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Columns

  • Santa is real

    Do you believe in magic?
    I’ve always been a skeptic, but recently I’ve had the pleasure of spending several hours watching Santa Claus delight children at Dickens Christmas and meet and greet children on Main Street in Lebanon.
    What I witnessed was truly magical.

  • Gifts that may or may not be worth giving

    It's time for my annual attempt at a last-minute gift guide. Thankfully, for the people on my admittedly short list, I've already got everything.
    Well, except for one thing.
    OK, more than one thing.
    So, maybe I don't have all of my gifts yet — but this isn't about me. It's about helping those of you still scrambling for ideas.
    Here are my suggestions for this year:

  • Give a gift made in Kentucky

    With only about a week until Christmas, the opportunities to buy gifts is nearing a critical point for those who haven’t completed their shopping.
    If you’re among those still searching for ideas, one possible solution is to buy something produced locally. Governor Beshear, in fact, has proclaimed December to be “Give a Gift Made in Kentucky Month,” which is highlighting the artists and businesses across the commonwealth that offer something rare if not unique.

  • Shop small
  • Pre-filed bills run the gamut for 2015 legislative session

    A few weeks from now, the General Assembly will return to the Capitol as it does each January to begin a new legislative session. Since this will take place in an odd-numbered year, it will only last for 30 working days, and the first four of those will be dedicated to electing House and Senate leaders and establishing most of the chambers’ committees for the next two years. Bills and resolutions will be considered in February and March, but the state’s budget will not be one of them, since that is completed in even-numbered years.

  • Preparation is key to successful job search

    By Carter Dyson
    One Stop Director for Kentucky Career Center

  • Library offers a way to remember you past

    By Jama Watts
    Guest columnist

    One of the collections myself and our patrons love perusing in the genealogy room at the Marion County Public Library is our selection of local yearbooks. We have an array of schools available, from St. Augustine, Lebanon Junior High, Lebanon High and Marion County High School. 
    Want to see this genealogist with some ginormous hair? How about some styles from the 1970s? Can’t remember that person’s name you ran into on the street? We can help!

  • Education heading in the right direction in Kentucky

    As students near the end of the semester, they are invariably starting to think about the grades that will determine whether their Christmas break is actually a joyous one.
    For Kentucky’s educational system, our “report cards,” so to speak, have already arrived. They came earlier this fall from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a non-profit organization that has been a driving force behind education reform since the 1980s, and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

  • Get to root of conflicts with police to stop riots

    Kentucky New Era

  • Here's hoping we can all get along

    By the Frankfort State Journal

    Here’s our opinion on this day: People need to make an effort to get along at least for the month of December.
    After that, could be they’ll discover it feels pretty good, that it’s better to say nice things rather than mean things, think good thoughts instead of bad, give and not worry about getting … and it just might be something that would work in the new year, too.