Boost for arts
It’s a fact of life that when money gets tight in the public schools, the arts are among the first areas in which to cut spending. In some ways, that’s understandable because for most people mastering mathematics or advanced biology seems more important than learning to paint a beautiful work of art or marching in the school band. But there is also ample evidence indicating how the arts can enhance learning in academic areas that seem little related to art, music and drama.
Thanksgiving is one week from today, but it already is beginning to look a lot like Christmas throughout the region. While we once considered the annual Ashland Christmas Parade on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving as the unofficial start of the Christmas season in this city, that no longer is the case.
Less of a loss
While the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s operation of its own laboratory to test gasoline and pesticides never lived up to its promise of not only saving the state money but actually earning a profit, it turns out the failed lab was not as costly as some feared.
Signs of progress
In many communities, the construction of a Holiday Inn Express and a Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant would be considered a rather minor story meriting only a brief mention on the business pages of the local newspaper. But in Ironton, Ohio, having a company based in Florida willing to invest so heavily in the community is big news indeed.
Taking the lead
For the first time since taking office in 2008, Attorney General Jack Conway will personally argue a case before the Kentucky Supreme. Here’s hoping he is effective enough to convince the justices on the state’s highest court of the rightness of his view. Not only is the outcome of this case important to Conway’s office, but it also is important to the successful prosecution of criminal cases throughout the state.
No longer failing
When Greenup County High School was designated as one of the state’s lowest performing schools in 2010, there is no question that it was a black mark not only on the high school but on the entire Greenup County School District.
With the prospect of Morehead State University losing its Army ROTC program that has been offered by the university for 45 years, MSU officials appealed to the politically powerful to help save the program that has not only trained generations of young Army officers but has helped many from families of modest means pay for their college education.
Choice is made
We break from our normal writing style today to offer some completely unsolicited and possibly unwanted advice to Benjamin Bitter, the 31-year-old senior management analyst with the city of Casa Grande, Ariz., who the Ashland Board of City Commissioners approved Wednesday as its new city manager.
Watch for deer!
Motorists who regularly travel the highways in Kentucky know that there is always a chance that a deer will suddenly dart into their path, particularly at dawn and dusk. However, state officials say the likelihood of colliding with a deer is much greater at this time of the year. That’s why they say motorists should be particularly cautious and always be prepared to suddenly brake for a darting deer.
While eastern Kentucky and Gatlinburg, Tenn., are seldom mentioned in the same breath, a new study commissioned by a branch of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is convinced eastern Kentucky has the potential to become a destination tourist area like the Tennessee town that is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park already is.
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