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Opinion

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  • Denise Fogle has proudly served as a councilwoman for the City of Lebanon since 2008. However, Monday, when her fellow council members renewed their oath of office, she was forced to resign.

    Why?

    Retirement, or more specifically, because of the regulations governing the Kentucky Employees Retirement System.

    Confused? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one.

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    History was made in the City of Loretto Friday evening.

    For the first time ever, Loretto had a Christmas parade.

    And, I have to admit, when I left the office to drive to Loretto Friday evening I didn╒t have high expectations. The parade had been organized rather quickly, and I thought it would be a low-key, small affair.

    Boy, was I wrong.

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    By Delena Trent

    Last year, one of our staff members at The Caring Place asked a 7-year-old boy what he wanted for Christmas. He said, "I already have it. A safe place to stay."

    A young mother wondered if she had done the right thing in leaving her abuser so close to the holidays. When asked why she said she didn╒t know how she was going to buy her two children what was on their Christmas list for Santa.

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    Without question, Marion County has had more than its fair share of bad news as of late. But, this past week has been a reminder to us of the many good things, and the many good people who live in our community.

    Maria Bell has continued a tradition started by her father, the late Henry Lee Bell, by organizing and hosting a Thanksgiving meal at Centre Square for anyone in the community. We also know volunteers and donations from the community make this possible.

  • By Jasmine Benningfield and Brianna Mattingly

    Do you have what it takes to run a 5K?

    We do! We are GOTR girls.

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    Editor’s note: Dudley Friend Adle Jr., who ran unopposed for the constable, sent the following letter to Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding in light of the Marion County Fiscal Court’s recent decision to require him to post a $2 million surety bond.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court met on Nov. 15 to discuss the constable position in District E. At that meeting they concluded that a surety bond of $2,000,000  would be required for the position of constable in District E.

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  • Earlier this summer a Public Pensions Task Force began meeting to discuss possible solutions to the unfunded liability in the Kentucky retirement system.  After several months of consideration and discussion with local and national experts, we approved an eight-point proposal outlining suggestions to put Kentucky's public retirement system back on sound financial footing.
    We looked at ways to pay down the pension debt, provide immediate relief to cash-strapped budgets and create a new pension system that is sustainable and secure.

  • When I was leaving Saturday evening's performance of "The Desperate Director" at Angelic Hall, spectators said watching the play was much better than sitting at home clicking through the channels on the television.
    I agree.
    Unfortunately, too few people took advantage of the live entertainment this past weekend right here in our hometown.

  • If you all hear about someone losing a piece to a Jazzie mobility  scooter, I found it on US 68 between Lebanon and Gravel Switch.
    I have it in my possession and would gladly return it to its rightful owner.  
    C.A. Roller Sr.
    Stanford
    clarence1946roller@att.net