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What was it like growing up on Second Street? Our playground was the fields just a couple of hundred yards down the street. One was the Bradshaw farm on Lemons Mill Road, and the other was Mr. McKnight’s farm, which had a big pond. 

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Earlier this year, the News-Graphic reported on the frightening number of local deaths due to drug overdoses. In 2018 and 2019, Scott County experienced 17 overdose deaths each year, but the number of OD deaths soared to 41 in 2020.

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Editor’s Note: This is a letter written by the CEO of Central Kentucky Landfill to Mayor Tom Prather and Georgetown city council members.

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A lady asked me some time back what it was like growing up as a little boy on Second Street. I will turn back the pages of time to when I was 12 years old until I graduated from high school. There were five of us boys that lived within a stone’s throw of each other. We were closer than broth…

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I want to take a moment to thank the Georgetown community for its tremendous support during the Concerts at Cardome in June — 15 national level performances under a 500-seat tent in just a three-week time period. Amazing.

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“You’d better water those trees and put plenty of fertilizer on them, Mister. Or they will die,” the young boy said to the old man as he continued planting a group of trees as had been his practice for several decades. The old man replied, “They don’t need water and fertilizer, boy. You don’…

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We can all agree that our current labor shortage has to be addressed if we are going to grow our economy and make a successful comeback. After all, there are more than 100,000 available jobs across our state. While some are entry-level positions, many pay far more than minimum wage and inclu…

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As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal. Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies are finally happening in person. Sporting events have fans in the stands, airports are busy, and we…

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Do you remember when?  Do you remember when you could go in the Sweet Shoppe located in the middle of the Main Street block downtown and get a Cherry Coke?  Man, they were good. There was a real soda fountain where the clerk would draw a nickel Coke from the tap and then add a squirt of cher…

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Since the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July, has been observed as a day for Americans to stand in unity and in recognition of our nation’s founding. It is on this day 245 years ago that exemplary visionaries dared to create a unique form of gove…

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Kentucky has an opportunity to tackle its infrastructure challenges head on through proposed investments in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. From the lack of clean water and reliable bridges to high-speed internet and high-quality childcare, these challenges h…

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With 200 days until we convene the 2022 regular session, we just wrapped up the third week of this year’s legislative interim with committee hearings on issues ranging from rare pediatric health conditions to economic development opportunities. I thought it might interest readers to share a …

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While we agree with the ultimate choice, we would be remissed if we did not add how disappointed we are with the school board’s lack of transparency in the process, as well as the seeming rush to reach a decision.

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The Supreme Court did something it does not ordinarily do: Issue a 9-0 decision, and in defense of religious liberty no less.

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The older you get, the more important little things become. There are lessons in life that only come with experience and age. They are called philosophies of life, and I would like to share some of these with you. They are certainly not original with me, but rather, they are thoughts that I …

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During World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, Attorney General Cameron’s Medicaid Fraud Unit and Office of Senior Protection are joining forces to raise awareness about how to protect seniors from abuse in all its forms. Whether you are the family member of an aging loved one or a senior yoursel…

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“Just keep the change.” I want to turn back the hands of time to when I was a young boy growing up here in Georgetown. Instead of a tip for service, this was how you rewarded a person for doing something extra special. Instead of a tip, it was a way of letting a person know you really apprec…

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With the first week of interim joint committee meetings behind us, I would like to share an update on the funding we approved for water projects and the expansion of broadband during the 2021 Regular Session. Last week, the Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance, Personnel…

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During Georgetown’s recent budget sessions, Mayor Tom Prather noted the city would soon end its share of funding the electrical inspection department.

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A new voting law codifying some of the temporary measures taken mid-pandemic by Republican Secretary of State Adams, the state’s chief election officer, and supported by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear represent a good-faith effort to take bipartisan advantage of COVID-19 to modernize Kentucky’…

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In April, folks from around the country celebrated Second Chance Month, an initiative dedicated to removing barriers to reentry after incarceration and showing compassion for those who are returning to our communities. April may be over but in a state such as Kentucky, we should be working e…

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In 1920, then U.S. Senator Warren G. Harding made his successful campaign for president.  It was something of a surprise to the nation, if not to Harding himself. He had hardly distinguished himself in his one term in the Senate. Even at his party’s convention, Harding did not gain a lead un…

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This past Sunday was the 103rd American Legion pilgrimage to honor the veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. It is believed to be the longest continuous pilgrimage in the United States of America. The group travels across Scott County honoring the veterans who have passed away that serve…

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For many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. The three-day weekend to start the barbecues, wear white, plan vacations and many break out Old Glory for a spin through the blustery winds of May. For some, Memorial Day is a celebration as it means a day off from work or sales events. O…

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U.N. Secretary General António Guterres urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to go “beyond the restoration of calm to start a serious dialogue to address the root causes of the conflict.” Noble idea, but don’t expect anything of the sort. 

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Over the past couple of months, I have used this column to share information with you some of the legislation we passed during the 2021 Regular Session, as well as some of the issues that our state is facing now. This week, I would like to take a break from policy and legislation to reflect …

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Despite the growing number of potholes slowing drivers on the Commonwealth’s highways following pavement-unfriendly weather this spring, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to experience smooth sailing in its ongoing practice of awarding single-bid contracts which exceed its own in…