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Opinion

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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

  • Each fall, not long before Thanksgiving, the General Assembly's administrative staff offers an in-depth look at some of the issues it believes could be debated during the legislative session that begins each January.
    The report comes from the 15 main committees that vote on legislation, and while no one can predict what ultimately will become law, this analysis gives us a better idea of what may need to be addressed.

  • "The hero."
    I got goose bumps every time I heard those two words Saturday during Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes' funeral.
    Anytime an officer referred to Deputy Rakes, he or she wouldn't say his name. Instead, they would say, "the hero."

  • In last week's edition, a photo misidentified the Glasscock Elementary School "Mallet Madness" group as the West Marion Elementary School Choir.

  • Marion County is reeling.
    On Saturday,  we said goodbye to Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes, who was killed in the line of duty early Nov. 14. Rakes was living a lifelong dream of working in law enforcement.
    Rakes' death would be enough to leave us saddened, but his death was one of a string of tragic events that have plagued our county over the last two weeks.

  • By John G. Mattingly
    Marion County Judge/Executive

    There is no way to make it right, you can't explain it, a senseless act of violence will change a community like no other event. The tragic death of Deputy Carl Anthony Rakes last week shocked the Marion County community to its very core. It is a shame that it takes a real tragedy to bring a community together. Marion County showed how much they can and do care about their fellow citizens, and especially those who seek to protect them on a daily basis.

  • This week, as we turn our focus to family, food and - for some - football, now is the ideal time to pause for a moment to recall all for which we are thankful.
    At the state level, the good news is that some silver linings have begun to shine through after several especially tough years.
    The 12 months between Sept. 2011 and 2012, for example, saw Kentucky add 47,000 jobs - our highest year-to-year total since 2000. Only South Dakota had a larger percentage increase during the same 12-month period.

  • A story in the Nov. 7 print edition of the Enterprise should have read that Ronnie Ray Stutes, a recent escapee from Marion Adjustment Center, stole a vehicle in Bardstown, was accused of participating in a bank robbery and was arrested in Louisville. The print edition incorrectly reported that another escapee William Paul Monroe had taken the vehicle . Monroe was captured in Harlan County prior to Stutes escape.

    A photo in the Oct. 31 edition of the Enterprise misidentified Kendell Johnson.

  • Over the last two decades, Kentucky has built a national reputation for its willingness to blaze new paths when it comes to education. Early this month, we took another major step forward with the release of the latest round of school accountability scores.