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January 2, 2018


'By George' includes Reporting and Columns from the Independent

ASHLAND — Today the Jesse Stuart Foundation and David Wolfford announce the release of the new book, By George: Articles from the Ashland Daily Independent. This hardbound book contains unique articles by journalist George Wolfford, reprinted from Ashland’s chief news outlet. Son David gathered his father’s reports and columns and selected the top 100 pieces that characterize Ashland, eastern Kentucky, and his father’s writing.

“David Wolfford deserves sincere praise for compiling and editing this wonderful collection of his father's newspaper articles,” says Dr. Jim Gifford, CEO of the Jesse Stuart Foundation. “By George will make an excellent addition to home and school libraries throughout eastern Kentucky.”

George Wolfford began writing for the Independent in 1958. His articles in the book include presidential visits, profiles of local celebrities, notable elections, area institutions, and Sunday columns. By George is also a great resource and record of the region, its people, and its memorable events.

“I’ve done some similar projects, but as you can imagine, this one hit close to home,” David says. “It helped me re-discover my native home, the events of the region, and my dad.”

George’s family was also involved in creating the book. They recalled, transcribed, and proofread articles. Elizabeth was involved with photos and editorial work. George II did much of the design work. Gifford’s support and Adam VanKirk’s expertise (Right Eye Graphics) made the project a reality.

Copies of the book are available at the Jesse Stuart Foundation bookstore, from the Foundation’s online catalog, and at local libraries.

“Dad’s Carter and Lawrence County history books are available from East Kentucky Press in Paintsville,” David said. “Now we have a select sample of his news reporting and columns.”

David and the Foundation thank those individuals and groups who have donated to make the project possible. Donations are still being accepted by the Jesse Stuart Foundation, 4440 13th Street, Ashland, KY 41102, 606-326-1667.

You can learn more about the book and the project at

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By George contains 100 articles in eight chapters. The book includes George’s first byline, his final column, an introduction/biography, and index. The book is hardbound, 296 pages.

Unique articles include histories of Ashland’s junior college and Fire Department; profiles of Loretta Lynn, Grayson radio personality Jim Phillips, and ACC President Bob Goodpaster; front-page obituaries of Jean Thomas, Ernie Chattin, and Ashland construction pioneer E.B. Lowman; local presidential visits by Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush, and a general history of presidential visits; institutions like Ashland Oil, Armco, Ashland Cemetery, Central Park, and Steele’s lunch counter; and tragedies like deadly fires, murder, and Hurricane Hugo.

David’s research process included brainstorming and asking family, friends, Ashland and regional leaders, and his co-workers for notable stories he covered. He also discovered many more articles just by scanning microfilm. Others were discovered in clipped collections, at the Boyd County Public Library, and elsewhere.

Some donations to facilitate the project have been made and are still being accepted by the Jesse Stuart Foundation.

A website with additional information and book excerpts is at

Several people made this book happen: fellow reporters, local leaders (mayors, police, county commissioners, judges, librarians, etc.); my mother Wanda Wolfford; my brother, George Wolfford II, who did the layout and most pre-press work; my sister Elizabeth Wolfford Ward, with photos and did editorial and photo work, and did the sketch (1991) on the Web site; sister Susan Wolfford Jackson in Houston, and my daughters Maya and Miki, also assisted in proofreading. My wife’s keen eye and spatial sensibilities enhanced the cover.

Recent Daily Independent editor Mark Maynard was a valued mentor on this project and his book, Mark My Words, served as a model. Jim Kettle and Jim Powers at the Boyd County Public Library served as instant researchers when called. Jim Gifford of the Jesse Stuart Foundation embraced the idea from the beginning. And Adam VanKirk of Right Eye Graphics served as a guide in bookmaking and put the final touches on the book.

I live in Cincinnati, teach Government and Politics to 12th graders at Mariemont High School, and have written and published some myself. I am author of United States Government and Politics: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (AMSCO/Perfection).


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December 29, 2017

East - Central Ky. Congressman Hal Rogers votes 'YES' on tax cuts...

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a historic tax reform bill for the first time in more than three decades. U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) applauded passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, which simplifies the tax code and provides tax cuts across the board.

