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Guest Columns

  • Superintendent’s Corner

    Dear Readers,
    On February 3, 2016 our board of education approved Mark Ryles to serve as our Local Planning Committee (LPC) facilitator. As we move forward from this point I wish to make it clear as to who makes up the committee and how they are selected. This is taken directly from the Kentucky School Facilities Planning Manual (702 KAR 4:180).
    Section 101
    Local Planning Committee Selection
    101.2 The LPC shall be made up of a maximum of twenty (20) members and/or a minimum of ten (10) members to include:

  • Wide range of bills get Senate nod

    The fifth week of the 2016 Legislative Session in Frankfort was historic in a number of ways. Governor Matt Bevin signed his first piece of legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 4. We also said goodbye to former State Senator and civil rights activist, Georgia Davis Powers.

  • Budget discussions moving forward in General Assembly

    Just as it is often said that games are won or lost during practice, a similar principle applies as well to legislation. Before a bill can clear the House or Senate, it has to make it through a committee first.
    That groundwork is especially crucial when it comes to the budget, which Gov. Bevin proposed late last month and the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee began reviewing in-depth last week. The chamber is on track to complete this work and vote by the early days of March.

  • School district budget explained

    Dear Readers,

  • Good news about bad news

    When someone says, “I have good news and bad news,” which one do you prefer to hear first?
    Joe went to his doctor who posed that question to him.
    “Give me the good news first,” Joe said.
    “You have 24 hours to live,” the doctor told him.
    Clutching his chest, Joe said, “If that’s the good news, what’s the bad news?”
    The doctor said, “I meant to tell you yesterday.”
    Ba dump bump. (Groan.)

  • State House reviews Bevin’s budget

    The biggest responsibility the governor and the General Assembly have during legislative sessions in even-numbered years is enacting a budget to run state government. It sets our priorities in a way no other law can.
    The budget process actually began months ago, when agencies compiled their projected needs while the state’s economists, known as the Consensus Forecasting Group, determined exactly how much the state could appropriate.

  • Senate passes several priority pieces of legislation

    Week four of the Kentucky General Assembly marked a momentous occasion for our state. Governor Matt Bevin gave his first State of the Commonwealth Budget Address, laying out a plan that will guide Kentucky out of the financial mire that has lingered for the past eight years.

  • Miracle addresses criticism

    Dear Readers,

  • Are attitudes changing toward abortion issue?

    By Rick Nelson
    Last week started out with many commemorating the work of Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.  It ended Friday with people marching and assembling in cities (not hit by the wintery blast) to uphold human dignity of a different kind. While King was the face of the civil rights movement, it is unlikely the pro-life movement will ever have a single representative, but if they do, it will probably be the face of an anonymous woman who’s had an abortion.

  • Stepping towards grace

    Since my friend Mike has been sober, he’s taken me to one of his AA meetings every so often.
    I don’t struggle with alcohol, but I have my own compulsions and obsessions.
    It’s my opinion that every one of us is addicted to something and that those somethings can and do change, sometimes daily.