• Ladies First

    The Marion County Lady Knights have had quite a ride during the past four years.
    Four straight trips to the Sweet 16.
    Three trips to the final four.
    Two consecutive state finals appearances.
    And one perfect season, ending with the first girls basketball state championship in Marion County history.
    It’s hard to know where to begin in recounting this team’s success.
    They finished the season 39-0 becoming the first unbeaten Kentucky girls team since Marshall County in 1984.

  • History is the future


  • Guest editorial: Poor voter turnout

    By The Courier-Journal

    Last Wednesday, the day Americans woke up to the results of Tuesday's midterm elections, was also a day of great historical significance in the United States.
    It was on Nov. 5, 1872, that voting rights campaigner Susan B. Anthony made history by casting a ballot on election day in Rochester, N.Y., though women had no legal right to vote. That act of defiance resulted in her arrest.

  • Guest editorial: Campaign signs might look good in a bonfire

    By The Kentucky New Era

    There are so many reasons to be thankful for autumn in Kentucky. The brilliant landscape of yellow, orange and red trees. A merciful end to those humid summer days that feel like steamy soup hanging in the air even after sundown. Chili suppers, school festivals and the anticipation of Thanksgiving.

  • Editorial Cartoon: National Newspapers Week
  • High on the Hog

     It’s a tradition for this newspaper to write an editorial the week after Marion County Country Ham Days to praise the Chamber of Commerce and the countless volunteers that make the annual fall festival such a huge success.

    And, each year, it seems the festival continues to grow.

  • Taking a leap of faith

    By Matt Overing
    Summer intern

    I have always looked up to my brother, but don’t tell him that.
    Four years ago, he was getting hitched. He, at 21, had a full-time job, a fiancé and a dog. He knew what he wanted to do with his life.
    I graduated from Boyle County High School in 2010, and had no idea what I wanted to be or do with myself. I chose the University of Kentucky and selected political science as my major. It felt like an easy option, but I was lost. I didn’t know what I wanted.

  • House GOP strikes blow for inequality; Barr calls food aid cuts 'compassionate'

    From the Lexington Herald Leader

    House Republicans are right to be outraged that 14 percent of American households are on food stamps, but they're outraged for the wrong reason.
    The plight of so many Americans — including the 1 in 5 Kentuckians who depend on food stamps — stems from the worst economic inequality on record.

  • Kentucky shortchanges public education; study shows how funding falls short

    From the Lexington Herald Leader

    Gov. Steve Beshear and many lawmakers have consoled themselves with the soothing fiction that, despite deep cuts in everything from child care to State Police, Kentucky weathered the Great Recession without cutting basic state support for public schools.
    While that might be technically true, the real-life effect of years of flat appropriations, while costs grew, is a decline of almost 10 percent in per-student funding from fiscal 2008 until this year.

  • State must help court system carry out justice

    Prior to the mid-1970s, Kentucky’s judiciary looked nothing as it does today. There were nearly 1,000 courts back then, with many often having overlapping jurisdictions, and there was only one high court to handle all appeals.  In a word, it was inefficient.