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On behalf of the Christian County Literacy Council, I would like to thank the many individuals and organizations who helped make our recent Beverly Whitfield Memorial Community Reader Day such a tremendous success. Over 150 individuals took time out of their busy schedules to visit in the 11…

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This Christmas season has been a bit challenging. Three weeks before Superlawn was scheduled to receive our annual Christmas tree shipment, our supplier of 15 years, called to say he would not be able to provide any trees this year. The reasons why are irrelevant. I am sure he is in as much …

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No one could have foreseen the abrupt shuttering of the city's prized bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite International last week. However, we are fortunate to see the Christian County community rally with grace and gumption around those affected.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Chip Hutcheson is a former sports editor for the New Era who went on to be publisher of the Princeton Times Leader, which was also part of the Kentucky New Era Media Group. In celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Kentucky New Era this weekend, Hutcheson shares some of his …

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Historically, newspaper editorial boards across the country have offered recommendations to their readership as to who they believe is best fit to represent and serve their communities. The Kentucky New Era has participated in this practice for some time.

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Breast cancer touches millions of lives each year. This week, and as we close out this special month, the Kentucky New Era is publishing informative articles about awareness, early detection and treatment. We are also featuring the very special stories of survivors in our community. We hope you will find them as inspirational as we do. Even if we do not battle the disease ourselves, we all know someone whose life has been affected, and we offer support as they prove their strength and resilience time and time again.

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Finding out you have cancer can feel like you've been hit with the weight of the world. I haven't experienced it personally, but I've interviewed enough women to know when you get that diagnosis, you need a lifeline like the Pink Ribbon Network to lighten the load.

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Finding out you have cancer can feel like you've been hit with the weight of the world. I haven't experienced it personally, but I've interviewed enough women to know when you get that diagnosis, you need a lifeline like the Pink Ribbon Network to lighten the load.

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Young talent matters and more communities are doing what it takes to attract and retain young professionals to work, live and play.

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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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