Jobe Regional Features

LEGENDARY LOCALS: Wes Strader, 1938-2018

By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc. When Charles Wesley Strader graduated from Hiseville High School in 1955, the school yearbook included a prophecy for 10 years down the road: that he would have finished college, become a coach at Western, and would become as widely known as Coach E.A. Diddle. In reality, Strader…

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MY KENTUCKY: Flying high with Willa Brown

By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc. While she is one of the most influential Kentuckians of the 20th century, Glasgow native Willa Beatrice Brown is unfortunately one of the least known. Born in Glasgow on January 22, 1906, Brown became the first African – American woman to earn a commercial pilot’s license in…

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TRISTAN HURT: Investing in his community

By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc. Park City native Tristan Hurt is fully invested in the local community he believes is a great place for a young professional. “Larger cities are busier and that draws some people who want to be in those areas but for me, they may even be too busy.…

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MY KENTUCKY: Emancipation from Illiteracy

By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc. Kentucky educator Cora Wilson Stewart devised a way “to emancipate from illiteracy those enslaved in its bondage” when she conceived the first “Moonlight School” in 1911. A novel idea, Stewart created a learning opportunity for Kentucky adults who could not read or write by holding evening classes…

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DIRT ROAD DIARIES: Barns and Outbuildings

By Clinton Powell Jobe Publishing Contributor The buildings on a farm generally have specific purposes. Usually there are at least a couple of large barns along with several outbuildings or sheds. One of those outbuildings is generally a chicken coop. These vary in size depending upon how many laying hens are owned. The inside walls…

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BETSY ANN TRACY: Finding her calling

By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc. Growing up on a Barren County dairy farm, Betsy Ann Tracy developed a wide range of skills, a work ethic, and a love for her community. She didn’t realize just how much her community would rally to support her until she was diagnosed with cancer at age…

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MY KENTUCKY: Women head to the voting booth

By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc. On January 6, 1920, Kentucky became the 23rd state to officially ratify the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution giving women the right to vote. The Commonwealth’s new governor, Edwin P. Morrow, had been in office less than thirty days when he signed the bill ratifying…

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JAMIE HOUCHEN: The Peaceful Warrior

By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc. On September 16, 2016, Jamie Houchen came to a conclusion: her life wasn’t worth living. However, she awakened the following morning and decided to change her life. “I thought ‘I have to love myself.’ That meant I had to stop killing myself with food,” Jamie recalls. At…

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COMMENTARY: Here’s to Hope in the New Year

By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc. Another year is about to come to an end. As is the case each and every year, there are mixed feelings all around. For those whose happy moments and accomplishments reigned supreme, it was a good year and one to remember. For the rest, whose year included…

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BRANDON STROTHER: Finding the best of both worlds

By Sam Terry Managing Editor Jobe Publishing, Inc.   Armed with a brand-new degree in Financial Management and a Certificate in Financial Planning from Western Kentucky University, Brandon Strother headed to Nashville to begin his career. A cum laude graduate of WKU and a member of Beta Sigma Gamma, an academic honor society for excellence…

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