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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 have to write. It's how I express myself and what I’m feeling. Words and characters, strung together in deliberate order, are the means by which I decompress and bring myself to fully understand the world around me.

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As resumes go, it's hard to fathom a better fit to fill John McCain's Senate seat than the nation's first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat -- Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.

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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.

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After two long years of fruitlessly trying to kill Obamacare, the Republican Party and President Trump have been given a political hand grenade by a federal judge in Texas to get the job done.

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An Associated Press poll of state editors, news directors and reporters voted the Marshall County High School shooting, which claimed the lives of two teens, as the top news story of 2018. We beg to differ.

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President Donald Trump’s statement siding with Saudi Arabia on the issue of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi sent shockwaves through American media and Washington, D.C., raising questions about America’s commitment to holding accountable regimes that commit human-rights atrocities.

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 The financial health of the federal government has been deteriorating for decades. Unable to break free from our bipartisan addiction to deficit spending, the national debt has continued to rise relentlessly. This has brought us within sight of a grim milestone: the day when the interest th…

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As newly elected congresswomen are poised to color this city blue, one wonders what effect they’ll realistically have on the gridlock known as the House of Representatives.

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I don’t know why, but I’m convinced some people enjoy being miserable. Everything new and good is destined to fail, every dollar spent is a waste and each smile on a child’s face is caused by something morally destitute.

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A stranger appeared just as we were sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. And he sat in the chair that we always leave empty to symbolize those, who due to death or distance, could not be with us this year. The stranger then began to talk—and even sometimes sing.

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When polarity defines us, it’s easy to lose sight of our common humanity. But all is not political, as nature increasingly reminds us. The fires in California that have destroyed lives, homes and towns — displacing thousands and wreaking havoc on the psyches of first-responders and reporters…

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About six months ago, a friend and I were talking about the 2020 presidential elections when he shared a startling prediction: President Trump would not seek re-election.

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Veterans Day has come and gone, and it has been heartening to see tributes to the nation’s servicemen and women, including multiple local residents both living and deceased, for the past few days on social media platforms.

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With the chill in the air and the leaves already falling, the holidays are just around the corner. Whether you’re hosting or being hosted, the old rule of not discussing religion, money, or politics serves as a reminder of the issues which can divide even those who love each other the most. …

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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.

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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