• It’s time to start thinking about fertilizing your pastures and fields

    By David Kessler

    Marion Co. Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent

  • Budget proposal moves to House for consideration

    By Rep. Daniel Elliott

    On Tuesday, to mark the official kick-off of crafting Kentucky’s two-year budget, Governor Matt Bevin presented his budget proposal while addressing the General Assembly in a Joint Session for the annual State of the Commonwealth. Kentuckians, along with members of the House and Senate, Cabinet Secretaries, and Supreme Court Justices, listened intently for what many feared would be one of the trimmest, most austere budgets in recent Kentucky history.

  • Budget address a first step

    By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

    Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with their legislators throughout the week.

  • Will pension funding engulf entire budget?

    By Jim Waters

    Your humble correspondent warned for years the day would come when public-pension funding crowded out government services Kentuckians on both sides of the political aisle care about.

    I’ve also warned repeatedly that dumping more money into the systems without stopping the bleeding will create additional pressures on an already-strained budget while failing to fix our pension woes.

    Despite fervently hoping such prophecies were wrong, they now find fulfillment in Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed two-year budget.

  • $1 more for cigarettes paves way toward a healthier generation

    By Ben Chandler

    Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow

    Recently, a coalition of more than 100 health care, business, education, and health advocacy groups comprising the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow called on the Kentucky legislature to raise the state tax on cigarettes by $1 per pack, with parallel increases in taxes on other tobacco products.

    A Win for Health

  • Helping those struggling with addiction

    By Sen. Mitch McConnell

    The pain of the opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the country — especially here in Kentucky. For years, I have worked with my colleagues in Congress to fight back. Just recently, President Donald Trump took a significant step by formally recognizing a public health emergency for opioids.

    I commend the President for reaffirming his commitment to tackling this critical problem, and I am proud to stand with him as we continue combatting this heartbreaking issue.

  • Misconceptions abound about KentuckyWired

    From Randy Lutke
    KCNA Communications Director

    In the interest of openness and transparency, the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) would like to address some statements about KentuckyWired that have appeared in the public forum lately. KCNA would like Kentucky’s citizens to be properly informed.

    Misconception #1. Stopping the project

  • Convenience at what cost?

    The story in today’s paper concerning allegations that the staff at the Casey County Detention Center acted inappropriately toward an inmate have unjustly tarnished our fine jail.
    Bridget Saunders, a public defender from Lexington, made several statements recently in Casey Circuit Court about mistreatment of inmate Bobby Rigdon at the hands of jail staff.

  • Editorial Keep AFJROTC

     What’s the financial cost of keeping a program at Casey County High School that’s making a difference in some students’ lives? 

    That question, raised recently in a Board of Education meeting, was addressed concerning the impact of the Air Force JROTC program. Does the program warrant the roughly $68,000 it costs the school district each year toward two instructors’ salaries?

  • Editorial: County needs to work together

    The release of the sheriff’s tax settlement audit last week is compelling with its long list of non-compliance issues.

    Commingling public funds with tax funds, not making daily deposits of tax receipts, with some being put off for as long as two months, and not having proper oversight of property tax funds raises the risk for fraud.

    We urge Sheriff Jerry Coffman to take a more active role in overseeing the day-to-day financial affairs of his office.