A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Casey County native achieves success through perseverance in the face of life’s many obstacles

Casey County native April Polston could never have imagined the year she turned 30 would also be the year she would become a widow and find herself the sole provider for her two boys. Polston, now 31, said although last year was difficult, giving up never crossed her mind. Instead, she pushed ahead in her college coursework and became more determined than ever to succeed. Polston married her high school...

Everyday Heroes: Animal rescuer Russell Vassallo has said his piece … and found peace

This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes.” Russell lives with his wife, Virginia, in Casey County continues to write and watch out for critters who come his way.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   It was the year 2000 and the dark clouds of chronic depression hovered around Russell Vassallo.   It was understandable,...

Good Eats: Don’t ignore the buzz about honey – nature’s sweetener is good and good for you

  Last week I wrote about sugar, sweets and some of the negative effects (see here). This week, let’s look at a positive – and my very favorite – sweetener!   I grew up on a farm in rural Casey County, Ky., where my grandfather raised bees. It was a huge treat when it came time to go get the honey. He would use an electric knife to shave the combs off their frames, and my cousin...