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Columns

  • Rand explains the legislative process

    If it’s true that it takes years of preparation to be an overnight success, the same can also be said of many laws approved during a legislative session.

    This year is a prime example, with several high-profile measures having been considered by the General Assembly before.  That includes those addressing booster seats, dating violence and an update of the state’s telecommunications laws.

  • Court case elevates bullying problems

    Kentucky New Era

    A case before the Kentucky Supreme Court could lead to a legal precedent that determines when school teachers and administrators have to bear responsibility for a bullied student’s suicide.

    The court heard arguments last week in a lawsuit filed by a Floyd County family whose 13-year-old son shot himself to death at home in 2007. Stephen Patton’s mother says teachers, a principal and two superintendents knew her son was bullied but did not intervene to help him.

  • Deadline to enter Gentry Art Show April 17

    The library tries to find ways to fill voids we perceive exist in our community. One particular niche I think we do a good job of filling is providing support and a venue to artists within our community and surrounding areas. In this world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, we want to make sure that the humanities and art are not forgotten.

  • Cream of the crop: How to make better food choices

    You have to eat to perform, and these foods will help you perform at your best.

    If you had to choose a theme song for the typical supermarket it would have to be “Welcome to the jungle.” By the time you navigate through the impenetrable tangle of packaged foods laced with unwholesome whatchamacallits, you might be left wondering whether it is time to grab a spear and hunt for tonight’s dinner.

  • Senate, House agree on minimum gas tax

    Historical, life-saving legislation was approved by the Kentucky General Assembly during the final hours of the 2015 Session. Senate Bill 192, a comprehensive approach to stymie the scourge of heroin addiction in Kentucky, reached final passage after countless hours of bipartisan work throughout the session. In fact, this is the third year that the Senate has led the charge on an anti-heroin bill. SB 192 was signed into law Wednesday morning by Gov. Steve Beshear and is now in effect due to an emergency clause. 

  • Passing heroin legislation was crucial

    In one way, the bills filed each legislative session are not much different from the teams taking part in the NCAA basketball tournaments. Some advance, while others find out that this is not There is one key difference in the General Assembly’s version of March Madness, however: More than one “winner” is crowned.

  • New feature series to highlight older generation, keep memories alive

    My Grandma Bettye just celebrated her 86th birthday on March 24, and I cherish all of the time I get to spend with her. My dad’s mom, she is one of my favorite people.

    My mom is one of those people who can talk to someone in the grocery store and find out and remember specifics about their entire lives. She remembers who is married to whom, who their children are, where they worked and lived, etc., etc. about members of our entire family tree, as well as our friends’ families and celebrities. I am in awe sometimes of what all she can remember.

  • Gubernatorial forum April 7

    On Tuesday April 7, the four Republican candidates for governor will meet in LaGrange for a pre-election debate at the LaGrange Baptist Church. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the debate will start at 7 p.m. Sharp.

    The candidates will answer questions asked by the moderator Joe Elliot, who is a radio personality. Audience questions will then be asked by some of the local news reporters.

    The  Oldham County Republican Women’s club, the Oldham County GOP, as well as the Henry and Carroll County Republicans, sponsored the event.

  • Event shows students the real consequences of alcohol, drug use

    Community partners in Carroll County held a two-day event March 19 and 20 called Truth and Consequences. The event is a program that derives from Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service in Clinton County, Ky., and is utilized across the state in many counties. This year Carroll County’s Extension Office partnered up with Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County and Carroll County Schools to bring a community and school-based event.

  • Expensive college a burden to everyone

    Students who attend one of the 16 community colleges in Kentucky received good news recently about their tuition bills. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents voted Friday to leave tuition unchanged for another year. That’s a reversal of their decision previously to hike tuition from $147 to $150 per credit hour in 2015-16.