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Opinion

  • The General Assembly returned to the Capitol on Tuesday this week, and it is worth taking one last look back at 2013, to review some of the issues my legislative colleagues and I have been studying in recent months.

  • While there are dozens of issues considered during a legislative session, the General Assembly’s top priority in even-numbered years is always the same: Adopt a budget to run state government.

  • Today is the first day of 2014. Make it a good one.
    With a new year comes a new start, another chance to get it right.
    We are certain all of us have some regrets from 2013. Things we did. Things we didn’t do. Things we should have done. And while we can’t turn back time, or erase any of those regrets, we have 365 days in front of us to try again. We can push the reset button, so to speak.

  • As we get ready to close out 2013, let me wish you and your family a happy New Year!
    It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 60-day legislative session that is frequently called a “budget session.” During this time, my colleagues and I will work to develop a two-year budget for state government. We will also discuss other issues important to Kentuckians, including jobs, economic development, education and health care.

  • Our schools

  • State Sen. Jimmy Higdon has submitted a survey seeking input from his constituents on a variety of issues that may come up during the next General Assembly.
    Higdon’s survey can be found elsewhere on this page. What you’ll see below are my views on those issues.
    1. Do you support pro-life legislation?

  • State Sen. Jimmy Higdon has submitted a survey seeking input from his constituents on a variety of issues that may come up during the next General Assembly.
    Higdon’s survey can be found elsewhere on this page. What you’ll see below are my views on those issues.
    1. Do you support pro-life legislation?

  • It may seem to start a little earlier every year, and it may fatten our waistlines while it thins our wallets, but there really is no time more special than the holidays.
    That is especially true here in the Commonwealth, where there is always something to do to get in the spirit of the season, from Christmas parades and concerts to numerous events at our churches, schools and state parks.

  • On Dec. 6, we heard a report on the scanner of a serious automotive accident on Danville Highway. I went to the scene and took photos. 

    Shortly thereafter, I started seeing posts on Twitter indicating that Colin Whitfill, 19, died as a result of the accident. The Kentucky State Police confirmed that in a press release about the accident.

    In our coverage of that tragedy, we included a picture of the vehicle.

  • I am the sister of Colin Whitfill, the Marion County teen who was in the  fatal car accident last week. Suffering from the sudden and tragic loss of  our brother and son is not an easy thing to be reminded of, but we do have  our good memories of Colin and those are the only reminders we need.

  • We recently had an early morning house fire scare. The house filled with smoke, and we could not find the course so we called 911. The dispatcher notified the Gravel Switch Fire Department. 

    I should add that this was the worst weather night of the season. 

    It was sleeting, freezing rain, and snowing with temperatures in the teens. They arrived promptly, took control and began looking for the source of the smoke. It was hard work because of the type of construction of our house.

  • Of all the gifts that Benjamin Franklin gave us, one of the most far-reaching has to be establishing the forerunner of our country’s public libraries.

    They have been a mainstay in Kentucky almost from the beginning, when the first opened in 1795 at what is now Transylvania University in Lexington. Some historians believe it was also the first outside of the 13 original colonies.

  • By Randy Patrick

    Landmark News Service

  • By Joberta Wells

    Landmark News Service

    I was not a pretty baby when I was born. I looked like Winston Churchill but it is my opinion that all new babies look like ol’ Winston. They don’t start getting cute until they are around 6 to 8 months old.

  • Barb’s Décor & Gifts was the winner for the best gift shop in the Best of Marion County. Pretty Please was the winner for the best home décor. An ad composed by the Enterprise incorrectly stated that Pretty Please won for best gift shop.

    Also, Shear Delite should have been referred to as Best Beauty Shop instead of barber shop.

  • I walked into a sixth grade classroom last week and I counted at least four students who I had recently watched perform on stage at Angelic Hall.
    “Isn’t that something,” I thought. These children are starring in musicals and plays in their hometown. How cool is that?
    I’ll answer that question for you - it’s very cool.

  • We find ourselves close to Christmas again, the time of year signifying an end and a beginning. An end to a year that culminates with this celebration of Christmas, and a look ahead to the new year full of promise and possibilities. 
    However, it feels like we just got up from the Thanksgiving table, with the holiday so much later in November this year. With this shorter time period between the two holidays, time is even more precious than usual, and fulfilling obligations to work, family, friends and community are more difficult, often causing more stress.

  • By Lee Ransdell

    Izu Oshima is an island that represents small town Japan. It is a community of nine thousand people living quieter lives than those in the nearby big city of Tokyo. There are no big department stores. There are no fast food restaurants. Instead, there are small family run restaurants and stores. These are places everyone goes to and runs into friends and family. Like the small towns that define Marion County, community is very important to the people of Izu Oshima.

  • Toward the end of each fall, the General Assembly’s administrative staff takes a closer look at some of the issues it thinks could be debated during the upcoming legislative session, which in 2014 begins on Jan. 7 and runs through mid-April.
    While it is too soon to say how many of the nearly four dozen topics in this year’s publication will be on the House and Senate’s agenda, this early preview nonetheless serves as a handy reference for legislators and the public alike.

  • Dog gone
    On Dec. 5, I arrived home to hear a gruesome account of a brutal killing of a beautiful Akita dog. It was blond in color and it had visited my home off and on for three days. It won my heart over in such a short time. He was a big dog but a playful pup at heart.