm Beach, Roses, and McDonalds. “I’ve always held two jobs at a time,” she says. One of 12 children of the late Andrew and Myrtle Haste, she and all her siblings sing gospel and Bluegrass together as “The Haste Family.” Ages range from 50 to 75 among the nine females and three males. Grandchildren are Destiny, nine, and Autumn Hatter, six (holding doll) of nearby Yosemite.

    September 13, 2012 1 Photo

  • Hooters Girl Hooters: No Longer a Booby Prize for Women

    Hooters, the chicken-wing chain known for waitresses in tight orange shorts, wants to make it easier for guys to drop by. That means paying a little more attention to their wives and girlfriends.

    September 11, 2012 1 Photo

  • Larry Witt and Methodist columns w path rev.jpg Pillars of Faith

    Being aware of the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day” may be helping historian and former literature teacher Larry Witt deal with delays in getting his own columns erected.
    It all began 20 years ago when the Casey County native moved from Bronston to his current two-story brick home on Hwy. 39.
    The professional photographer spotted four very large concrete posts lying atop a wagon at the home of Jimmy Edwards, just north of Pulaski High.
    ‘They looked like they might make a great background in my back yard for wedding photography,” says Witt.
    Edwards, now 82, had no interest in selling, telling Witt his plan was to erect them on the front of his two-story house that is now surrounded by PCHS athletic fields.
    The supports, weighing nearly 10,000 pounds each, were part of the old Methodist Church on East Mt. Vernon Street in Somerset. They had been in place there since 1880. Edwards purchased them in 1970, when the church was torn down to make way for the current structure.

    September 6, 2012 2 Photos

  • Demetrios and refinery background.jpg CRC partners with Sunoco for crude oil

    Continental Refining Company (CRC) announced this week it has secured a crude oil supply contract with Sunoco Partners Marketing and Terminals LP that will ensure consistent operations when the former Somerset Refinery opens next month.
    The relationship with Sunoco marks a major milestone for Continental Refining Company because it will eliminate any disruptions in supplies of crude oil, said Missy Shorey, spokesperson for CRC. The Sunoco Logistics Crude Oil Pipeline System consists of approximately 4,900 miles of crude oil trunk pipelines and 500 miles of crude oil gathering pipelines in the southwest and midwest regions of the United States.
    “This contract marks an important step in advancement and efficiencies taking place at Continental Refining Company,” said CEO Demetrios Haseotes. “”We are very excited about this relationship because Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals LP’s substantial assets and resources provide Continental with a consistent supply of crude oil to the refinery.”
    The contract with Sunoco will assure CRC between 1,500 and 4,500 barrels of oil a day, said Shorey, talking Wednesday with the Commonwealth Journal from her mobile telephone in Tampa, Fla. while attending the Republican National Convention.

    August 30, 2012 1 Photo

  • cart.jpg Motorized garbage can cart a cool gadget for local woman

    August 17, 2012 1 Photo

  • campground school revised.jpg Pain & Pleasure of a First Beer

    With Somerset going wet, I can provide a word of caution to all who may want to purchase their first beer when turning 21.
    It can be the most embarrassing moment of your life.

    August 16, 2012 3 Photos

  • BEAR SIGHTING FOTO rev.jpg A Kodiak Moment

    It’s a “bear” fact. There are bears in Pulaski County.
    For urbanites and other uninformed city slickers who may doubt presence of the shaggy carnivora in these parts, ask Robin Daughetee.
    Daughetee is a rural mail carrier for the Somerset Post Office, His route takes him through eastern Pulaski County.
    On July 31 – it was a Tuesday just after lunch – Daughetee was delivering mail along Elk View Road; that’s off Providence Road between White Lily and Mt. Victory, near Buck Creek.
    Suddenly, up in front of his mail-delivery vehicle was what he thought were two large bags of garbage that somebody had carelessly tossed alongside the scenic road.
    Daughetee was half right. One of the objects was a bag of garbage. The other object began to move. It must be alive! It was alive! It was a big bear eating garbage!

    August 16, 2012 1 Photo

  • Sue Wilson house forweb.jpg Pickers Paradise

    July 31, 2012 2 Photos

  • Jack Keeney front.jpg Keeney to head God's Food Pantry

    God’s Food Pantry, a local charity organization in downtown Somerset, announced yesterday local businessman Jack Keeney has been selected as the new executive director.
    After being selected as the interim director and working at the pantry since mid June, Keeney applied for the position permanently.
    “This place grows on you, and it touched me right in the heart after working here only a few days,” Keeney stated through a press release to the Commonwealth Journal. “I love the mission of helping others, especially those in our community who have fallen on hard times.”
    Verlan Owens, chair of the board of directors for the pantry, said Keeney was a welcome applicant, given his previous experience as the former executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce.
    “We are glad to have a permanent director on the board, and are pleased we have a person with Jack’s experience,” Owens said.
    Keeney said he believes in the mission of God’s Food Pantry, and with the help of the board, employees and volunteers giving time to the pantry, they can make the organization all they want it to be.
    The pantry is a collective organization made up of churches, businesses and individuals who donate time, supplies and money. The pantry distributes food to local members of the community affected by hard times.

    July 26, 2012 1 Photo

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