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Opinion

  • At a recent Homeland Security meeting I heard about the “If you see something, say something” campaign. The initiative was created to encourage people to report suspicious activity in their community.

  • Impressed with Turtleman
    The day I met the Turtleman was absolutely the best day of my life. I’ll have to admit I was very skeptical at first. So many people I have met have let me down.
    But I can assure you he is the real deal. He reminds me so much of my dad, who died when he was 49. I have not found anyone I have fully trusted or loved so much since then. He loved the outdoors and was the best role model a kid could have.

  • By James Spragens, guest columnist

  • The Gravel Switch Fire Department is going through some big changes.
    Recently, the leadership of the department has changed, with Kevin Rogers taking over as chief and Jamie Garrett taking over as assistant chief. They replace former chief Larry Vaughn and his assistant chief Vincent Tungate.
    The Gravel Switch community has also created a new advisory council to provide oversight and assistance to the fire department.

  • As we put another school year behind us – and as parents wait for the inevitable cries of “I’m bored” in the not-too-distant future – now is a good time to take a closer look at all of the good things going on academically.
    Over the long term, perhaps the best news came out of a 2012 Harvard study, which showed Kentucky tying for fifth among the states when measuring the gains our students have made over the last 20 years in math, reading and science.

  •  We’ve all heard the quote, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."

    But, as most of us have learned, words can hurt. They can hurt us deeply. They can hurt much more than a slap in the face or a punch in the gut. They can hurt our spirit. They can hurt us to our core.

  •  A business brief for Sherry Nalley, which ran in a recent edition, failed to mention that her new hair salon, Fanatix in Loretto, is also open on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Attorney Greg Simms name was spelled incorrectly in a story in last week’s edition.

  • By Menla Marlowe

    I have pondered for a couple of weeks as to whether I should comment on an issue close to my heart, but with the announcement of Chuck Hamilton's sudden retirement, I feel I need to speak up. 

  • Here in Kentucky, there are children living in deplorable conditions in their own homes – victims of child abuse and neglect. Sometimes we hear their stories when it’s too late. Other times, they are rescued because a concerned family member or neighbor reports the suspected mistreatment and the children are removed from these homes.

    When removed, where do these children go? Is there a warm bed, a good meal and a loving family that awaits to comfort them after their ordeal? Because of parents around Kentucky, there is. 

  • For nearly 150 years now, our nation has set aside a day to remember those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom.

    It is perhaps fitting that Memorial Day, which traces its roots to the Civil War, was itself the source of conflict for so many years. It is believed to have begun in the South, when Confederate widows decorated not only the graves of their loved ones but also those of Union soldiers, knowing their families were grieving as well.

  • By Mary Lou Brock

  • The streets of Lebanon are stained with different colors from Saturday’s Color in Motion 5K. It’s likely many Kentuckians, including hundreds of Marion Countians, are also sporting some colorful residue on different parts of their bodies after participating in the fun event. Heck, some of our four-legged friends probably have some colorful coats, too, after tagging along during the 3.1-mile route, which included color stations where runners were doused with red, orange, purple, green, blue and yellow powdered paint.

  • Background checks for bus drivers

  • Kentucky has gotten a lot of attention over the years when it comes to finding innovative ways to govern.  Our education reforms of the 1990s were hailed as national models, for example, and we are the only state to permanently dedicate half of our annual tobacco settlement payments to agriculture, a move that has played a key role in the industry’s record sales in recent years.

  • Marion County Superintendent Chuck Hamilton’s retirement announcement took me by total surprise last week as I sat, stunned, in the meeting room at the board of education following a mere two-minute executive session Thursday evening.
    All I could do was shake my head in pure disbelief.

  • No matter when spring falls on a calendar, it doesn’t feel like it truly hits its stride until the first Saturday of May, when the greatest two minutes in sports sends another Kentucky Derby winner into the history books.

  • A photo in last week’s edition should have read that Anne-Michelle Hughes, Ja’Kell Johnson and Aundaria Brown performed with the fourth grade during the Glasscock Elementary School student showcase on April 16.

    A story is last week’s edition should have said the Lebanon Main Street Committee is hosting a meeting at 8 a.m. May 8 on the third floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.
     

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