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Opinion

  • Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc. is a private non-profit 501c3 organization that provides services to families of low income in our eight county service area – which includes Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties. Our central office is located at 332 Hood Avenue in Lebanon. The agency employees 207 dedicated persons and operates with a $10 million annual budget.  

  • NGL pipelines. We’ve all heard about them. By now, we all have our opinions about them. But no one really thinks a private company should be allowed to seize land via eminent domain for its own profit making plans. Now is the time to act!
    Neighbors? These companies are not, nor will they be our neighbors! Neighbors live on the land, not merely speculate with it.

  • I could barely see his eyes when he showed up on my doorstep.
    His long, stringy hair covered most of his face. His coat was wet and covered in mud. Parts of his body were covered with huge mounds of matted hair.
    He was very quiet, and seemed frightened. He wouldn’t let me get too close.
    I assumed he was hungry so I brought him some dog food, which he spilled all over the ground. Desperate to feed this poor animal, I found some country ham leftover from Christmas in my refrigerator, which he wolfed down as fast as I could give it to him.

  • I send my best regards to you and your family for the New Year. The holidays are behind us now, and we strive to get back into our routine with school and work. For me, Jan. 7 convened the 2014 General Assembly, a 60-day legislative session creating the next two-year budget for Kentucky. This year is loaded with issues that require legislative action as the Senate Majority strives to make pathways for economic growth and fight for fiscal responsibility.

  • The General Assembly returned to the Capitol on Tuesday this week, and it is worth taking one last look back at 2013, to review some of the issues my legislative colleagues and I have been studying in recent months.

  • While there are dozens of issues considered during a legislative session, the General Assembly’s top priority in even-numbered years is always the same: Adopt a budget to run state government.

  • Today is the first day of 2014. Make it a good one.
    With a new year comes a new start, another chance to get it right.
    We are certain all of us have some regrets from 2013. Things we did. Things we didn’t do. Things we should have done. And while we can’t turn back time, or erase any of those regrets, we have 365 days in front of us to try again. We can push the reset button, so to speak.

  • As we get ready to close out 2013, let me wish you and your family a happy New Year!
    It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 60-day legislative session that is frequently called a “budget session.” During this time, my colleagues and I will work to develop a two-year budget for state government. We will also discuss other issues important to Kentuckians, including jobs, economic development, education and health care.

  • Our schools

  • State Sen. Jimmy Higdon has submitted a survey seeking input from his constituents on a variety of issues that may come up during the next General Assembly.
    Higdon’s survey can be found elsewhere on this page. What you’ll see below are my views on those issues.
    1. Do you support pro-life legislation?

  • State Sen. Jimmy Higdon has submitted a survey seeking input from his constituents on a variety of issues that may come up during the next General Assembly.
    Higdon’s survey can be found elsewhere on this page. What you’ll see below are my views on those issues.
    1. Do you support pro-life legislation?

  • It may seem to start a little earlier every year, and it may fatten our waistlines while it thins our wallets, but there really is no time more special than the holidays.
    That is especially true here in the Commonwealth, where there is always something to do to get in the spirit of the season, from Christmas parades and concerts to numerous events at our churches, schools and state parks.

  • On Dec. 6, we heard a report on the scanner of a serious automotive accident on Danville Highway. I went to the scene and took photos. 

    Shortly thereafter, I started seeing posts on Twitter indicating that Colin Whitfill, 19, died as a result of the accident. The Kentucky State Police confirmed that in a press release about the accident.

    In our coverage of that tragedy, we included a picture of the vehicle.

  • I am the sister of Colin Whitfill, the Marion County teen who was in the  fatal car accident last week. Suffering from the sudden and tragic loss of  our brother and son is not an easy thing to be reminded of, but we do have  our good memories of Colin and those are the only reminders we need.

  • We recently had an early morning house fire scare. The house filled with smoke, and we could not find the course so we called 911. The dispatcher notified the Gravel Switch Fire Department. 

    I should add that this was the worst weather night of the season. 

    It was sleeting, freezing rain, and snowing with temperatures in the teens. They arrived promptly, took control and began looking for the source of the smoke. It was hard work because of the type of construction of our house.

  • Of all the gifts that Benjamin Franklin gave us, one of the most far-reaching has to be establishing the forerunner of our country’s public libraries.

    They have been a mainstay in Kentucky almost from the beginning, when the first opened in 1795 at what is now Transylvania University in Lexington. Some historians believe it was also the first outside of the 13 original colonies.

  • By Randy Patrick

    Landmark News Service

  • By Joberta Wells

    Landmark News Service

    I was not a pretty baby when I was born. I looked like Winston Churchill but it is my opinion that all new babies look like ol’ Winston. They don’t start getting cute until they are around 6 to 8 months old.

  • Barb’s Décor & Gifts was the winner for the best gift shop in the Best of Marion County. Pretty Please was the winner for the best home décor. An ad composed by the Enterprise incorrectly stated that Pretty Please won for best gift shop.

    Also, Shear Delite should have been referred to as Best Beauty Shop instead of barber shop.