• Cents and sensibility – advice from the taxman

    By Harry VanWhy

    A couple of weeks ago my granddaughter Vanessa invited me to have lunch with her for book fair week at Glasscock Elementary School. I was very proud that she wanted me to visit her at her school (even though I knew the purpose was to buy her a new book from the book fair!) During my visit there however it became quite apparent to me how badly her school needed some repair and maintenance attention.

  • The nickel makes sense

    By Bill Adams, Ph.D

  • Vote for future progress, vote for the nickel

    By Joe F. Mattingly

    I was just going through the bills I’ve gotten last week that I put in a stack as the week goes and sit down on Thursday nights and write out some checks and get in the mail on Fridays. Believe me when I tell you I know what tight times are. I’ve been self-employed now for 40 years and have had to use some inventive money management techniques to get bills paid, make payrolls, and try to acquire additional properties of which I can use to finance my retirement at some point in time.  

  • What the nickel will do for our kids and community

    By Tara Tatum

  • We want the best for our children

    By Kurt and Amy Mattingly

    We are Marion County, born and raised. We are products of the Marion County schools and community. We moved away for a brief period to obtain degrees, then returned home to marry, work and raise a family. We believe in Marion County for our futures, for our schools, and for our children. Now it’s Marion County’s turn to believe in us.

  • One last visit

    Memories of my past flash in front of my eyes every few seconds as I walk around my old house in Marion, Kentucky. The country home is surrounded by fields and woods where I spent most of my youth. So little has changed, yet everything is different.
    As groups of people carry out couches, tables and boxes, I can’t help but remember the day that groups of people (some of them the same individuals) were carrying those items into the house. That was 16 years ago, almost to the date.
    Everything is the same, yet everything is different.

  • Keep your child safe on Halloween

    The weather is cooling down and we are quickly approaching the holiday season with Halloween right around the corner. Along with attending all sorts of fall festivities and celebrations, children have begun carefully selecting their next costume for trick-or-treating. And while this should always be a family event, there are extra ways to keep your child safe.
    The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some great tips for safe Halloween fun:

  • October spotlights manufacturing

    By Terri Thomas

    The fifth annual national Manufacturing Day was Oct. 7, and manufacturing and the sector’s career opportunities were in the spotlight. Local communities across the country have designated a day, a week or the entire month as a time to recognize and promote the interesting, innovative and rewarding careers found in manufacturing facilities.

  • Entrepreneurial Summit brings resources, expertise to veterans


    Throughout the Lincoln Trail region, you’ll find strong connections to our nation’s military and a deep appreciation for the men and women who serve our country. At the same time, ours is a region that strongly supports entrepreneurship and small businesses. It’s no surprise that so many veterans have chosen to start businesses in Central Kentucky.

  • Stuck in the desert

    I didn’t have a thermometer, but the temperature under the blazing sun had to be more than 100 degrees. Looking to my left and right, all I could see was sand and dried bushes for miles and miles. The road behind and in front of me blurred in the distance, the type of blur you see when you look just inches above a roaring fire. This whole place felt like it was on fire. After all, we were stuck in the California desert.