• Not only did Friday mark the end to another busy week in the Kentucky Senate, it also was day 46 of our 60-day legislative session. We are now in the proverbial “fourth quarter” when the House and the Senate must come together to get a victory for the state of Kentucky by passing a responsible budget. After 10 weeks we are still awaiting a key “assist” from our colleagues in the House in the form of a budget bill that has yet to pass the lower chamber.

  • As Kentucky House leaders were putting the final touches on a proposed two-year state budget last week, legislators received not one but two reports of good economic news.
    On Thursday, state officials said that revenues have grown 4.3 percent so far this current fiscal year, all but guaranteeing a surplus with less than four months to go. The sales tax – one of the state’s major revenue sources and a strong indicator of consumer confidence – has now increased in 24 of the past 26 months.

  • By Harry Toder

    I am a college professor who teaches sociology and criminal justice, so I don't know how I find the time to think about things such as I am about to write about. But, I do, because I like to have the larger perspective on things.

  • By Lisa Williams

    Just over three years ago, husband and wife team Bob Purcell and Rebecca Wheeling answered a calling to turn a bright idea into a business.
    As independent insurance adjusters, the couple knew having someone work the phones and maps to schedule and route their appointments made their work more efficient. More importantly, those services enabled them to help people in crises get their lives back faster.

  • By Patricia Krausman

    Many new entrepreneurs are confident in the product or service they want to bring to the market, and they are confident they have the industry expertise and customer focus it takes to drive their business idea. Yet, navigating the process of starting a business gives them pause.

  • The Kentucky General Assembly crossed another mile marker this week by reaching the deadline for the introduction of new bills in the state Senate. Slightly less than 1,000 bills were filed — 309 Senate bills and 632 House bills — and probably less than 100 of them will pass. March 3 was the last day to file bills in the Senate. We will begin hearing House bills in our Senate committees in the coming weeks. As we enter the homestretch of the 2016 session, some tough decisions will need to be made, along with some compromises.

  • By Sister Mary Louise Edwards, OP
    Director of Mission Education
    St. Catharine College

    If you live in Washington County there is a good chance that your family has had some connection with the Dominican Sisters of Peace at St. Catharine. After all, the family names of some of our founding sisters: Carrico, Hill, Boone, Sansbury and Johnson are still common in these parts.

  • By Susan Crum-Cox

    I appreciate Senator Higdon’s column last week regarding Kentucky Senate Bill 1, and the impact this bill will have on education in our community.   
    One of the lesser known aspects of Senate Bill 1 affects the visual and performing arts courses offered in this county and across the state.  

  • By G. B. Dixon

  • As the Senate eagerly awaits a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, we are busy passing bills both out of committee and out of the Senate to send to our House colleagues during the eighth week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly.

  • By Dr. Chris Howlett

  • When it comes to the public’s safety and well being, consumer protection may not always grab the headlines, but that doesn’t diminish its importance.
    It was the key theme last week in the Kentucky House, which moved forward not one but four bills touching on this issue.

  • Trump is a bully
    Say goodbye to everything that makes America great and keeps our democracy working if Trump is elected. I refuse to believe that a majority of Americans could be fooled by a con artist, bully and a fascist. Oh, and Trump is unqualified to be president of anything. He’s filed bankruptcy many times and exploited his employees and committed fraud via Trump “University.” He’s an ugly, hateful American who will destroy what’s left of middle class and democracy.
    Elizabeth Wallen

  • On a scale from one to 10, what would you rate me?
    Please don’t answer that question.
    It’s a ridiculous question.
    I’m more than a number.
    And, for anyone to label me or anyone else with a specific number based on appearance is disgusting and incredibly disturbing.

  • The seventh week of the 2016 General Assembly marked the halfway point of the 60-day session. It saw the passage of an education measure to reevaluate, and possibly change, Kentucky’s academic standards in classrooms and assessments of what public school students should know.
    Senate Bill (SB) 1, a designation reserved for what’s considered the Senate President’s top priority of a session, would reexamine Common Core standards that Kentucky led the nation in adopting six years ago.

  • Voters across the Bluegrass state will vote in our first Republican caucus on March 5, which will select delegates to go to the National Republican Convention in July. Our votes will now count more than ever since we are casting our votes along with other early states.

  • By Kim Huston

    The automotive industry has not only completed its recovery from the Great Recession, but also broke light vehicle sales records in 2015. With this growth, communities in the Lincoln Trail region and across the Commonwealth are positioned to realize even greater opportunities.

  • In last week’s edition, we reported that Peggy Downs, 55, of 830 Arthur Mattingly Road in Lebanon filed to run for the District 4 school board seat, currently held by Michael Cecil. We incorrectly reported that Downs has ran for the position twice. Actually, she has only ran for the school board seat once, which was in 2008.

    On page A16 a cutline incorrectly identified a photo. The cutline said the group singing was the Bethel AME Methodist Choir. It should have said the First Baptist Church of Campbellsville.