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Columns

  • Opportunity awaits those with technical aptitude

    By Mary Cambron

    The skilled tradespeople working in today’s manufacturing sector have a lot going for them. They have interesting, innovation-driven careers that offer good pay, longevity and skills development that provides security as well as advancement opportunities.
    But here’s the issue: there are too few electricians, machinists, welders and others to meet the demand of the thriving manufacturing sector here in the Lincoln Trail region and across the country.

  • 2017 session nearing its end

    Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 session. The Senate is quickly passing the remaining Senate bills out and receiving bills from the House for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the Senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted little time this week and passed more than 40 pieces of legislation including:
    • Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in order to better align caseloads with current census data;

  • State working to combat drug epidemic

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    As the end of the regular session draws near, we continue work on behalf of the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to combat our state’s drug epidemic, protect innocent life, and support our firefighters and veterans.

  • ‘Welcoming the Stranger’

    Editor’s note: The following is a statement of the Loretto Community.

  • Kentuckians have almost $500 million in unclaimed property

    By Doug Price

    Find a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck so the poem goes.  What if you could find hundreds of dollars? The Kentucky State Treasurer’s (KST) office may be able to help. KST administers the unclaimed property fund for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and reports that Kentuckians have almost $500 million in unclaimed property.

  • Senate takes action on major education bill

    Visits from advocacy groups, a ceremonial bill signing, and rallies in the Capitol Rotunda, along with the bipartisan passage of bills, marked a busy week four of the 2017 legislative session. We were excited to welcome the children of Kentucky National Guard members from across the state for the First Annual Kentucky Military Kids Day.

  • Legislators half way through regular session

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed
     
    We are now more than half way through the 2017 regular session and work continues for the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to ensure student athlete safety, help our state’s veterans, and support our first responders.

  • Local Workforce Board seeks your input in regional strategic plan

    By Mo Miller

    We know that talent fuels our region’s economic prosperity. Businesses cannot succeed or grow without a skilled workforce. Communities cannot attract new business without an available workforce.

  • Be more kind

    Sometimes the smallest expression or act of kindness can literally save a life.
    Sunday I was watching one of my favorite shows, CBS Sunday Morning, and there was a story about an 82-year-old widower in Georgia whose life was changed by a little girl at a grocery store. Her innocent, loving expression of kindness gave him a reason to live again.
    Dan Peterson fell into a deep depression after his wife, Mary, died. He admitted that after her death, he was just waiting to die.
    Until he met Nora Wood.

  • General Assembly taking steps to make Kentucky the best version of itself

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    The people’s work continues in the General Assembly as a busy third week of the regular session comes to a close. The House has taken steps to protect the brave men and women who serve our communities in uniform, educate students on opioid abuse prevention, honor our state’s veterans, and make government open and transparent to the hardworking taxpayers of Kentucky.