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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…

  In recent months, I’ve been a frequent visitor to hospitals, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. My mother’s recent declining health is not something I anticipated so suddenly or planned for and I, along with my siblings and my father, have found ourselves on a fast track to lear…

  I saw a meme on social media poking fun at a long-term couple who got each other Valentine’s Day cards, exchanged them, and then put them back on the shelf. I almost didn’t even read the words because I was instantly off-put by the image of the red-and-pink card aisle that literally makes …

  Recently, dozens of students, administrators, superintendents and health advocates rallied in Frankfort to urge lawmakers to pass policies to reduce tobacco use among Kentucky’s youth.

   Like many of you, I will never hear the word “ice” in a weather forecast without having memories of the 2009 history-making storm come rushing back.  And although it’s been categorized as the worst natural disaster in Kentucky’s modern history, a decade later my memories aren’t all bad.

  I spent a great deal of time last week combing through a year of news photographs in search of the images that best tell the story of the last 12 months for this week’s 2018 in Pictures feature. In doing so, I was forced to relive my own memories of some tragic events in our little corner …

  It’s a trend that seems like it should be impossible in the wealthiest nation on Earth. But across America, the rate of maternal mortality is actually climbing – more than doubling in the last three decades.

  The Senate has opened a door to new opportunities for Kentucky agriculture. After extensive collaboration with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we passed one of my top Kentucky priorities for the year – a Farm Bill containing my legislation to legalize the production of industrial…

  A man told me last week he knew of 11 American soldiers who had died overseas in the previous two weeks. He knew their names and where they were stationed. They weren’t his biological sons but they called him ‘Papa Ferg,’ and he cared for them as if they were his own.

  With the calendar now displaying December, most of us have set our efforts on decorating our homes, shopping for presents for our friends and loved ones and thinking about our holiday menus.

  By a wide margin Kentuckians voted last week for a constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law. Whether or not that nod from voters ends up resulting in a change to the state’s constitution now awaits a decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court who is reviewing a challenge to how the ballot…

  Three weeks from today, voters will go to the polls to make important choices in several key races across Marshall County. I’ve been surprised to learn within the past couple of weeks that once you step outside the news bubble, there is a large group of people who are registered voters who…