• By Jennifer P. Brown, New Era Opinion Editor
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Today probably will be relatively quiet and uneventful in downtown Hopkinsville. Most businesses are closed in the heart of Hopkinsville and no special holiday events are planned — which depending on your point of view is a welcome respite or a missed opportunity.

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A 1 percent population slide for both Hopkinsville and Christian County, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimate, might not look like much on paper. From 2014 to 2015, Hopkinsville’s population was down by 294 — putting the city’s most recent estimate at 32,205. The county l…

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Frank Gary, the former Christian County sheriff and judge-executive who died last weekend at the age of 73, had been retired long enough that his distinction might have been lost on some of this newspaper’s younger readers.

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Mosquitoes have always been an annoying part of Kentucky’s hot and muggy summers, but this year there’s much more at stake. There are serious health risks because of the likely spread of the Zika virus.

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One of the main functions of city government is to set tax rates on residents and businesses and use that money for the function and well-being of the city.

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Among many memorable nights I’ve had covering Hopkinsville City Council meetings for the New Era, there was that time several years ago when the council spent eight hours on a police officer’s disciplinary hearing. It started around 9 p.m. on a Tuesday and concluded at 5 the next morning.

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Since it was built around 1904, the South Main Street house that resembles a small castle has been a highly recognizable landmark for Hopkinsville people. This week the house is getting the attention of thousands of people who have never heard of Hopkinsville and will never enter the city limits. 

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Although the development of Interstate 69 through Kentucky runs well north of Hopkinsville — starting at Henderson on the Ohio River and continuing south, then southwest to Fulton at the Tennessee border — there is still room to include Christian County in the path of an interstate upgrade c…

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It took an act of Congress to repair then-Secretary of the Army John McHugh’s poor judgment about our country’s debt to women pilots who served in the Army Air Force during World War II.

  • By Jennifer P. Brown, New Era Opinion Editor
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While I’ve been visiting a college classmate for a few days in Rochester, New York, a dead man known as America’s greatest landscape architect has been poking around in my thoughts. Sounds odd, doesn’t it?

  • By Jennifer P. Brown, New Era Opinion Editor
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Usually when I get a Hopkinsville history lesson at The Place’s lunch counter, I’m eating with my friend Wallace Henderson and the two of us are distracting the restaurant proprietor, Myra Kaye Hancock.

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Abraham Lincoln, arguably our country’s greatest president, once said, “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” He understood our Democracy depends on active voter participation to ensure we remain strong and powerful as a country.

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Four candidates are vying for the Republican nomination in the 1st District congressional race, and the contest is wide open following incumbent Ed Whitfield’s decision to retire after 20 years in office.

  • By Dan Kemp
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Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks presented a bold new vision for the city in his budget address Friday. The mayor’s energy and positive outlook for the future were reflected in his proposals to take Hopkinsville to the next level by:

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Now that the Hopkinsville Police Department is in its new headquarters on North Main at First Street, officials have taken advantage of the location to offer a “Safe Exchange Area” in a prominent spot with 24-hour video surveillance.

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When Hopkinsville Community College opened in the fall of 1965, the distinctive blue Academic Building was the only structure on the North Drive campus. It housed 220 students, 10 faculty and six staff members. Most of those students came from high schools that had larger facilities and enro…

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The Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library has been in the news a good bit this year — mainly because of a League of Women Voters study.

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Saturday at Churchill Downs, a gray factor will probably skew the betting odds in the Kentucky Derby. I’m not talking about the age of the betting crowd, although horse racing fans are generally well north of 40-something. Rather, I’m referring to the rare appearance of several gray horses i…

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We can only imagine what people from other states think when they hear that Kentucky’s governor, Republican Matt Bevin, and the former governor, Democrat Steve Beshear, are hurling accusations back and forth about shady campaign finances and other alleged misdeeds.

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In perhaps the least surprising news of the year, Kentuckians will soon pay more for a public college education. That is the assumption after a decision Tuesday by the Council on Postsecondary Education to allow tuition hikes in the range of 5 percent.

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Last month, Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law a bill that will allow thousands of Kentuckians, previously convicted of low-level felonies who have turned their lives around, to have their records cleared and, more important, their paths cleared to become more productive citizens.  

  • By Jennifer P. Brown, New Era Opinion Editor
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The sights and sounds of a live radio broadcast will be staged at the Alhambra Theatre this summer in a production that promises to offer a history lesson of 1940s Hopkinsville.

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A life-long friend spoke to me at a funeral a couple of weeks ago. After the usual exchange of pleasantries, he said, “Now, don’t you raise those taxes too much on us.” As if I have any control over raising taxes!

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Ernest Parks could easily settle into retirement and take life more leisurely. His 60-year-old body, having survived the U.S. Marines, followed by the Army, followed by some tough years of homelessness, would certainly appreciate a breather.

  • By Jennifer P. Brown, New Era Opinion Editor
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When cities try to create attractive public parks, they sometimes hit the mark beautifully on the first try and the park survives for years as a landmark and a point of pride for the community. But not always. Sometimes getting it right requires admitting huge mistakes in planning and execution.

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The Kentucky Lottery Corp. is going where its future customers presumably will be doing business — on the internet. Sales online of Powerball, MegaMillions and Kentucky Cash Ball began Monday, making Kentucky the third state to offer lottery tickets through internet accounts.

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When religious leaders comment on the world’s greatest troubles, such as the refugee crisis in Europe, they are expected to invoke the teachings of their faith so followers can be inspired to act in ways that help people.

  • By Jennifer P. Brown, New Era Opinion Editor
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Over the next several months, expect to see good old Hoptown among many communities vying for attention as the prime spot to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Recent news reports from Paducah and Eddyville have made clear that Hopkinsville is in a bit of a competition.

  • By Jennifer P. Brown, New Era Opinion Editor
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Last weekend in Kroger, the produce section shared considerable space with large racks of spring flowers. Employees had rolled the flowers indoors because of a cold snap threatening to stun any plant that had started to bloom. The flower racks lined the floor between the broccoli and the potatoes.

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Along with his recently created “Selfie of the Week” contest, Gov. Matt Bevin’s Facebook page includes a video of the commonwealth’s 62nd governor going where most Kentuckians have never ventured — up to that little round enclosure at the Capitol’s pinnacle above the dome.

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