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Wow, who would have known that when Gov. Matt Bevin announced a partnership and the investment of $15 million of Kentucky’s tax dollars with Braidy Industries, that Kentuckians would trade away millions of tax dollars and tax incentives not only in exchange for the promise of 600 so-called h…

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Floyd County high school students are walking across the stage this week, bidding farewell to 12 years they’ve spent trying to figure out what makes the world go round. Hopefully, they’ve gained all the tools they need to start building a path that will help them pursue their dreams. Hopeful…

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The story of Trump-haters Michael Avenatti and Stormy Daniels keeps getting more and more sordid. It reminds me of a story in the Bible. If you’ll recall, a vulnerable guy named Adam was the first man to let a seductive gal named Eve lead him down the wrong path, and it’s been happening to u…

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Nearly 79 percent of Floyd County voters stayed home during the primary election on Tuesday, and what makes that fact even sadder is that the number of voters who turned out in Floyd County is higher than the turnout in Kentucky.  

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Alabama has a total ban on abortion and Hollywood is going crazy.

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I had another birthday this past Sunday and if I’d known I was going to live this long I would’ve taken better care of myself. Actually, I should probably forego the beer and pizza and start acting my age, but who’d want to grow old like that? At least I’m not one of those childish Democrats…

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How much are parents willing to pay, or jeopardize, to get their kids into college? The answer is, in some cases, in addition to obscene tuition costs, parents are willing to risk millions and go to jail. 

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In the words of Mark Twain, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Those words echo and define how our governor has spent the past several years, months, weeks and even days …

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A television actor that I’d never heard of before hired two pumped-up Nigerian pool boys to beat him up in Chicago. Turns out Jussie Smollett’s goal was to gain sympathy from his fellow elite Hollywood liberals by blaming the concocted hoax on white Trump supporters. He paid $3,500 for a del…

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In the words of Harry S. Truman, “America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”  Imagine those same simple words on a billboard on the road to rural America, or on a road to Eastern Kentucky which reads, “Welcome to Eastern Kentucky whic…

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A recent lawsuit filed in the Sandy Hook shooting pits the families of the victims against the manufacturer of the gun used in that tragedy. The lawsuit claims the marketing tactics used by the manufacturer targeted violent youths. If other cases like Purdue-Pharma and the tobacco industry a…

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The gorgeous weather this past weekend was perfect for volunteers to come out and help clean up Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and Dewey Lake for the 28th Annual Operation Clean Sweep. More than 200 people showed up and took the time to prepare the park for the upcoming outdoor season. 

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It’s been a busy week in the webb wide whirled. If I can get your signature on this, we’ll get started.

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This newspaper strives to ensure that our readers are kept informed about local government matters, and that requires us to point out when local leaders are making mistakes and/are are not holding themselves accountable to taxpayers. 

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The heavy rains that have recently pummeled the region are particularly unwelcome this time of year. They remind us of some of the darkest days that this county has ever faced.

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You would think that a tiny city in rural Eastern Kentucky that has a history of corruption and cronyism would exercise the epitome of transparency and eliminate the back-door politics. They apparently haven’t learned their lesson.  

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Recently, in this space, we called for the Martin City Council to pump the brakes on a planned annexation, mainly due to fundamental flaws in the process by which the city was attempting to take in hundreds of acres of property.

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Editor’s note: The following open letter was mailed to officials with the City of Martin regarding a special meeting that was set Feb. 9. For more information on the meeting, which was ultimately canceled, see the story in today’s edition.

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Usually you hear about buying local during the holidays. You want to thank a veteran on Veteran’s Day and praise Jesus on Easter, but these displays, like buying local, should be practiced all year long.

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The Kentucky General Assembly will resume the 2019 Legislative session Tuesday, Feb. 5 with the task of vetting hundreds of bills dealing with complex issues.

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Our communities consist of residences, restaurants, grocery stores, repair shops, gas stations, pharmacies, schools and hospitals. We are neighbors and family. We do not intend to be separated. Martin does not have the right, morally, to come into our communities to disturb our way of life, …

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In light of concerns raised during the Martin City Council’s Jan. 22 meeting, we thought it may be helpful for us to let the public know, according to Kentucky Open Meetings laws, they have the right to observe the public meetings of any local government body and they have the right to file …

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Forget about the Russians, ISIS, the Chinese or North Korea, we are becoming our own worst enemy. 

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission hearing held in Frankfort last week for the Southern Water & Sewer District rate increase application left a lot of questions unanswered.

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The 153rd regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly convened this week with more than 150 bills already filed. 

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