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As a direct result of Gov. Andy Beshear’s shutdown orders, nearly half of Kentucky’s workforce has filed for unemployment insurance since March. As we reach the end of June, tens of thousands of Kentuckians who have filed jobless claims still have yet to receive the money they were promised …

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Across the nation, the coronavirus has highlighted issues in our food supply chain, our reliance on foreign countries for medical supplies, and the difference between strong, data-driven leaders and weak ones. But for Kentucky families and workers, perhaps the largest problem is one we’ve at…

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I don’t always have the right thing to say or put it in the most elegant manner, but not saying anything is no longer an option.

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As libraries across the country closed their physical buildings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they opened their digital doors in new and exciting ways. The Scott County Public Library was no exception.  I have never been prouder of our 43 library employees who have worked together to remain …

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It has taken me a few days to truly gather my thoughts but here goes. The problems that our country is facing right now have been a reoccurring struggle for centuries. Today, social and racial injustice is being pushed to the forefront of our problems and people have finally began to use the…

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At this point, we’ve all seen enough news to know that senior living facilities like nursing homes have taken a significant hit when it comes to COVID-19.  The population which occupies nursing homes is the target population of coronavirus. Seniors with underlying health conditions are at th…

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This past weekend, a group of protestors demonstrated on the grounds of the State Capitol.  Their message was controversial to begin with, as they objected to many of the public health policies initiated by state government. It then took a more ominous turn as some dressed in military-style …

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Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own li…

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With so many uncertainties lingering in this new Covid-19 environment that the entire world is faced with, most people are feeling a heightened level of vulnerability to do everyday things that were once taken for granted. Picking up food and household items at the grocery store, going to th…

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There is no escaping the fact that an alarming number of Kentuckians are struggling against unprecedented hardships, including hunger, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It is teacher and staff appreciation week in Scott County. It might look and feel a bit different in these challenging times, but the first week in May is set aside to offer thanks and praise to teachers and employees in our district that make a difference in the lives of students.

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While everything outside may seem to be at a standstill, this is a great time to be productive and get some important work done. 

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This year’s International Firefighters’ Day on May 4 came at a somber time. Many of us are home, finding new ways through everyday life as a collective and increasingly personal sense of grief weighs in.  

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When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. While the world continues to focus on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is still th…

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The 2020 Regular Session adjourned just before midnight on Wednesday, April 15, more than four months after convening in January and six weeks after COVID-19 altered so much about the world as we knew it.

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A quasi-government group’s response to Gov. Andy Beshear’s signature of legislation creating a separate board for the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) – which covers local government workers and classified school personnel – illustrates the wrong-headed mindset at the heart of all o…

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As we continue to fight COVID-19, it has been so encouraging to see the outpouring of support from our community for Georgetown Community Hospital. 

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COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, has blasted its way across our world, forcing citizens to worry for the safety of their families as reports of more cases and deaths continue to mount. This pandemic has reached our shores and will likely worsen before it gets better. 

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Last week, Kentucky farm families celebrated “National Agriculture Week,” but as you can imagine, our annual celebration was quieter than usual, given our on-going fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. As I talked to members of the media and neighbors to promote the celebration, they b…

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As the Kentucky General Assembly debates the budget and its potential impact on teachers and retired teachers, it is ironic that 10 years ago lawmakers adopted the Shared Responsibility Act of 2010, a model of legislative collaboration, compromise and good governance.

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I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well and healthy as we deal with the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Our staff continues to shine a bright light on humanity and together we are doing whatever it takes to work through this time of uncertainty.

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Some politically leftist groups and their enablers in Congress and the Kentucky legislature are seizing upon former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s advice to “never let a serious crisis go to waste” offered during last decade’s Great Recession to push for costly policies that will …

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Friedrich Karl Berger has lived to be 94 years old, with 61 of them spent in the United States. But an immigration judge recently ordered the deportation of Berger, a German who served as a Nazi concentration camp guard during World War II.

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When we talk about the health of Kentuckians, we often think about lifestyle concerns – smoking, substance abuse or a simple lack of exercise. 

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“I need to take a ride down old Lemons Mill Road and see where you were talking about in last week’s article,” an old friend said. 

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As the coronavirus spreads, and fears about it grow, another illness is growing along with it: racism and xenophobia.

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Every direction you turn at the Capitol these days the discussion centers on what rocks need overturning to find more revenue under the unproven — and categorically untrue — assumption that the 22 billion of Kentucky taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars collected during the current budget biennium…

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On Monday, I discovered that one of my dearest friends, Eve Oakley, had passed, and my heart all of a sudden felt an emptiness. Eve’s legacy in the Georgetown-Scott County community will never be fully appreciated because, in many cases, she was behind-the-scenes. If you knew Eve like I knew…

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Behind the reference desk in the Scott County Public Library there is a sign: “Welcome: All Sizes. All Colors. All Cultures. All Sexes. All Beliefs. All Religions. All Ages. All Types. All People.” It accords well with the library’s stated mission to treat all patrons with equality and respect.

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The infamous “sewer bill” that brought scorn to Kentucky legislators a couple of years ago apparently taught no lessons on transparency.

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Legislation passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives intended to provide long-term relief from steep increases in pension payments faced by quasi-government agencies like regional universities, health departments and rape crisis centers represents small steps in the right direction.