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Opinion

  • Marion County citizens have waited for too long for enhanced 911, and it still may be years before E911 is in place.

    But last week, we took one small step closer to the finish line.

    On April 19, county and city officials met with representatives of MapSync and the Lincoln Trail Area Development District. MapSync and LTADD have been hired by the city and the county to complete the mapping and addressing that is necessary for the county to be eligible for E911.

  • By Keisha Mathies

    Guest Columnist

     

  • By Donna Carman

    Landmark News Service

     

    There was a time in years gone by if a teacher had told students to “oink” at a classmate in hopes of shaming him into cleaning up his messy desk, nothing would have been said about it. It may even have been funny, and may have accomplished what the teacher hoped.

  • It's been more than 10 years, but I can still see her face.

    Her name was Megan.

  • This year, the United States will mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. While we as a nation will commemorate this event, I hesitate to call it a celebration considering more Americans were killed in that conflict than in both World Wars combined.

  • Childhood is supposed to be an age of innocence, but for too many in the Commonwealth it's a time of suffering. In 2009, a report revealed that Kentucky led the nation in the number of children who die as a result of abuse and neglect. Statistics show that every minute in Kentucky, two children are victims of abuse that can leave emotional and physical scars that last a lifetime.

  • As Circuit Clerk of Marion County, I have seen Marion County residents support the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks' Organ Donor Awareness Program. April is National Donate Life Month, and it is a reminder that organ donation truly is the gift of life to a recipient in need. Every day 17 people die waiting for an organ transplant. The medical miracles that are modern transplants would not be possible without the gift of organ donation.

  • I'm Katy Smith and I'm doing a fourth grade state project. I was dying for Kentucky, and I got it! I can't wait to learn more about The Bluegrass State!

  • By Lisa Tolliver

    Landmark News Service

     

    I haven’t done my taxes yet.

    It’s April 10 and time is ticking down. But I’m not in panic mode yet. I still have a week and a day — that’s a lifetime. Since April 15 is on a Friday this year, the tax deadline has been extended until April 18. I’m not sure the reason behind the extension but I’ll take it. 

  • Imagine getting up earlier on a beautiful day and going somewhere where everyone is excited and in a great mood. The atmosphere is uplifting, knowing you are about to do something fun that is also wonderful for your health. The sense of accomplishment that you will feel at the end is amazing! And anyone can do it! 

  • "A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece." - Ludwig Erhard 

     

    Monday night the Lebanon City Council and the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission made a compromise that, for now, has postponed the council's decision to eliminate the city's restaurant tax.

  • March 10, 2003, was the most important date in the history of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    April 11, 2011, may just be the second most important.

    In 2003, Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw broke a tie that allowed the commission to be created. On Monday, the city council could take a step that will effectively end that commission.

  • “Hey, momma. Wanna race?”

    It’s a question my four-year-old son, Owen, is asking me constantly these days.

    It doesn’t matter if we’re in the hallway of our house or waking into school - Owen wants to race!

    And, he gets it naturally.

  • On March 25, KFEA (Kentucky Festivals and Events) was in Lebanon for a mini convention. I would like to say that the Lebanon Tourism and Chris Hamilton was great to work with. Chris was so helpful bringing our mini convention to Lebanon. He made sure all the details were taken care of.  

    He was a speaker that day and did a wonderful job. Lebanon has a great person representing them. Chris is doing a great job.   

  • On Friday, March 25, the Kentucky Festivals and Events Association board and guests were hosted by the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission at its “Spring Meet.” The support of the tourist commission and in particular, Chris Hamilton and his assistant, Carla Wagner, in the planning and execution of this event was phenomenal.It was a tremendous factor in the great experience enjoyed by all in visiting Lebanon.  

  • Last week, I reported that both the House and the Senate voted for a responsible approach to resolving the Medicaid budget shortfall. Unfortunately, late Friday, the Governor vetoed all the key accountability provisions and is now left with an open checkbook combined with an unlimited credit card funded with your tax dollars.