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Columns

  • Work begins on roads, bridges

    There is a lot going on in Taylor County. We’ve started county road blacktopping projects and we are working on some bridges.

    I want to remind the community to be aware of their surroundings when we are doing these projects, especially for possible detours.

    We will notify when we will be doing any construction work for closures by newspaper and on local radio stations, so please be patient and watch for the construction in the areas.

  • State cracking down on pill abuse

     

    Kentucky is facing a prescription drug abuse epidemic. You’ve likely already heard the statistics. About 1,000 Kentuckians die each year - that’s about three a day - from pain pill overdose.

    Some reports estimate that one in three Kentuckians has a friend or family member who they say is struggling with prescription drug addiction.

  • Good things happening in Campbellsville

     

    It has been a very busy summer. We are using our resources in a most efficient way. Businesses are partnering to reinstall the security lights on the KY 210 bypass. After working through much red tape, the project has just been approved to begin work.

    The city’s street department, the Campbellsville Water and Sewer Co. and Taylor County Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. will perform the work. Taylor County RECC developed a plan that was submitted to the state for approval.

  • Dealing with stress

     

    I was working my way through a row of tomatoes, picking what I could while pulling weeds at the same time. Lori was shoulder high in the okra, quickly filling one bucket and exchanging it for an empty one.

    Tossing the weeds to the side, emptying another bucket of tomatoes, eyeing the rows of ripe peppers, I said to Lori, “I’m overwhelmed. I’ve gotten behind, and I don’t see how we can catch up.”

  • Sadly, we're no longer shocked

     

    News of the deadly shooting in a Colorado movie theater awaited us all as we got out of bed Friday morning.

    Shocked. Stunned. Speechless.

    Well, sort of.

    It’s sad, but it’s true. We have so many things of this nature — violent, cruel and senseless acts — that take place in our world these days, we are seldom truly surprised.

    We certainly don’t expect these violent acts, but wicked people cross the lines of normalcy so often these days, it’s hard to feel completely surprised.

  • The unanswered question in theater number nine

     

    Why?

    It’s the first question I asked, and likely the one you first asked, too.

    It still echoes from theater number nine in the Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were murdered and 58 injured.

    And it’s the one question we will never completely know.

  • Finding a cure for cancer

     

    We all have a story. Now we can all be part of changing that story.

    Taylor Regional Hospital is doing something very exciting. They are participating in an American Cancer Society study to help pinpoint what causes cancer.

    Can you imagine a world without cancer? I hope I live to see that day.

    I still remember how I felt when I heard my grandfather, and then later my grandmother, had cancer. I had a feeling that their lifespan would be cut short by the terrible disease.

  • When it comes to marriage, religion matters

     

    It’s wedding season, and May through August are the most popular months for marriage ceremonies. Planning a wedding, depending on the elaborateness of the ceremony and number of guests attending, can involve months of preparation. Thriving in a marriage is a lifelong project, filled with challenges. Somebody said in marriage there are three rings: engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering.

  • Task force looking at pensions

     

    Jimmy Higdon

    State Senator

    There’s been a lot of media attention lately, both locally and nationally, about states’ public pensions.

    Kentucky isn’t immune to the pension issues many other states are facing.

    The Commonwealth’s public pension systems administer retirement and retiree health benefits to more than 475,000 current and former employees. As of June 2011, the unfunded liability of those systems was more than $30 billion.

  • Volunteers are crucial to a community

     

    Jimmy Higdon

    State Senator

    On a recent trip to Raleigh, N.C., I saw a statue dedicated to the Good Samaritan. Of course it called to mind the parable in the Bible about the Samaritan who graciously cared for the wounded beggar on the side of the road.

    But it also reminded me of all the folks today who give of themselves to make a difference and strengthen their communities. Our volunteers.