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Columns

  • 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.

  • Year’s top words say much about our culture

    By Chip Hutcheson
    Times Leader

    Since we’re a little more than a month away from the end of the year, it’s not surprising that some of those year-end stories are beginning to hit the news.

  • Super, super girl power

    Runner’s high: a feeling of euphoria that is experienced by some individuals engaged in strenuous running, which is associated with the release of endorphins by the brain.

    I’ve experienced the “runner’s high” more times than I can count. 

    It’s real. And it’s fantastic.

  • Centuries of life

    Last month, Village of Lebanon marked a milestone of sorts. Four of its residents have reached at least 100 years old, and two of those residents, Ethel Mae Bradshaw and Chloe Mattingly, shared some thoughts about their century on Earth.

    One hundred years ago, Woodrow Wilson was the President of the United States. Charlie Chaplin's movie "The Tramp" was released. The world's first successful blood transfusion took place in Brussels.

  • Small Business Saturday drives local shopping

     By Patricia Krausman

    University of Kentucky Small Business Development Center Director

    While the Thanksgiving Day rush for door buster deals may focus on national stores, small businesses are certainly a big part of the holiday shopping mix. 

  • Thanksgiving history with a Kentucky twist

     While the Fourth of July is understandably the most American holiday, Thanksgiving can at least lay claim to being the first.

    Its origin, as even our youngest students can tell us, began long before our independence, and we’re now just seven years away from the 400th anniversary of when the Pilgrims and Native Americans held a three-day feast.

  • Parents should share parenting

    Months ago, a concerned grandmother came to my office.
    It was a Monday morning, and I was busy, but I could tell by the distressed look on her face that she needed someone to talk to.
    She proceeded to tell me about a situation involving her son and his custody battle involving his children. The court had ruled that he could only see his children every other weekend.
    She was devastated.
    Up to that point, she had been extremely involved in her grandchildren’s lives, and she was convinced this was going to change things dramatically.