•  By John G. Mattingly


    For the last three years, since leaving the Marion County Judge/Executive office, I’ve been involved with the Tri-County United Way serving Marion, Nelson and Washington counties. This relatively new charitable organization has expanded its annual allocations to $200,000 to 35 different 501(c)3 organizations this 2018 grant year. These agencies serve our most vulnerable citizens - hungry children, low income senior citizens, victims of domestic violence, rehab services - the needs are great!

  • The word library is defined as being: a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to. "A school library" Please note I found that definition online, via the Google search engine. Not a book. Please note that the definition of a library didn’t even include the word computer as a resource. Please note this did not refer to a “public” library. More importantly, free, public library.

  •  Summer is coming to a close, and the children of Kentucky are loading up their backpacks with school supplies as another year of learning approaches. I want to wish both students and faculty good luck on what I’m certain will be a successful school year.

  • The American Legion Post No. 49 in Lebanon is sponsoring an Honor Flight. This flight provides free travel for World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials established for them.

    The Honor Flight is free to the veterans but this wish cannot be fulfilled without contributions from outside sources. The donations will only be used for the benefit of the veterans.

  •  Crum creates artwork for cancer center

    Mimi Crum is a woman who has survived breast cancer twice. When she decided that it would be fun to walk in the Kentucky Oaks Parade in recognition of the battles fought by women like herself in May 2018, her many admirers voted her “in” on her first try. She had a great time in spite of weather and wardrobe “malfunctions.” This is the kind of person who finds good in places where others might struggle.

  •  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and had a good time celebrating our nation’s independence earlier this month. A recent article caught my interest in The Washington Post about leisure reading in the United States. I wanted to share it with my constituents:

    Leisure reading in the United States at an all-time low

    The share of Americans who read for pleasure on a given day has fallen by more than 30 percent since 2004, according to the American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  •  One hundred years ago this month (August of 1918) during World War I, the United States Army leased 20,000 acres of property in the area of Stithton, Kentucky, a small farming community in Hardin County. Chosen for its high ground and proximity to the railroad, the Army later acquired the land along with parts of Meade and Bullitt counties and named it Camp Knox, in honor of General Henry Knox, Chief of Artillery in the Revolutionary War and first Secretary of War.

  • I don’t have a blood-related sister, but I was raised alongside the neighbor girl who is my same age and who was in almost every class with me from kindergarten to high school. Every single major milestone of my life, she’s been there. Prom, breakups, we even graduated from college on the same day and had a joint party. The only way I can possibly describe her is as my sister.

  • I have reviewed Judge Phillip Shepherd of the Franklin Circuit Court’s opinion that was released on June 20. I have respect for the judiciary, but I fully expect this opinion to be expedited straight to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The judge’s decision pertained to Senate Bill (SB) 151, but his ruling calls into question a number of bills passed last session. Most notable is the state budget and a bill capping the percentage of payments due by local governments on increased pension payments.

  • In last week’s edition, a story stated that Shane Wright, who was reported missing, was located in jail. Actually, he was located by Falmouth Police Department on July 6 and arrested on outstanding warrants. He was then lodged in the Pendelton County Jail.

  • “Video games are the modern-day version of playing catch.”

    I read that quote recently, and while I hate to admit it, I know it’s true.

    I have a soon-to-be 12-year-old son. ‘Nough said, right?

  • Recently, I reflected on memories of a great young man, Andrew Cecil. He attended University of Louisville and majored in political science. He was a hardworking and dedicated “A” student. He never complained even though he was fighting cancer at the same time he was attending UofL. He was taking the last class he needed to graduate but could not finish due to his declining health. He withdrew from the class and a short time later he lost his battle with cancer. He died in October of 2011 at age 25.

  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the values on which our great nation was founded. Written in the Declaration of Independence, these words ring true for all Americans and have held fast for more than two centuries. Ratified on July 4, 1776, the Declaration has long been held in the hearts of the American people as a source of hope and inspiration to protect the freedoms we hold so dear.

  • As an editor, even in a small town like Lebanon, I’m sure you feel pressure in a day when journalism is being mercilessly attacked and a Maryland newsroom becomes a shooting gallery.

    We citizens are counting on professionals like you to continue fighting for truth, justice, and the American way! We need ethical journalists all over the country now more than ever.

  • The new Lincoln Trail Youth Academy is offering a summer job like no other. It’s an opportunity for young adults to explore local careers in high-demand fields, gain work experience and learn the job search and soft skills they need for long-term success. 

    Plus, they’ll earn $9 per hour for their time spent at a workplace or in a classroom. 

  • I can’t stop thinking about a 5-year-old little boy named José.

    José and his father recently fled the violence in Honduras and ventured to the United States, where they were separated at the border. José’s father was arrested and sent to a detention facility, and José was flown to a foster home in Michigan. 

  • I would just like to commend Marion County School Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and the Marion County Board of Education for allowing St. Augustine students to participate in athletic events with their schools. This decision will now allow our students to play and engage with other students in the county and elsewhere as they grow both academically and athletically in these formative years. It is great to partner with Marion County schools as we all want the best for the students in this county.

    Paul Terrell

  • The following words come from the Smithsonian Magazine (May 2018). 

    “Why were Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, and Theodore Roosevelt chosen for Mount Rushmore?” (Jacob Gulyon-Overlook, Pennsylvania).