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We are living in an unprecedented time and the COVID pandemic has been the most challenging and stressful experience in our lives, but together we can defeat this nasty virus and make our community stronger than ever.

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November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, a time for us to bring attention to the prevalence of homeless youth within Kentucky and create an awareness of the challenges faced by students and families experiencing homelessness.

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Voters have finished casting their ballots for the 2020 General Election in Kentucky. Although I am disappointed with the results of my race, I would like to thank each of you for allowing me the opportunity to be your voice in Frankfort over the years. During my tenure in the Kentucky Gener…

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We owe a lot to our local health departments, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they have become more invaluable to our communities than ever before.

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October Interim Joint Committee (IJC) meetings kicked off last week with numerous officials from several organizations testifying in Frankfort.

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For more than 200 years, the residents of the United States of America have gone to the polls to cast their votes for who should be the leader of the nation or local municipalities for a term.

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It’s likely that, when the history of the COVID-19 pandemic is written and discussed in the future, one of the biggest failures to be identified will be that of missing the mark — doing the right things, but in the wrong ways.

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We, as voters, have some very important choices to make in the upcoming weeks. We will be choosing school board members, city commissioners, state and U.S. senate positions, representatives, supreme court positions and least we forget the granddaddy of them all — the president.

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We reached an important milestone recently at the University of Kentucky. With about 50 days left until Thanksgiving, we crossed the halfway point of this unprecedented semester.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in the last school year, school districts nationwide did what they could. Many of them moved with no experience into virtual instruction. Parents did the best they could to make the best choices educationally for their children, but it was all new territory.

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Information is flying at us all at a more rapid pace than ever in our world’s history. Just picking up your mobile device subjects you to an unending barrage of information — some valuable, some not.

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I have said that Prestonsburg has been a very progressive city in Eastern Kentucky and recent events show they are leading the region.

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How often have we heard the phrase that “it is time to turn down the temperature on the rhetoric,” rhetoric used to drive the public discussion on the issue of the day? Rhetoric comes in many forms, but regardless of whether it is a headline on the front page of a local or national newspaper…

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There is chilling news in Frankfort as a close friend and colleague, Senator Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, was diagnosed with COVID-19. He admitted himself to the hospital after experiencing mild symptoms, and his prognosis is good. Sen. Neal is a champion and fighter for his community in the s…

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There’s a difficult issue that we must recognize and discuss during this ongoing pandemic. It’s one that many of us may not want to acknowledge because it can have devastating impacts on our families and communities.

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Labor Day is traditionally celebrated with parades, festivals, and recreational activities for our country’s workers and their families. However, this year is a bit more unconventional than years before. Like many of the planned festivities in 2020, including the 146th Kentucky Derby which w…

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In 2019, the National Safety Council estimates, 38,000 people lost their lives in automobile crashes.

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Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, we warned on this page that people needed to be careful and thoughtful regarding the information they share on social media. That is doubly true during a divisive and controversial political season.

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The concept of justice, blind and impartial, was made a part of the foundation of the United States since its beginnings as a nation. Provided for in the U.S. Constitution and in the other foundational documents, justice is undoubtedly an ideal we, as a people, have attempted to use as a gui…

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So far I’m not a big fan of 2020. I have a hip that is taking time to get used to, the only 19 I’m getting in the COVID-19 is 19 extra pounds. The country is burning and no one has answers and a new fire that burned down the food pantry depleted a already low inventory of food. Something’s g…

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We’re still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Despite the fact that we’re in the beginning stages of reopening our economy, we still have a long way to go before we can declare, “Mission accomplished.”

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No one’s life is safe from disruption right now. Many are facing health crises and family crises directly connected to COVID-19. Even those whose lives have not been touched by this virus are fighting other effects such as the closure of a business or loss of a job or even just a disconnecti…

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The U.S. Postal Service is committed to delivering your mail and packages throughout the current pandemic. We are proud of our role in providing an essential service to every community. The one constant throughout this crisis has been our commitment to fulfilling the vital mission of the Pos…

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With all the problems Floyd County residents are facing because of the coronavirus, we know that the last thing residents will want to do is fill out paperwork that isn’t directly tied to what they need to fill out to meet their immediate needs, like getting unemployment or healthcare or foo…

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On Sunday, Christians across the world will do as they have done for thousands of years — celebrate Easter, the day of Jesus’ resurrection on the third day after His death by crucifixion.

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As we come to terms with the realization of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, it’s time for all Floyd County residents to realize that we are not the exception to the rule.

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Well after the close of business on Monday, March 16, a frantic Floyd County resident called the Floyd Chronicle and Times office, wanting to know if something she saw on Facebook was true.

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Our communities and the world around us have been undergoing a few drastic changes of late, thanks to a virus that none of us really knew anything about not so long ago.

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“Government ought to be all outside and no inside ... Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places, and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety.”  

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