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  • Kentucky gets a 'D' on gender wage gap

    By Pam Wright
    The Advocate-Messenger

    So you Know: Equal Pay Day was Tuesday. The date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Originating in 1966 by the National Committee on Pay Equity, the day is meant to bring awareness to the gap between men’s and women’s wages. Those supporting equal pay for men and women wore red to commemorate the day.
    Kentucky is not faring well when it comes to gender pay equality, according to the results of a resent report.

  • Study explains workforce needs

    By Taryn Phaneuf
    Bowling Green Daily News

    After decades of watching demand for a more educated workforce increase dramatically, researchers have identified the cause.
    Productivity improvements, consumer demands and technological advances have moved many American jobs out of factories and into offices, hospitals and schools, according to a study published today by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

  • Kentucky launches aerospace study

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed a resolution recently to kick start a study into the aviation and aerospace industry and its impact on Kentucky's economy. The goal of the study is to expand on an area that has already become the state's largest export.

  • SCC finances under review

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    Recently, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 544 schools that are being kept under a close eye after questions were raised in regard to finances. Of those, 69 schools reportedly face an investigation for “severe” findings in their audit. Included among those 69 schools was St. Catharine College.

  • Celebrating all things handmade

    The third annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival took place Saturday at the distillery in Loretto. The festival celebrates all things handmade, and 27 vendors from across the country were on hand to share their handcrafted items with the public. The festival was free, and also included handcrafted food and cocktails, music and a self-guided tour of the distillery. The distillery was expecting 5,000 people to attend the festival, which is held annually on the second Saturday in April.
     

  • Lebanon man gets five years for attempted rape, sodomy

    Christopher Reardon, 24, of 25 Parish Avenue in Lebanon was sentenced to five years in prison in Marion Circuit Court recently for second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, three counts of attempted third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree attempted sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse. Reardon also was ordered to register as a sex offender for 20 years.

  • Four polling places will be moving

    Voters in the Calvary, Firehouse, Glasscock and St. Charles precincts will be going somewhere new to cast their ballots in the Primary Election on May 19.
    "We're trying to keep them as close as possible to where they are now," Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly said.
    Three of those precincts have been moved from inside schools to other locations. Marion County Public Schools officials have been discussing moving those polling places with the county clerk because the change will allow the school district to use election day as a make-up day.

  • “She cared about her employees”

    Marlene Ann Smith never lived in Lebanon, but she left an impact on the community when she decided to open a factory here 29 years ago.
    Smith became the president of Plastic Products when her husband, Willard, died in 1975. The company was struggling at the time, but under her leadership, it opened six factories, purchased Schilling Plastics and reopened Smith Metal Products. When she retired in 2013, the company was valued at $150 million.
    Smith died on April 5. She was 79 years old.

  • Election: Five Democrats trying to replace outgoing treasurer

    Kentucky Democrats will have plenty of options when they go to the polls May 19 to select their nominees.
    Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is in the final year of his second term in office, so he is ineligible for re-election.
    Neville Blakemore of Louisville, Jim Glenn of Owensboro, Daniel B. Grossberg of Louisville, Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling and Rick Nelson of Middlesboro are seeking to succeed Hollenbach.

  • Platinum performance

    A Marion County High School student can claim to be a part of the 1 percent, at least academically.
    Senior Ben Roberts achieved a "platinum" score on the ACT WorkKeys test. He is one of 11 students to attain that level out of more than 10,000 Kentucky students who took the exam, according to Marion County Area Technology Center Principal Brandon Bardin.
    That also placed Roberts among the top 1 percent of test-takers nationally, Bardin said.