The General Assembly has opened its 2012 session, which means state politics are going to be unavoidable for at least a few more months.
Last Wednesday, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills took part in the Marion County Chamber of Commerce's legislative breakfast. They discussed some topics that have previously been reported in the Enterprise, such as legislation regarding pill mills, school bus advertising and redistricting.
In many ways, the Marion County Industrial Foundation is a mystery. For decades, a collection of local business leaders and public officials have met regularly to help design an economic development strategy for our community.
Nevertheless, what the foundation does has been unclear to many of us. The foundation provides oversight over the Marion County Economic Development Office, but unlike the Lebanon City Council or the Marion County Fiscal Court, the industrial foundation is not considered a public agency, at least, not in the eyes of the law.
If you're like me, you enjoy watching movies. I love to watch some of my favorites when there's nothing else on TV.
My wife and I have passed this pleasure on to our son, who at 14 years old enjoys many movies that were made when he was very young, or even before he was born.
Through the years, the U.S. Patent Office has approved some pretty odd inventions. A mustache guard may have been useful 100 years ago - and its heyday may be coming around again. The toothbrush bracelet and bunny-shaped syringe have a comprehensible, if dubious, logic behind them. Meanwhile, I'm flabbergasted why the robot lunchbox never caught on.
On behalf of Kentucky Classic Theatre, I wish to show my appreciation to the people of Lebanon, Springfield and surrounding areas for their generous support of the melodrama "Lovely in Danger." It is not trite, nor insincere to admit that the show owed its success to this truly welcoming community and the help of many in it.
"Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the whole community, and not for the private interest or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government area perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all the other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right out to reform the old, or establish a new government."
My 5-year-old son might quite possibly be Jimmy Fallon's youngest fan.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Fallon, he is a 37-year-old actor, comedian, singer, musician and television host. He hosts Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a late-night talk show that airs Monday through Friday on NBC. He was also a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998-2004, and he recently hosted SNL's Christmas episode. He's also appeared in several films.
I hope this survey finds you and your family happy and healthy!
In January, both houses of the General Assembly will meet for a 60-day legislative session. My colleagues and I will be developing a two-year budget for state government as well as looking at other important issues, such as jobs and economic development, education, and Kentucky's roads and highway planning.
She has already established herself as one of the premier athletes to come through Marion County High School, but she solidified her place in the school's athletic history by becoming the all-time leading scorer.
Epps reached this milestone during the championship game of the Mercer Titan Christmas Clash on Dec. 30. The Lady Knights junior point guard surpassed Marlis Scott's record of 2,062 career points in the second quarter of the contest.
I used to say it was too late to go Christmas shopping if you were seeing Ronco products on television. Since Ronco seems to have disappeared I've decided the shopping cut-off date now is when you start seeing Chia articles. I've already seen Chia cat grass containers, Chia herb garden containers, and even a President Obama Chia. That's just not right! That is NOT a hoot.
As the 2011-12 Marion County Friends of the Library president, I would like to tell you a bit about our group. The FOL was established in 2005 to assist the Marion County Public Library in promoting reading, providing programs for our local community and raising funds to help pay for those programs.
The Cardinal Den was as busy as Santa's workshop Thursday evening, at least for a little while.
Presents were being wrapped and sorted. Gifts for girls went to one table, gifts for boys to another. Chairs and tables were rearranged in anticipation of the arrival of children and a special guest, Santa Claus.
The kids showed up first, trickling in one, two, three, four at a time with their parents and grandparents. How many children? We aren't sure. We lost count somewhere around 50.
The Elf on the Shelf... If you haven't heard of this Christmas phenomenon yet, you soon will.
Many of you already have an elf at your home. And, if you don't, well, there are some parents out there who would say you should consider yourself lucky. Apparently, there are some parents who don't particularly like having the "responsibility" of a little elf in their home.
Look in your medicine cabinet. Take a peek in your glove compartment. Glance at your kitchen counter.
You may not realize it, but you could be looking at one of the biggest drug problems facing Marion County and Kentucky.
When used carefully and correctly, prescription pills can go a long way toward treating a lot of medical issues. Unfortunately, it doesn't take much for a medical treatment to turn into chemical dependency.
We still have other drugs in our community, but prescription pills have become the biggest concern for local law enforcement.