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But it's more than a bit ironic that in a $23-$24 billion budget, the way legislators have chosen to "save" money is to make it more difficult for taxpayers to see how they are spending all that money in the first place.

 

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The General Assembly is currently in session, and that means every resident of the Commonwealth needs to be paying attention to what is going on in Frankfort. House Bill 195 proposes a public notice solution that is inefficient at best, and a train wreck for transparency.

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Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling has lost the trust of the community and his legal reputation is stained. It is the consensus opinion of this newspaper’s editorial board that he should resign and vacate his elected office immediately.

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"Hendricks for South Western Kentucky" doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "Hendricks for Hoptown," but it is evident that naming Hopkinsville's mayor the new executive director of the regional economic development council could benefit all three counties the organization serves.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Don’t read this alone in the dark. That thing under your bed might get anxious. The monsters that come to life when the lights go out would know. The dead-eyed woman on the ceiling above you might get angry.

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If disappointment were a currency, the people who have believed in me along the way would be driving European sports cars on the way to their waterfront villas.

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The road to becoming president of Hopkinsville Community College has been long for Dr. Alissa Young, but it was a journey of inspiration, compassion and growth.

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Every April, after spring has actually sprung, a cheerful little flower pops up all over town and reminds me of a cherished heritage that never fails to put a lump in my throat.

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentuckians flattened the curve by staying home as much as possible. While that action was necessary and saved lives, it also led to a large number of people putting off important medical care.

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Since Sept. 8, Christian County Public Schools has been back in session for the first time since March 13, 2020. We have utilized the Healthy at School guidelines, adapted to the current pandemic requirements, collaborated with our local health department, and executed a successful re-entry …

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‘Tis a strange world we inhabit. We have a president from a privileged family tell Bob Woodward — another person from a privileged family, but one who believes he might have some responsibility for promoting equality and helping the less fortunate — that he “has really drunk the (liberal) Ko…

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Congress is set to adjourn at the end of this month, yet its biggest and most urgent piece of business remains undone. With the economy unravelling further from the continuing pandemic and the end of CARES Act stimulus funds, it’s critical that Congress provide a strong additional relief package.

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Marches, protests and demonstrations, on the street or now online, are how the United States talks to itself. And, to the benefit of the nation, we are doing a lot of talking these days.

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As we move deeper into the political season from a national, state and local perspective, I find it most appropriate that myself and the residents of Ward 1 give a well-deserved thank you to the city of Hopkinsville for the visible improvements and infrastructural strides that have been made…