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Columns

  • Enjoy Kentucky’s upcoming fall festivals

    Kentucky has a treasured tradition in its unique fall festivals held across the commonwealth. With fall comes the pageantry and showcase of characteristics that make our different regions unique. These are also opportunities that communities use as homecomings for friends and family, who visit, as well as a chance to show tourists some of our local traditions and culture.

  • We should all celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17

    It may not be celebrated as much as Independence Day, but Constitution Day is arguably just as important. While July 4 recognizes the birth of our nation, Sept. 17 commemorates the day we established the cornerstone of our government and secured our rights as citizens.
    In the 228 years since that journey began, the U.S. Constitution has become the oldest charter among the world’s major countries and still remains, at 4,400 words, the shortest.

  • Manufacturing Month showcases modern career opportunities

    By Carter Dyson

    Across Kentucky, employers, educators and community organizations are turning their attention to the manufacturing sector, one of the commonwealth’s most significant job creators and economic engines.
    October is Manufacturing Month in Kentucky and Oct. 2 is the fourth annual national Manufacturing Day. The designation gives manufacturers an opportunity to increase awareness of modern manufacturing, the skills it relies on and the career opportunities it offers.

  • EPA needs to reconsider its proposed change to ground-level ozone regulations

    By Clifford E. Falls

    Affordable power can be the lifeblood of businesses and a critical element to growing manufacturing jobs across the U.S. A proposed federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation regarding ground-level ozone emissions could put the cost of power out of reach for manufacturers and place untold numbers of jobs at risk.

  • ‘Be aware, be prepared, have a plan’

    In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, September has been designated Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security and Kentucky Emergency Management urge Kentuckians to “Be aware – be prepared – have a plan.”

  • Celebrate September at the Marion County Public Library

    By Amy Morgeson
    Guest columnist

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…nope not Christmas, September! You have the warmth of summer with a hint of cool in the evenings. The city itself seems happier in September. Street curbs get a cheerful coat of fresh yellow paint. The Main Street flowers are in full bloom. Store windows are ready for Ham Days. The holiday season is coming, but you know the worst of the cold is a few months away. Everyone just feels like celebrating.

  • It’s fall festival time in Kentucky

    While the temperature may not feel like fall just yet, many of the traditional signs of the season are starting to arrive.
    One of the most telling is the sheer number of festivals that has already started to take place and will run through Halloween. They are centered on items you might expect – country ham, dairy products, apples and bourbon – and a few more that may seem odd until their history is known.

  • Kentucky Classic Orchestra debuts, Ralph Curtis and the Nashville Imposters return

    By G.B. Dixon
    With the sublime prompting of a simple downbeat, a new artistic entity has arrived, promising more in the way of things to do in central Kentucky. Under the fluid direction of Dr. Lisa McArthur, Kentucky Classic Orchestra held its inaugural concert before an appreciative crowd of around 100 people Sunday at Centre Square in Lebanon.

  • Finding a way forward for state’s retirement system

    One of this interim period’s hot button issues is finding a way to stabilize the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) and the Kentucky Employee Retirement System (KRS). KTRS was debated in the waning days of the last General Assembly, and the momentum continues. As a member of the Public Pension Oversight Board, I have had a seat at the table on these issues, continuing to deliberate with the various stakeholders and legislators who want to find a solution.

  • Women making waves in Kentucky and beyond

    Last week, the United States celebrated the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote, a milestone made possible by the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kentucky was the 23rd state to ratify that amendment, but it did not clear its final legislative hurdle until Tennessee became the 36th in Aug. 1920. Interestingly, that decision was a close one, occurring only when a young legislator voted in favor at the request of his mother.