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Columns

  • Time for the “tax talk”

    By Kaelin Reed

    It is the beginning of the school year, and we have begun to settle into our familiar fall patterns. The days are starting to get a little shorter, the morning air is beginning to feel a bit more brisk, the school buses are back on the roads carrying our children to and from school, and the Marion County Board of Education, of which I am now a member, will be convening soon to set the property tax rate for the upcoming year.

  • Taking care of our veterans

    One of the ongoing challenges our country faces is making sure our veterans receive the full benefits they have rightfully earned. Unfortunately, as we discovered during a legislative meeting earlier this month, there are still some who are either unaware of what is available or who have become mired in bureaucracy. The good news is that, thanks to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), we are making great strides in closing these twin gaps.

  • Central Kentucky Community Theatre lands the laughs

    By G.B. Dixon

  • You can make a difference with United Way

    By Kenny Fogle

  • Drive slow and let them grow

    It is a busy time of year for Kentucky families as students get back into the routine of school, and the many after-school activities get into full gear. I want to wish all the students, teachers, and school staff a great year. With each new school year come great opportunities and chances to achieve new levels of learning and great experience.

  • Paving the way for good things to come

    By Amy Morgeson
    Guest columnist

    The library parking lot will be getting a much-needed facelift with resurfacing scheduled for Friday Aug. 21 and Saturday Aug. 22. While the library building will be open for patron use on these days, parking will be limited to the Harrison Street (front side) of the building and/or use of extended parking at the Hourigan Building. Patrons will be able to gain access at the front of the building through the doors that face Harrison.

  • Unemployment insurance important for many families

    When it comes to policy, unemployment insurance may not generate as many headlines as education and public safety, but for working families dealing with the loss of a job, few programs are more important. President Roosevelt signed this safety net into law 80 years ago last week as part of the Social Security Act. Since then, it has weathered numerous ups-and-downs in the economy, but beyond the Great Depression itself, none tested the system quite like the crisis that hit the country in 2008.

  • Adult education centers drive workforce development

    By Connie Goff

    Adult education centers offer a lifeline to adults who want to expand opportunities available to them. In every county across Kentucky, adult education centers offer a number of free services such as academic instruction, GED preparation, skills training and more. By reaching adults who are underemployed, unemployed or not currently in the labor market, the centers also are key partners in developing a strong workforce.

  • An open letter to our community

    By Jerry Evans
    Guest columnist

  • Re-creation

    By Rev. Carrie Mook Bridgman

    I spent last week at Logan Martin Lake in Alabama, with an unusually large collection of family and friends: my husband and son, my father-in-law, my dad and his wife, a friend of my husband’s whom we rarely see, and three (count them, three) friends of my son’s, who is about to start his senior year in high school. Not everyone was there the whole week, but the cabin was a bit full. Luckily, the weather was good, and we spent most of our time outside when not sleeping or reading on the porch.