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When I first came to Somerset in 1959, there were still businesses open along Johnson's Block in South Somerset, near the railroad depot. Electric street cars no longer operated from near the depot to uptown Somerset but tracks were still embedded in Main Street along and in front of the nea…

Are you looking for a way to get involved in the community? Maybe you want to learn a new skill, gain new friends, or volunteer your time in community activities. Join the Pulaski County Extension Homemakers to make the most of your time, money, health, home, and life. You can become an acti…

The Center for Rural Development supports the implementation of the KentuckyWired infrastructure in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, and is working to close the digital divide. In doing so, this initiative encourages and fosters an improved way of life throughout the region and the state.

Your turf may be in need of a little TLC and this is the exact time of year to help your grass get ready for spring. Cool season turfgrasses like tall fescue can be helped quite a bit during August and September.

Back-to-school time is a great time to make new starts, try new things and meet new friends. Young people can do all of this through 4-H.

Oneida, Tennessee: Get outdoors and take part in the celebration of National Public Lands Day with the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on Saturday, September 26, 2020. One night of free camping has been authorized at the Alum Ford Campground as well as for all backcountry permits.

The Kentucky State Police, London Post which provides coverage for Clay, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be …

RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY - One year ago, Rita Cox was busy planning to expand and upgrade her successful Southern Kentucky daycare business into a new location and offer more services to her clients. It's a small business owner's dream come true, and Cox was living it.

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Cabbage is a leafy green, red or white biennial plant grown as an annual vegetable crop for its dense-leaved heads. It is descended from wild cabbage, and belongs to the "cole crops" or brassicas, meaning it is closely related to broccoli and cauliflower.

It's true, but almost unbelievable. A vibrant town of some 300 souls in western Pulaski County before the Civil War has disappeared without a trace.

Are you a "sugar-o-holic" or a choc-o-holic? Do you often crave something sweet? When you eat that one piece of chocolate does your body just beg for another piece until all are gone? Lots of us have these symptoms and problems, and we must learn to control our cravings for sweet. Added suga…

Recently, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture was notified of several Kentucky residents receiving unsolicited seed packets through the mail. The packets appear to have originated in China. The types of seeds are unknown and may pose a threat to Kentucky agriculture and the environment th…

Frankfort, Ky. (August 28, 2020) - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential to protect our frontline healthcare workers. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) has worked with our provider members to identify PPE suppliers and stockpiles so our…

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment a…

Friends, I ain't never seed nothin' lak hit an' your humble reporter has got a bal spot a'top my haid as big as a dinner plate.

Our farmers know that you can continue to plant crops in the fall, but new farmers may not realize that there are different seasons for growing. Pulaski County has three growing seasons: spring, summer and fall. Vegetables that grow well during the fall months and the days to maturity includ…

While the COVID-19 pandemic has cast darkness on much of the economy, for Somerset entrepreneur Jamie Fitzwater it is shining a light on an issue she's championed for some time -- the importance of local food to the supply chain.

This year unfortunately, our local county fair was cancelled because of COVID-19. For 4-H, that meant there would be no Floral Hall for youth to submit their 4-H projects to be judged and to possibly be sent on to the KY State Fair. Although it was announced later that Cloverville at the KY …

Crappie anglers from several states will travel to Lake Cumberland at Somerset, KY for a Crappie USA Tournament event presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela's. Local and traveling anglers will be vying for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2020 Crappie USA Classic which will fea…

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, almost 1 in 5 Americans experience mental health concerns each year, while more than 100 die by suicide every day. Suicide ranks as the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Now with the COVID-19 crisis, precautions introduced such as soc…

Friends, I ain't seed nothin' lak hit an' your humble reporter has got a sore place on my big toe that maks me limp lak I'm one-legged.

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Nestled on a hilltop in Tateville off Coal Bank Road in southern Pulaski County is a cemetery that for many years didn’t have a name.

With all the national news and protests about police brutality and discrimination, this reporter looks back over the many years I was a police reporter. I recall honorable men in law enforcement; their bravery in answering calls alone, without backup.

What a great time to be living in Pulaski County. We have the beautiful sunshine, the abundance of food available at the Farmers Market and Grocery Stores, and the safety of our First Responders taking care of all of us. Get out today and enjoy this freedom. And when you are driving and get …

There are nearly 50,000 new cases of oral cancer in the United States each year, accounting for 3 percent of all cancer diagnoses. Most are discovered in a dental office.

Late in the day on July 31, cucurbit downy mildew was found on cucumber (Figure 1) in south-central Kentucky. Microscopy was used to confirm presence of the pathogen, by identifying its dark sporulation on the leaf surface (Figure 2) and oval, dark gray sporangia with rigidly branched sporan…

Approximately 150,000 children are born every year in the United States affected by one or more birth defects. Although the cause of over 60% of birth defects are not known, there are things that you can do to help ensure optimal health for your baby.

If you are lucky, you probably have more tomatoes that you can eat or share right now. So, what do you do with all these tomatoes? Home Canning Tomatoes and tomato products can help you save money and gain control over what's in your food while preserving the bounty of summer for your family…

Friends, I ain't never seed nothin' lak hit an your humble reporter is needin' 'nother bath. I done a'gin to smel a little funky. The furst frost is October 12 an' after that the creek will git to cold.

Things were different then. Our reference to then is 73 years ago. We are thumbing through 1947 editions of The Commonwealth, weekly predecessor of the Commonwealth Journal.

A generation has passed since World War II ended. Memories of the Second World War lingered but a time ahead without world conflict, young men dying on foreign fields and restrictive rationing at home seem cause for optimism.

The Kentucky Governor has requested that most people need to be wearing face masks when they leave home and are going out into public places. Some local stores are also enforcing this rule, as everyone needs to be working on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. There is currently no …

Many students spend more for college than they should by making some common mistakes when seeking financial aid. Follow these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to make sure you get the help you need.

Heat stress is a problem that can affect cattle throughout the United States. However, in Kentucky and across the southeast cattle are at risk for experiencing more frequent and severe heat stress events than in other regions of the country. Heat stress occurs when cattle cannot dissipate or…

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With one Somernites Cruise in the books — and along with it, the swell of people downtown, hanging around the Fountain Square — how is the fountain doing?

Somerset Independent Schools has announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2020-2021 school year. All students will be served lunch/breakfast at no charge at the following sites:

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