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The Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts released a special examination evaluating the transparency, administration, and compliance with Senate Bill 2 (2017 Regular Session) of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, the Teachers' Retirement System of Kentucky, and the Judicial Form Retirement Syste…

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Last week at the state fair in Louisville, the Kentucky Farm Bureau raffled off one very expensive ham and Chris Hartman held one very expensive protest.

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Last weekend, over 29,000 people swarmed downtown Hopkinsville for the fourth annual Summer Salute Festival. The food and music were great, but the festival made one thing very clear.

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When families are engaged — children do better in school. The same holds true for communities. When communities are engaged and hold high-expectations for all of their schools — schools and children do better. Thus, as another school year begins, our shared goal must be to build the capacity…

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There have been widespread reports from Kentucky sources that U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath's campaign manager was behind the firing of a potential candidate who was considering running against her in the Democratic primary in the 2020 race for U.S. Senate.

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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.

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President Trump, along with leaders from Mexico and Canada, signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on November 30, 2018. Since then, Canada began the process to vote on implementing the legislation in May of this year and Mexico's Senate overwhelmingly ratified the agreemen…

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Aug. 14, 2019, in the Kentucky New Era Opinion page there were three articles titled "Laws Can't Target Heart, Soul Issues," "Knowing Freedom Critical To Our Future," and "Red Flag Laws Universal Background Checks Could Help Us Curb Violence."

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The light is low and the soft ping-ping of machines covered in cherries, angels and sexy devils rings through the air at Lexington's Red Mile. Briefly, when bets are made, a sliver of screen shows a real horse race, which quickly disappears. People wander among hundreds of machines, even on …

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Farming is a family business in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky has one of the highest numbers of farms in the U.S. -- almost 76,000 farms covering almost 13 million acres in 2017, according to the most recent data from the USDA Census of Agriculture.

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Church. It's a place for the brokenhearted and the redeemed; a place for the newest babes and the oldest saints; it's a place where people go to feel safe, a place they trust won't abuse its power or take advantage of them when they're weak. The story of churches doing the latter isn't new, …

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It was the winter of 2017, and I had just moved to Hopkinsville with my better half for her work. At the time, I was working from home, writing for an outdoor magazine.

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Every time Christian County Public Schools releases its annual discipline report, eyebrows raise and conclusions are drawn. From the students to the administrators to the parents, everyone looks for someone to blame for the number of suspensions, but let's look a little closer to determine w…

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At $65,000 per day, this week-long spectacle appears to be one expensive political stunt. As of Friday morning, Kentucky lawmakers are in Frankfort to pass a bill that will put a bandage on a major public pension problem, without really fixing it for good.

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This week, the Kentucky New Era began publishing salary data in regard to public officials in Christian County, Hopkinsville, Oak Grove and in the public school system.

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I did it: I bought my first house, on my own merit, before I turned 30. This goal has been on my mind for a few years now, but the chances of it happening were looking grim. I mean, what 20-something has 20% for a house down payment saved amid student loan payments, car payments, rent and ge…

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City council members, who are local legislators, should take their role seriously and be aware of all their duties to best serve their community. They are responsible for and responsive to the citizens who elected them, according to the National League of Cities.

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If the University of Kentucky men's basketball team placed 34th out of 50 in the final poll of the season, Kentuckians would be appalled -- especially if the team was consistently awful for the next seven years. So we should be equally flabbergasted that the 30th annual Kids Count Data Book …

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Last weekend, a report was released estimating that Google profited $4.7 billion from the news industry in 2018. The journalists who create the content Google and Facebook profit from, and the organizations that support them, deserve a share of the revenue their work attracts.

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Last week, the New Era reported that former Hopkinsville High School band director Jordan Seth Peveler had been arrested on three felony charges -- one count of unlawful transaction with a minor (second degree), sodomy (third degree) and rape (third degree) -- and booked into Christian County Jail.

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It was so incredibly disheartening to hear about the horrific rape that occurred last week on Hopkinsville's rail trail.

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For decades, Oak Grove has been the red-headed stepchild of Christian County. Mama Fort Campbell always let some of her soldiers stay with Oak Grove, but that was little enough, and she was busy making doe-eyes at Clarksville. Papa Christian County loved her, sure, but not as much as he love…

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Don’t call ICE to deport me, but the name you see at the bottom of this column isn’t my real one. Yes, it was the name I was given at birth, but something happened around the time I turned 7 years old that, to some people, changed it forever.

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Is it possible to not realize your own happiness? Or, when looking back, do you see it only because of nostalgia, wrapped up in the lie of “the good old days”?

