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It was an honor to assist Mr. Dale Dobson in distributing challenge coins from the Dixie Agricultural Safety Team during last month’s Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee meeting, and of receiving the Policymaker award from the Agricultural Safety Health Council of America e…

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Today I want to turn back the pages of time to a little over a half century ago. It’s Homecoming night for Garth High School, and the mighty football Buffaloes are preparing for battle. This young boy would only be in junior high school and just in his early teens, but Homecoming weekend was…

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This coming year the Georgetown-Scott County Planning Commission will conduct its five-year review of the comprehensive plan, offering an excellent opportunity to review and expand protections for Georgetown’s historic buildings.

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No matter how persistent those claiming Kentucky doesn’t adequately fund its public education may be, they can’t escape the reality offered by the cold, hard facts in study after study on school spending.

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October was first declared the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. Since then, October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence, educate the community and urge people to become a voice for its victims.

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I have now lived in eight decades. And as I have gotten older, it has become a time of reminiscing. As I look back over the years, I ask myself “What was the greatest decade of my life?” It’s not about me; however, but rather, about life here in America. But for me, it’s even more focused on…

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When it comes to saving local newspapers, the solutions won’t be found in web metrics, ad rates or shrinking news holes. The solution, seemingly simple yet terrifying complicated, is for newspapers to reconnect with the people they’re supposed to be serving. 

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Abraham Lincoln was, perhaps, the most quoted President in our history. His jokes were legendary, and his wit was unsurpassed by anyone of his time, before or since. His quotes were timely in our nation’s most trying time in its young history. As our nation was divided over slavery, he said,…

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One of the most powerful things you can do to fight hunger is to be brave enough to have hard conversations. 

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Do you know how many states must ratify a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution before it can take effect? Or what qualifications a person must have to be nominated as a justice of the Supreme Court? How about who serves as president in the case of a vacancy of that office, th…

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Over the weekend my graduating class form Scott County High School gathered for the 10 year reunion. No, I did not attend, unfortunately, but I want to contribute to the memories with a look back. 

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There are some things you don’t learn in school. You learn them by experience. Growing up, we called these things “the school of hard knocks.” Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, spoke to a group of high school seniors a few years back.  He spoke about reality in life. My life is very …

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As I have gotten older and now have grandchildren, I often think about their future. I want it to be the best. I don’t want them to struggle. And I know we all try hard to make things better, but sometimes I wonder if we don’t make things worse. There are some things that Father Time has tau…

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The unforgiving delta variant has ravaged our commonwealth leaving no family untouched. In the first month of school, over 30 Kentucky school districts have closed their doors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Teachers, coaches and bus drivers are dying. More children are in the hospital t…

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I ran into a friend this past week who said she enjoyed reading about my boyhood days on Second Street. She was about my age and she said it brought back memories of when she was a little girl. That started a short conversation about, “Do you remember when?” 

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Awhile back I read a book by former president Jimmy Carter. Although there are many who question his politics, there are few who question his character. His work with the poor and his involvement with Habitat for Humanity are just a couple of examples of what he stands for.

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Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is now saturated with political accusations and motivations. Politics have no place in public health care issues, but that seems to be where we are.

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To say the past 18 months have been different for us could possibly be the biggest understatement ever. While far from unprecedented in history, a pandemic is something no American alive had ever experienced.

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“Let’s choose up sides.” That’s the way our baseball games began when I was a youngster growing up on Second Street. Two captains tossed a wooden Louisville Slugger bat back and forth three times to decide who chose first. On the third toss of the bat, each captain then placed fist over fist…