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Today's News

  • Retirement of state workers up 37 percent from previous year

    The number of Kentuckians who will retire from state and local government in September is up 37 percent from one year earlier, according to data released Wednesday by the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

    Overall, 746 state and local government employees will retire this month. The average number of September retirements over the previous four years was 542. Retirements from public service also were up noticeably during August.

  • Flat license plates will be available in ‘19

    Kentuckians would be able to order flat license plates online as soon as early 2019 under a proposed overhaul of the state’s licensing system.

    John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the state Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation, told a legislative panel Tuesday that Kentucky could save $320,000 a year if it modernizes its license plate production and distribution system.

    Instead of the current embossed plates with raised lettering, the new plates would be smooth and have the capacity to accommodate more letters and numbers on them.

  • Rep. Tipton announces he’ll seek re-election to Kentucky Legislature

     

    Representative James Allen Tipton announced last week that he will run for re-election to the Kentucky State House of Representatives.

  • AG Beshear issues scam alert on Equifax

    Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert Monday to help make Kentuckians aware of the Equifax data breach, and provided tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

    Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit-reporting agencies, recently announced a major data breach that could affect about 143 million American customers.

  • Tipton: Your voice is being heard on pension crisis
  • FROM OUR READERS - Clearing up some pension misconceptions

    With the news about the Commonwealth’s pension systems this week, I’m reminded of the old adage that a lie makes 50 tweets at the departure gate before the truth has a chance to turn off Airplane mode. Put simply, there’s a lot of fear and trepidation about the state’s various pension systems, and understandably so—these pensions in many cases represent the livelihood of individuals and their families. However, there are also a lot of misrepresentations so hopefully this letter will help assuage some of the fears by providing some essential facts.

  • Stop ranking professions

    The pension crisis that’s been ignored and avoided for years is finally being addressed by leaders in Frankfort. The realities are harsh, the numbers don’t add up, and the solutions being suggested so far might require sacrifice, pain and more than a little compromise.

    Problem-solving is a task best performed when we attack the issue, and not each other. But given that this issue directly impacts our bank accounts, people are drawing battle lines, digging in and it’s about to get ugly.

  • Spencer County proud

    Cody Milburn wasn’t looking for fame or pats on the back when he initiated a drive to collect water, food, and other items to help the people of southeast Texas recover from historic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last week.

    His intentions weren’t self-serving, but were about serving those in need.

    But perhaps they will also serve as reminders that when tragedy strikes, our best possible response should be empathy, compassion and yes - action.

  • Church Happenings - Week of Se[tember 6, 2017

    Plum Creek Baptist to host Hometown Heroes

    Plum Creek Baptist Church invites the community to “Hometown Heroes,” a community celebration to honor the heroes of 9/11 and honor local heroes and first responders. Everyone is invited to the event on Sunday, September 10 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with fireworks beginning around 8 p.m. The day will also include free food, games, a car cruise, live music and prizes.

    Fall Revival at Second Baptist Church

  • Don’t join club of complainers

    Have you ever read this verse in the Bible? “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1 ESV)  Now Job is a man who had plenty of troubles, so I can understand how he comes to this conclusion.  But then it occurred to me, I hear a lot of people with the same complaint.