If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

"To tell the Truth," a popular TV game show from the annals of history, featured a panel of celebrity judges who would try to correctly identify contestants with unusual jobs or life experiences.

Ms. Jackie Dedmon, age 87, of Benton, died on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at her home. She was a a very successful business woman who owned the KY Dam Bait Farm. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, and was a KY Colonel and KY Admiral.

Democratic gubernatorial challenger Andy Beshear is hoping to win the office by, among other ways, rolling the dice in support of expanded gaming -- including legalizing casinos and sports wagering. With the issue likely to come up during next year's General Assembly session, many believe th…

I spent time recently at the Capitol Building as Interim Joint Committees met to hear from agencies and members of the public about state programs. I have mentioned before how valuable these meetings can be as we prepare for the 2020 Regular Session. These committees spend time closely exami…

I'm no longer part of the resistance. That small, mostly middle-aged and above, band of people standing on principle who have heretofore refused to scan and bag our own purchases at the big box stores.

Facebook and Twitter are like active volcanoes, freshly risen and spewing lava chunks that disrupt communities and even destroy lives in the blink of an eye. Social media has redefined our cultural landscape in such dramatic ways it is unrecognizable for many.

In a world full of disagreements, we can all agree that 911 services are vital to our community. Whether it's an elderly person who had a fall, a young child who swallows something harmful, or a driver injured in a car crash, being able to call for immediate assistance is an invaluable commu…

Kentucky's farmers are among the best in the world. It's no surprise agriculture leaders from around the country are looking to the Bluegrass State and our prospering hemp industry. Right now, hemp is growing in 101 of our 120 counties and $100 million worth of Kentucky grown and processed h…

His name might not be immediately familiar to all. But adults and child­ren of all ages across the Commonwealth who enjoy the educational, cultural and entertainment programming broadcast through Kentucky Educational Television owe a deep debt of gratitude for the lasting legacy to its found…

The recent special legislative session resulting in temporary relief from soaring pension payments faced by regional universities, local health departments, rape crisis centers and other groups known as quasi-government agencies gave Republican Gov. Matt Bevin a political victory in this yea…

Kentucky smokers, regardless of whether they are puffing a traditional cigarette or the latest electronic version, would and should have to pay the same tax rate under legislation filed for the 2020 General Assembly by two state lawmakers on Tuesday. So would users of smokeless tobacco.

It's just as legitimate for congressmen in the Capitol to consider the precedent proposed policies would establish in regard to future lawmaking as it for justices at the Supreme Court to contemplate how their decisions in current legal challenges will affect the way future cases get argued …

Mr. Charles E. Irvan, 81, of Kirksey (Golo Community), passed away July 8, 2019, at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield.

I know that everyone has heard significant discussion about the pensions systems of our state employees, teachers, state workers, and other public servants. These systems affect taxpayers and public employees alike. As our state spends 14 percent of our total budget on pension contributions …

Last Thursday I finally got my first boat ride of the year and y'all, there is nothing better for this girl than the sun beaming down on my skin while the fresh air messes up my hair and that boat motor hums behind the beats of a good tune. It doesn't get better than family time on Kentucky Lake.

Childhood should be carefree. Every child deserves to feel safe, cared for, and nurtured. This includes the nearly 10,000 Kentucky children in foster care and almost 100,000 in kinship care, a rate which is more than double the national average. They are not responsible for the circumstances…

If you enjoy homegrown vegetables but don't have the time or space to be a do-it-yourselfer, there are several farmers' markets across the county.

What's happened to the decisive, conservative and determined leadership we saw that resulted in Republicans taking majority control of the state House in the November 2016 election and then passing monumental legislation during the first week of the 2017 session that brought more positive ch…

Recently, the topic of discussion around the county has been the proposed county budget and the so-called "cuts" being made to non-profit funding. With the rumor mill running rampant, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with the people of Marshall County the facts concerning the propo…

Another of Kentucky's off-year primary elections, complete with poor - if somewhat better than expected - turnout and the completely unnecessary and wasteful spending of millions of taxpayer dollars, has come and gone.

Although the official start of summer is still weeks away, Kentucky has already been experiencing high temperatures. Temperatures reached the mid- to high-80s Tuesday and are expected to hover in upper-70s and 80s all week.

I am writing to let you know that if the proposed budget is approved, we will be closing the doors of the Marshall County Senior Citizens Center. The center has been a wonderful asset to our community. We have provided thousands of meals to the homebound clients of Marshall County and enjoye…

In recent months, I've been very proud to work on an issue that every Member of Congress can wholeheartedly support - protecting our nation's children from abuse and neglect. The safety and security of some of our most vulnerable members of society, our nation's children, is of the utmost im…

With so much riding on the 2019 election cycle, it was troubling to see the low voter turnout in last week's election. Locally, just over 20% of registered voters showed up at the polls. Statewide, the percentage was very similar. And, while that topped the prediction of the Secretary of Sta…

As Vice Chair of the Marshall County Caring Needline it has been brought to my attention that Needline stands to lose the Christmas light show at Mike Miller Park (which raises about $50,000 in cash and 32,000-35,000 food items) as well as having our support drastically cut from the Marshall…

The recent news of Air Methods' air medical base closures in Kentucky is unfortunate, but not surprising. Earlier this year, PHI, another air medical company, announced it was filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize and solve its debts due partly to "a significant decrease in r…

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. In the U.S., 1 in 5 adults live with a mental health condition, and 20 percent of youth age 13 to 18 live with a mental health condition.

Sitting in court last week while covering the multiple civil suits filed against a number of parties in response to the shooting at the high school, I heard Gabe Parker's attorney mention one of his concerns with having Parker testify in depositions (at this point) was the potential for leak…

Every now and then you meet someone whom you instantly know will make his or her dreams come to fruition. Someone who has the faith, patience, grit and inner drive to see a goal through to completion. Someone who doesn't let obstacles get in the way of a plan -- no matter how big the odds ar…

I am still taking time to reflect on many of the measures passed during the 2019 Legislative Session. I also reflect on that last day. As the hours stretched into the evening, I got a unique perspective on an event that was being prepared for the next day. March 28, 2019 was the last day of …

  Last week, the calendar indicated spring had arrived and along with that came a few days of milder, drier weather with many more promised. For the two or three of you who may have actually enjoyed the past few months of dreary, rainy, grey skies, it was a time to lament bidding farewell to…

  “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” —Coretta Scott King

  In a shocking effort by the Kentucky Legislature to undermine government transparency and accountability, Rep. Jason Petrie (R-Elkton) has introduced HB 387, which aims to make it harder for Kentuckians to know how their tax dollars are being used by the commonwealth to lure and incentiviz…