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Opinion

  • The recent reorganization of the middle schools in Marion County may turn out to be a good idea. It makes it possible to balance the student numbers and possibly offer more elective courses. There are probably other improvements made possible by this new arrangement. Good creative leadership here!
    The need to reassign teachers is inevitable, and even though it is upsetting, it is just part of the job and is needed to best serve the students. Hopefully, this will better prepare our students for the future.

  • The Stars and Stripes have long represented the values and history of the United States, but oftentimes we do not know or fully understand how to respect “Old Glory’s” presence. On June 14, 2017, we celebrate the annual Flag Day to honor our nation’s emblem. In light of that holiday, Memorial Day, and the quickly-approaching Fourth of July, I thought it relevant to share some of the United States’ tradition, regulations, and laws pertaining to the American flag, all of which can be found in various government publications.

  • By Ricky Dale Calhoun, PhD
    Guest columnist

  • By Lisa Boone

    When the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox metropolitan statistical area ranked as the No. 1 MSA for start-up growth in the country, I couldn’t have been prouder of what that means for our region. The ranking speaks volumes for the entrepreneurial culture that has developed in our area, and a vital tool in developing that culture is providing aspiring business owners ongoing access to valuable resources.

  • Good, bad or ugly, my job is to report the news.
    And, the news isn’t always good. And it’s not always pretty.
    Sometimes it’s upsetting, depressing and downright frightening.
    Take last week’s edition of the Enterprise, for example.

  • A constituent of mine recently brought to my attention that too often we let the discussion about Kentucky’s drug scourge fall by the wayside. Admittedly, I believe that happens because no one has a good solution to the problem and although we have made effort after effort to combat the epidemic we still have little to show for it. In 2015, Kentucky’s heroin-related death rate increased to 6.9 deaths for every 100,000 people — 23 times the rate in 2009.

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed
     
    As we celebrate Memorial Day, it is important that we take some time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives for this great nation. The brave men and women who took the fall for our freedom are owed far more than we could ever be repaid.

  • While Memorial Day weekend is a wonderful time for gathering with family and friends for picnics, pool parties and parades, I write to you with the annual reminder not to forget the true meaning of the event. Memorial Day is a time to remember the brave men and women who have put it all on the line so that we may live in freedom in the greatest nation in the world.

  • By Sherry Murphy

    Earlier this month, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet released its annual report Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry. Tourism has long been an important job creator in Kentucky, and as the report revealed, those opportunities are growing across the state. Tourism-generated jobs provided more than $3.2 billion in wages to Kentucky workers in 2016—an increase of more than $156 million from 2015 wages.

  • Over a month has passed since the conclusion of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, but my work as your senator has not slowed. Between answering your well thought-out letters and phone calls, I have been visiting with constituents in our district and listening to your concerns and preparing to discuss many of those topics during the interim.

  • Applause! Applause! Give the Marion County road crew a big hand! They do an outstanding job of spraying road right-of-ways at the appropriate time to control weeds. They recently sprayed along Short Line Pike before broad leaf weeds like poison hemlock go to seed.

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed

  • By Carter Dyson

    Your careful research, resume, cover letter and application have paid off. You’ve landed an interview for the job you want. But your outlook has shifted from excitement to apprehension as you think about coming face to face with a hiring manager who will judge your skills, your experience, your attire and even your handshake.

  • Support The Caring Place this Mother’s Day
    As this Mother’s Day approaches, we plan to celebrate as we remember the abundant and unconditional love our mothers unselfishly gave throughout our childhoods. Whether they are with us or have passed on, we can look back and remember what they taught us about life.

  • Honeysuckle bush is invading county
    The invasion has started! Please help fight back and save our county.
    Have you heard about the worse environmental invader now coming our way – bush honeysuckle? Drive around metro areas in early spring and you will find how this bush has taken over the landscape. It is first to leaf out in spring and creates a thick shade bush up to 12 feet tall.

  • This column is being written and published specifically for the jerks that continue to vandalize the Scott’s Ridge lookout. It’s also for anyone who knows them. I’d like you to relay this message to them because I’m certain the delinquents who are trying to spoil one of the most beautiful views in Marion County don’t read a newspaper.
    Anyone who has attempted to ruin the splendor of the Scott’s Ridge lookout should know – you’re being watched.
    And, when you’re caught, you will be prosecuted.

  • Marion County is blessed with so many incredibly talented children.
    Last week, I was fortunate enough to see many of them in action.