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Columns

  • Pension plan is not perfect, but it’s a good step in the right direction
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week: A celebration of innovation

    By Lisa Boone

    Communities in more than 165 countries are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Nov. 13-19, a time to help potential entrepreneurs explore the possibilities of turning their bright idea into a thriving business. Here in the Lincoln Trail region, we’re excited to again be counted among those communities, especially considering the immense role entrepreneurship plays in our economy.

  • Will run for burgers

    Running a 200-mile overnight relay race across Kentucky with little to no sleep might not sound like much fun to you. In fact, to some folks, it probably sounds like a form of torture or punishment. But, every year, thousands of runners from all over the state, country and beyond voluntarily participate in such an event. It’s called The Bourbon Chase - a relay race in which teams of runners cover 200 miles along the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

  • What parents need to know: As told by the experts, their kids

    By Katherine L. Stone, Ph.D. and Laura Bonzo-Sims, Ed.D.

    As we have all read in the journals, seen in the classrooms and in our offices, parents are hungry for the secrets to parenting their child toward success. They seek answers from researched books, highly acclaimed TED talks, and from professionals behind the desk. One important group of experts often overlooked is the group who can give us information straight from the trenches, the kids themselves.

  • Three questions parents need to ask before ‘helping’

    By Katherine L. Stone, Ph.D. and Laura Bonzo-Sims, Ed.D.

  • Manufacturing Month shines light on opportunities, training resources

    By Daniel Carney

    In the Lincoln Trail region and across Kentucky, employers, educators, economic development professionals and community organizations are turning their attention to modern manufacturing.
    One of our economy’s strongest engines, manufacturers employ more than one of every five workers in our eight-county region. Further, the industry offers plenty of opportunity for new workers as demand grows and older workers retire.

  • One heck of a ride

    Do you have a bucket list?
    You know, a list of things you’d like to do before you kick the bucket… Do you have one?
    I have one written in my head. I’ve never truly sat down and made a list. But, I should. We all should.

  • Waking up to the boom in natural gas

    By Andrea Woodward
    Guest columnist

  • K-12 plays vital role in region’s workforce development strategy

    By Dr. Evelyn A. Ellis

    The Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board (LTWDB) is embarking on a comprehensive effort to address the workforce supply crisis our region faces. The factors affecting labor participation rates are varied and complex, ranging from a technical skills gap, to a lack of soft skills, to a lack of awareness as well the multitude of barriers to employment some in our communities face.

  • Army ROTC: From college to officer

    By Ken Begley
    Guest columnist

    I’ve served on active duty and the Army Reserve for 42 years as an enlisted man in a wide variety of units and leadership positions. My time is almost over as I will be retired at the end of October when I reach 60.
    It’s been interesting, fun, scary at times, and most of all rewarding.
    My deepest regret is not taking Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) as a cadet when I was in college and becoming an officer in the U.S. Army. I feel I could have done so much more if I had.