GOP U.S. Rep Hal Rogers shakes with President Don TRUMP after the historic tax relief for corporations and the wealthy vote last week. The move is expected to spur growth in the industrial sector, Rogers says. GOP U.S. Rep Hal Rogers shakes with President Don TRUMP after the historic tax relief for corporations and the wealthy vote last week. The move is expected to spur growth in the industrial sector, Rogers says.

"As a result of this bill, Kentucky families will begin taking home an average of nearly $2,000 more in their paychecks and small business owners will have more resources than ever before to help them expand and create more jobs here at home," said Rogers, who voted for the legislation. "The House and Senate have worked closely together on this reform bill to ensure the plan eliminates costly loopholes and focuses on helping our middle class and low-income families.

...I'm proud to help advance sweeping tax reform and join President Trump in keeping this important promise to the people of southern and eastern Kentucky."

To learn more about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, visit


DECEMBER 29, 2017

2018 - Look In The Mirror

By Dr. Glenn Mollette

How did 2017 go for you? Was it a good year or a not so good year? Regardless of what happened you can't change 2017. The year is behind us and 2018 is ahead of us.

What can you do to make 2018 a great year?

Make a list of what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. Don't make it so long that it's overwhelming. Most people's list can go on and on and then it becomes a daunting task.

Here are some ideas for you.

Focus on your health. You can do almost anything if you have your health. Go to your doctor for a physical. Have blood work done. Find our what your numbers are then adjust accordingly. If your cholesterol is high or your sugar level is high you will need to exercise a little more and eat a better diet with more fruit and vegetables and less red meat. Eating less sugar will probably be a good thing for you in 2018 as most Americans eat too much sugar. I had my blood work done about four days after Thanksgiving. Everything came back good except my sugar level was 106, which is a little high. It needs to in the nineties. However, I ate at least four pieces of pie over the Thanksgiving holiday. When you go to have your blood work done don't go right after a blowout-eating holiday.

Remember if you have your health you feel like doing something. You can work hard, sell pencils, work retail, work your garden, mow your grass and enjoy life. A lot of sick people have money but they can't enjoy their money because they threw away their health. Things still happen. Our bodies are flesh and blood and you can lose your health even being a fitness nut. However, your chances are better if you at least try. Keep walking, keep moving your body, be active.

My father was actually very unhealthy in his eating habits. He was overweight and ate any and everything. He wasn't big on desserts but was big on anything fried, red meat and lots of squirrels and rabbits. He was a hunter. He made it to 85 and one of the reasons I believe he did was become he kept moving. He was out in the hills about three days before he died and shot a rabbit from his truck to eat for dinner.

Find ways to keep moving and things to keep your interest. Winter months are tougher for most Americans so be creative in your efforts to keep body and mind active.

Make and Save Money. You can't take money with you but you can enjoy it here and then leave some for your family. America's economy is coming back. There are more jobs now than we have seen in awhile. Some corporations who moved their work to other countries will bring some of their jobs back to America. Any jobs they bring back will be more than we have had the last sixteen or so years. There is work to be done in America. You might have to drive or move to another town but there is money to be made if you are willing to work. Even if you have to work two jobs you can earn a paycheck in America. Every time you get a paycheck put some money aside in your bank. Eventually buy some stock in a mutual fund or preferably an index fund. Unless you have a crisis in your life leave your saved money alone and keep adding to it. Eventually you will have enough for hard times and good times. Even if you can only save $20 a paycheck this is better than nothing and even a small amount will add up.

Pursue one or two interests in 2018. Fourteen months ago I started taking violin or I should say fiddle lessons. I enjoy it. It's something to do. I write these columns. It's something to do. I like to travel. It's something to do. I hope to write a book in 2018. It's something to do. I try to do only what I enjoy but that's not easy because not everything is enjoyable. There are some parts of life that are tedious, trying and just a pain. This is why you need to pursue a personal interest or two. Do something you want to do.

Of course there is always more. You have a closet or a garage you need to clean out. You have chores and more chores to get done and most everybody does.

Find time for God in 2018. Most Americans believe in God but spend very little time in spiritual pursuits. When all your friends have walked away and even your family and other loved ones are no longer there for you there is a friend who sticks closer than all others.

There is only one person who can make 2018 a great year for you. Go look in the mirror and look this person over.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is President of Newburgh Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana
and his syndicated column is read in all 50 states.


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