• The farce of a flag in South Carolina

    The tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C., last week have left many reeling in the wake of the racist/terroristic events.

    I certainly am one of those.

    It was an event that hit a little too close to home for me.

    Some of you may know that my wife and I attended school in South Carolina. Not in Charleston, unfortunately, but in Columbia at the University of South Carolina. However, we both spent a good deal of time in the Holy City.

    It’s a unique place. We always described it as so much more.

  • MARTIN: Seeing the Derby like a first-timer

    One of the best things about living in Kentucky and near Louisville is being known for the Kentucky Derby.

    No matter where you go – nationally or internationally – the first thing people bring up when they hear that you’re from Kentucky is horse racing. Well, maybe basketball and bourbon, too, but for now let’s stick with horses.

    That’s why Derby weekend is so much fun. Thousands descend on our area for a uniquely Kentucky weekend.

  • MY WORD: A good guy is out of the lineup

    On a typical afternoon in 2013, I was sitting in my office as editor of The Sentinel-News when I was paged to the lobby, where I had “a visitor.” I arose and headed up front, expecting to be handed a photo of a large vegetable or prodigal grandchild or hear a scold from a would-be felon’s offspring.

    What I found was a face from my youth and a surge of warmth in my heart.

  • Adjust your retirement funds with age

    First, here are two corrections for the column that appeared in the Nov. 26th edition of this paper. In paragraph two of the review of Kate Balchelder’s Wall Street Journal editorial I wrote total spending in 2009 was $3.5 million. That should read $3.5 TRILLION. The second misquote is in the third paragraph. Instead of $30 Billion it should have said $30 MILLLION.

    Sorry about that.

    Let’s talk about pensions: yours and mine and how we differ from the various levels of governments.

  • Poor pollination can hold back corn crop

    Small stalks, small ears, poor kernel development… does this describe your corn crop this year? Or maybe the raccoons absconded with the crop!

    If this sounds like you there may be several factors at work. Drought at the wrong time can stunt your corn crop and cold damage can stunt corn. If you put your crop out early you could see a little stunting from a late spring cold snap. And poor drainage and poor soil fertility, especially nitrogen, can stunt the crop as well.

  • DOYLE: You'll flip over this yarn

    Many dark nights ago, my friend Walt Carpenter tricked me into riding the Rock-O Planes with him at the Shelby County Fair.

    You may recall this ride, in its day the most adventurous on the midway and hidden down in the dark northeast corner, just around from the blare and glare of those infamous hoochie-coochie shows, and cattycornered to the Octopus.

  • MARTIN: A 1st trip to the Oaks will be memorable

    Even though I grew up in Tennessee, which I’m still to this day not very happy about, I was in Kentucky quite a bit visiting family.

    However, now that I’ve been here for more than a decade, I realize how many uniquely Kentucky events I’ve missed out on.

    I still haven’t been to Mammoth Caves or the Corvette Museum. I haven’t been to the Newport Aquarium, although my wife and son have.

  • PUCKETT: Remembering Mr. T

    People who have read The Sentinel-News through the years are familiar with names of the editors, reporters and photographers. However, there are lots of people behind the scenes who have helped bring you reports about our community: those who work in management, those who sell ads, those who handle composition, those who oversee subscriptions… I know, because I called The Sentinel-News “home” for 27 years.

  • MARTIN: In a new role, it’s good to be home

    Hey Shelby County, it’s me Todd Martin, and it’s been a long time.

    I have not had a forum to tell you my thoughts since my time on the Sports Desk many years ago, but it’s nice to have this opportunity again. Although depending on who you ask, my thoughts may not run that deep.

    As many of you may know by now, I took over as Editor of The Sentinel-News a little more than one month ago, and it’s been interesting to say the least.

  • DOYLE: Friday will be our NCAA title game

    Here in ACC country, the sun is fading behind the oncoming threat of snow showers. There are tears and fear, loathing in the gloaming. Tobacco Road has rolled up its reputation and burned its hopes in the NCAA Tournament, leaving this as what ACC fans say to a Kentuckian these days:

    Louisville will be in the ACC next year.

    Yes, the Cardinals will, and perhaps the ACC would like to claim them right now, but not so fast, my friend.