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Columns

  • 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.

  • Community improvements

     

    Tony Young

    Campbellsville Mayor

    When I was a young boy, my father would drive around the block three or four times downtown to find a parking space. There wasn’t a vacant store in downtown at that time. After shopping centers and strip malls became popular, our downtown stores began to move to those areas. But recent efforts to revitalize downtown have reversed that trend.

  • June a hot, busy month

     

    Eddie Rogers

    Taylor County Judge/Executive

    This past June has been an unseasonably hot and dry month. Due to the extremely dry conditions, we have to be very careful during this time.  I have talked with the Division of Forestry and, if needed, we would announce a burn ban.

    I always go along with the recommendations from the governor’s office on issues such as this.

  • Pick it up and read it!

    No, I don’t mean the Bible, although I read it every day.

    But for now, I’m referring to the newspaper.

    “Ahh, the newspaper,” you say. “You mean that old dinosaur of the printed era that’s somehow managed to stay alive, despite its shrinking advertising revenue and a dwindling subscriber base?”

    Despite rumors of its demise, the newspaper is surviving, and in some instances, thriving.

  • Auctioning memories

     

    “I’ve got $1, will anybody give me $2?”

    For the most part, no one would.

    It was painful to watch the man who didn’t know my family selling my family’s possessions to the highest bidder.

    My family auctioned my grandfather’s home and his possessions earlier this month. We had to.

  • One way to save a life

    He was always getting up a game of some kind, usually sandlot football.

    Mark had a knack for gathering my friends and me, most of us 10 years his younger, for a game of football in the fall or baseball in the spring. And he was my own personal trainer, throwing me thousands of football passes or hitting me countless groundballs, trying to make me better.

    But there was more to it than the game — something much larger than that. The sport was only an avenue enabling Mark to do something far more important than catching or throwing a ball.

  • City's foresight for the future

    Coming into office, I had no plans to create any new debt for the city.

    Purchasing land for a new park was definitely not my intention. At first, I did not even want to discuss the issue. I simply did not feel the purchase would be a wise decision.

    However, an opportunity arose that I felt could better our community for many years to come, and as new information emerged, my interest in the purchase grew.

  • June is already a busy month in Taylor County

     

    We just had one of our most active weekends in June here in Taylor County. This included Kids Outdoor Day with well more than 1,600 children to participate. We also had the 400-mile yard sale come through our county.

    The Taylor County Fair started on June 2 with the horse show. It was one of the biggest horse shows that the fair has had in quite a while. The fair will still be going on June 7, 8 and 9.  We all should support our community and go out to the Taylor County Fair.