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I never asked why my paternal grandparents decided to move to western Kentucky. Maybe I just assumed. In the mid-20th century, they were the definition of hillbillies -- dirt-poor folk out of Harlan County with a mess of kids and all the strange dialect and mannerisms of Appalachia.

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One of my favorite Facebook reposts is about how young people are just so fickle. "Back in my day," it may begin. "If something was broke, we'd fix it."

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One of my favorite Facebook re-posts is about how young people are just so fickle. “Back in my day,” it may begin. “If something was broke, we’d fix it.”

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News writing is supposed to be simple and easy for anyone to understand. I love what I do as an editor precisely because news writers don't always get this.

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On February 21, the Christian County Board of Education voted unanimously to increase the county school tax for the stated purpose of constructing a new instructional building at Hopkinsville High School. The board has also said that it needs to begin plans to replace the instructional porti…

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Kentucky's General Assembly is essentially complete. While the body can celebrate a few accomplishments, the bad bills outnumbered the good. Lawmakers introduced a series of bills that would undermine or restrict the public's right to know, deliberately attempt to divert tax dollar funding from public education for the purpose of bolstering private schools and, of course, reconfigure the state's retirement system. It was exhausting, to say the least.

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It’s a cold Friday morning in November. I’m bundled up, belly full of turkey, waiting in the front of a line outside of a department store.

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In honor of Hopkinsville’s finest, our community showed strong support for a hometown hero this week. The event served a reminder that those who put their lives on the line for the well-being of others deserve our appreciation each and every day.

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I’m sitting at my desk squeezing a stress ball that looks like a baseball. It’s early and no one has made it into the office yet.

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Christian County's two high school facilities are aging and dilapidated. Regardless of how the buildings came to be in the condition they are in, and whether the photos circulating on social media over the last few days were legitimate or not, there is no doubt that the fifty-plus year-old school buildings need to be rehabilitated or replaced. The only short-term solution to the issue is enacting a nickel tax to increase the system's bonding capacity.

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Through our lives, we make our own choices, but our experiences shape how we react to the world. They shape us into who we will eventually become.

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The City of Hopkinsville kicked off its curbside recycling program on Friday. The program seeks to boost the community's sustainability efforts. It was first proposed at an Oct. 18 Hopkinsville Committee of the Whole meeting and unanimously approved by the Hopkinsville City Council upon first reading on Thursday, Nov. 8. Now, residents need to get on board and take advantage.

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With all of the crazy in the news today, some of it the news’ own doing and self-inflicted wounds, I wanted to use this opportunity to thank you for reading your community newspaper. Your support has never been more important.

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I've never been that great at goodbyes. I don't like the idea of soft-pedaling something or beating around the bush when simplicity will do just as well. I say that to tell you that this will be my last column.…

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It’s not a bad time to be a Kentucky sports fan. Kentucky basketball remains a title contender every year, and the football program looks like it’s here to stay. Last season, both were staples in the Top 25 rankings, a pretty good indication of their quality.

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For decades, Oak Grove has been the red-headed stepchild of Christian County. Mama Fort Campbell always let some of her soldiers stay with Oak Grove, but that was little enough, and she was busy making doe-eyes at Clarksville. Papa Christian County loved her, sure, but not as much as he love…

Mayor Kota Young's announcement this week of a "Day of Service" in the community next Saturday, April 27, should spur all of us who call Princeton and Caldwell County home to do something in return for the community we love.

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Don’t call ICE to deport me, but the name you see at the bottom of this column isn’t my real one. Yes, it was the name I was given at birth, but something happened around the time I turned 7 years old that, to some people, changed it forever.

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Is it possible to not realize your own happiness? Or, when looking back, do you see it only because of nostalgia, wrapped up in the lie of “the good old days”?

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I never asked why my paternal grandparents decided to move to western Kentucky. Maybe I just assumed. In the mid-20th century, they were the definition of hillbillies — dirt-poor folk out of Harlan County with a mess of kids and all the strange dialect and mannerisms of Appalachia.

Last week's high winds in the county were nothing compared to the four tornadoes that touched down in western Kentucky, including the EF-2 that caused major damage to portions of western McCracken County.

I came across an interesting observation today. Since early November 2000, there has been a continuous human presence on the International Space Station; ever since that date, at least one astronaut - male or female, from any of 17 countries…

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Eighteen members of the Kentucky American Legion Family: American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion attended the 59th Annual Washington Conference at our Nation's Capitol from Feb. 24 to 27.