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Bringing about a flurry of facts and a storm of misconceptions, Kentucky's pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories in recent months. One thing is for certain: if our state pensions are not addressed in the very near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. E…

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Back in 2013, I moved to Franklin fresh out of college and more than a little green. Somehow, in the fall of that year, the folks at the Franklin Favorite decided to take a chance on me. And since that time, I've been part of a community that I will never be able to forget.

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With the Kentucky General Assembly set to reconvene in regular session on Tuesday, Feb. 7, work continues in Frankfort on an important committee that meets monthly to consider investments in the health and agricultural wealth of the Commonwealth.

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The ending of Christmas can be a mix of many different feelings and emotions that can sometimes be confusing. As my post-Christmas gift to you, here's a handy guide to help you work through them all.

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Editor's note: Stan Portmann was the editor of the Franklin Favorite from 1953 to 1984. In his memory, the Franklin Favorite annually publishes his column entitled, "Christmas is..." This column first appeared in 1969, and has been published each Christmas for the past 47 years as a holiday …

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My earliest memory is from age two. My sister and I were using a combine harvester as a jungle gym when I missed the bar and landed hard on my feet. No one noticed anything wrong at first. I was young enough that suddenly wanting to be carried around more didn't seem odd. It wasn't until day…

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I'm not Serena Williams, and currently, I don't hold any endorsements for Nike. I don't have 22 Grand Slam titles nor have I been able to master a proper growl after winning points. But after 40-some years, I still love the sound a can of tennis balls makes when opened and the fresh, pressur…

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Reality is hard. Sometimes things are made to look so easy when you're looking at them from the outside and watching someone else do them. Ice skating, for instance. You watch and they're so graceful, so elegant, and you think to yourself how hard could it really be to strap blades onto your…

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Sometimes I feel really sorry for people who don't lead as glamorous a life as myself. It's a gift I've been given and I try really hard not to take it for granted. I mean, just the other day as I was in the school pick-up line, eating my cheeseburger I grabbed on the way after running fifty…

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I think it's safe to say everyone in the area is back in school. Parents everywhere rejoice. Kids everywhere weep. Parents everywhere toss over one of the 18 boxes of tissues they had to buy to wipe their kid's tears. Parents continue rejoicing.

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I've been doing my best to avoid birthday parties. Having them, I mean, not going to them. I'm not that anti-social. Well, actually I am that anti-social, but the thing about birthday parties is that a) my kids enjoy them because they seemingly have not inherited my "avoid people always" gen…

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Recent reports on underage drinking in the United States reveal good news and bad news. On the bright side, the National Institute on Drug Abuse announced in June that its "Monitoring the Future" survey shows decreasing use of alcohol among 8th through 12th graders. However, the Substance Ab…

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Having kids can no doubt bring out the absolute best in a person and the absolute worst. Most days it's somewhere in between with the occasional burst of either extreme. Okay, who am I kidding, the extreme on the "worst" side maybe comes out a bit more often, no matter how hard I try to keep…

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This morning, as I sit down to write this, I have just dropped my kids off for their first day of school and I'm sitting here in silence. Beautiful, luxurious, healing silence. I happen to have a lot to do today, otherwise I can guarantee you I'd sit in this comatose state staring at the wal…

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I'm swiftly sailing into uncharted territory here with my oldest child. Not so much swiftly sailing into, more like hurled face-first into an angry sea, without a life jacket, surrounded by sharks, sharks that want to rip your face off but also want you to take them Pokemon hunting. It's weird.

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"High Noon" -- the best western movie ever. The best leadership movie ever. Produced in 1952 and watched by President Eisenhower to gain leadership insight.

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Once upon a time, summers were magical, mystical moments of joy. That last day of school was bigger than Christmas. At such a high altitude of giddiness, if you didn't pace yourself, you could easily pass out when the bell rang.

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We're entering the homestretch. So far, I've learned a lot about how to survive the rest of the summer. Feel free to let me know if you have any others. Together, we can survive this.

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For decades, Kentucky has proudly mined the coal that fuels America. Coal still generates more than a third of U.S. electricity -- more than any other single power source last year -- and provides thousands of good jobs for states like Kentucky.

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There are a few things on my mind this morning as I sit down to write my column for this week that range from heavy topics, like our flawed two-party political disaster, to having no idea how to dress my age, to the archfiend time-suck that is HGTV.

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Throughout life, you inadvertently leave behind relationships you feel will last forever -- quite frequently being led from one place to another before you get a chance to become rooted. This summer I was planted in Franklin for my first internship. Once I got past the tractors driving on th…

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As this summer creeps by, I am feeling something very new and strange for me...I'm dreading it coming to an end. Usually by this time I'm counting the days for the kids to be back in school, to gain some sense of normalcy, a routine, some peace and quiet in a house where I'm not hearing two …

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When my daughter was young, she never could say something was "the same"; she would say "same as." Now that she's grown, she has no trouble with similar things, but "same as" stuck with me. Are we having chicken for dinner again? Yep, same as.

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A couple months ago I began renovating my house. What was supposed to be a two-week project is now coming to an end after four months. Four long, depressing, terrifying, expensive, frustrating, stressful months.

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The Fourth of July gives us all a chance to reflect on our country and to take pride in our nation's enduring principles. It is the day on which the Declaration of Independence was ratified by exemplary visionaries who dared to create a new form of government and new laws for a new people. F…

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With the temperatures suddenly going from pleasant to deathscape, summer has come upon us with a bang! As I may have mentioned a few hundred times, this is my least favorite time of year. I really don't even understand the purpose of summer. Was God just mad at us? "Ok, so part of the year w…

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Less than 24 hours after one of the worst mass shootings in our nation's history, political opportunists fired up rhetoric that grated our already raw emotions. "If only there were better gun control laws." "If only less anti-gay rhetoric." "If only full acceptance of the LGBT community‚Ķ" Fi…

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Father's Day is June 19, and it's more than just an excuse to buy greeting cards, power tools, novelty neckties and, yes, bacon-scented candles. It's a great time to recognize that dads really do matter. Moms are amazing and important, too, but we must remember what a vital role dads are mea…

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When you were six, you swore to me you were on a path straight for the NHL. We couldn't shake you either. There was passion in your eyes and grit in your heart. You wore the jersey everywhere you went, including to bed, because sure-fire, you were a Red Wings hockey player in the making. Tho…