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  • Sen. Steve West: Legislative Update in the General Assembly

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort.
    A flurry of bills were sent to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Viewpoint

    I was out of town last week and missed the opportunity to commemorate one of the most important laws adopted by our forefathers.
    Last week was “Sunshine Week,” which celebrates the Sunshine Law. In Kentucky, that’s the Open Meetings, Open Records Law. Federally, it’s the Freedom of Information Act.
    The Sunshine Laws are to help everyone -- not just idealistic journalists -- ensure an accountable government.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Upright monument
    6. Likewise
    9. *Eagle’s talon
    13. *Entrances to groundhogs’ burrows
    14. Objective male pronoun
    15. CuraÁao neighbor
    16. Islam’s Supreme Being
    17. A in IPA
    18. More silent
    19. *Beaver-like rodent
    21. *a.k.a Brown bear
    23. Popular Thanksgiving tuber
    24. SWAT attack
    25. Between game and match
    28. O. Henry’s “The Gift of the ___”
    30. Make numb
    35. ____sack

  • Crape Myrtles and full disclosure about Toby

    It is time for some catch up and reminders etc. First off, we are all beginning to think spring and planting and flowering shrubs. So, it is a great time to make our plans to put out one or more Crape Myrtles. There are folks who took up that suggestion last fall and planted and during the winter have had occasion to let me know. I have heard from readers in such varied locations as our big box store, restaurants, grocery, church—lots of places.

  • Viewpoint

    It’s so refreshing that the fine arts are apparently making a resurgence at Harrison County High School.
    Next weekend students from HCHS, along with several students from the middle school and the four elementary schools in the district, will  put on four performances of The Wizard of Oz.

  • Spring Open House this weekend in Cynthiana

    This weekend marks the second annual Downtown Spring Open House.
    Participating merchants will be open late on Friday, until 7 p.m. offering specials, discounts, door prizes, samples and great deals.
    Can’t make it Friday evening? No worries. You can still get great deals, specials and have fun shopping on Saturday.
    Cynthiana Main Street will be hosting its bunny hop drawing, which is open to everyone. No purchase is necessary to participate.

  • Senator Steve West’s legislative update: session ends March 30

    Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 session.
    The senate is quickly passing the remaining senate bills out and receiving bills from the house for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted no time this week and passed over 40 pieces of legislation including:
    •Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in order to better align case loads with current census data;

  • Viewpoint

    I love it when government shows that it can compromise.
    That’s exactly what happened Tuesday night when Cynthiana Mayor James Smith announced that the city would be pursuing limited parking on Pike Street between Church Street and 315 Pike St.

  • Toby and a nose for news

    Honestly, these days it is hard to listen to the news reports. We are all so mad at each other. One side mad because they have less power, the other side mad because those other people are giving them fits about how they are administering their new power. And the cycle continues. Friends find themselves unable to talk about subjects once open, now forbidden, else we offend. My side, your side, whose side, we are all siding and to what effect?