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Guest Columns

  • Informational meetings, tours of TCHS scheduled ahead of nickel tax vote

    Dear Readers,

  • Rallying the community for elevated goals

    By Charles R. Liston
    Well, through a combination of studying the issues surrounding the “nickel” tax,” and personally observing the physical condition of our TCHS/MS, and seeing that much needed improvements can be realized with state matching and potential “urgent needs” state funding, I am now a committed property owner supporting the “nickel tax.” This, though my son graduated long ago from TCHS (2001), and I have no children now in the system.

  • Kentucky remains a safe place to live

    One of the best things about Kentucky is that it remains one of the safest places in which to live.
    According to the website 24/7 Wall St., we have the sixth-lowest violent-crime rate among the states, while several south of us rank among the top 10 highest. Tennessee’s rate, for example, is nearly three times the size of ours.

  • The value of each vote on the Nickel Tax assessed

    Dear Readers,
    I continue to be encouraged by those in the community who have begun to seek more information on the Nickel Tax. I have enjoyed talking to you and greatly appreciate you commitment to be an informed voter. As you now know test scores have been released and on that same day they were released the battle cry of some who oppose the tax went up--“If our schools scored so high then we don’t need a new school.” This reasoning is ludicrous and definitely uninformed to the issues facing Trimble County Public Schools.

  • School report cards rate trends in state’s education

    Not long after the start of each school year, Kentucky begins getting report cards on the overall progress our students are making. These annual updates give the public the chance to learn if we are still heading in the right direction academically.

  • Hard work by students, staff push test scores to new levels

    Dear Readers,
    With the public reporting of state assessment scores today you have hopefully seen the great academic progress made by our students and staff through last year’s instruction. Achieving the classification of Distinguished as a school and a district is quite an accomplishment and our students and staff deserve recognition for the outstanding work they put in last year. Trimble County truly has great students and some of the best teachers anywhere around. Let me put this into perspective for you.

  • U.S. Civil Rights Commission: Religious freedom code word for discrimination

    By Richard Nelson

  • Kentucky’s online portals provide helpful info

    One of the country’s most enduring challenges is making sure that our citizens, both young and old alike, have at least a basic understanding of government and the role we all play in making it work.

  • Kentucky abundant with fish, wildlife and nature sporting

    For hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians and out-of-state visitors, there is no place quite like the commonwealth when it comes to hunting, fishing or just experiencing all that nature has to offer.
    In a given year, more than 550,000 people fish, 347,000 hunt and another two million either boat on our rivers and lakes or observe our wildlife. Not surprisingly, these outdoor activities are a major driver of our economy, with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources estimating the annual impact at nearly $6 billion.

  • Athletic complex expenditures addressed

    Dear Readers,
    As we continue to get closer to Election Day I continue to hear of certain questions or statements that are made concerning the nickel tax. It has been my goal with my weekly article to provide as much factual information as possible and clear up misconceptions as I hear them. Please understand that there have been valid questions and concerns asked in the past months and I have been happy to have those brought to me. This week is no different. There are two items I would like to address this week.