• Whose reality?

    By Carrie Bridgman

  • Make sure your kids are safe this Halloween

    Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier and the temperature cools considerably. It’s also the time of year when some sports fans start feeling frustrated if their favorite teams or coaches haven’t lived up to expectations. This year’s letdowns remind me of some of the disappointments of years past.

  • October is Energy Awareness Month

    In a month where we often turn on the air conditioning during the day but the heat at night, it seems appropriate that October has been set aside nationally to raise awareness of our energy needs.
    This annual designation began nearly a quarter-century ago and gives us an opportunity to especially highlight renewable fuels and energy conservation, twin areas where Kentucky routinely gets high marks.

  • Marion County Heritage Center – A must see

    By Warren Hawthorne
    Guest columnist

    Since its opening in 2012, the Marion County Heritage Center has been growing new exhibits. The center now devotes two rooms to Don Johnson, a local trumpet player. It also houses the largest private collection of J.W. Pepper musical instruments. Recently, Friedemann Immer gifted Don Johnson his childhood trumpet, which is on display. Immer is a world-class baroque trumpet player. The heritage center also has a trumpet that is believed to be from the Royal Family of England.

  • Trying to keep our roads, highways safe

    For nearly a decade now, Kentucky has made significant progress when it comes to reducing the number of traffic fatalities in the state. Totals that topped 900 annually between 2002 and 2006 dropped to 638 in 2013, a number not seen since the late 1940s.
    That downward trend, unfortunately, has begun to move in the other direction. Last year’s total was 34 higher than 2013’s, and through the first week of this month, we’re 58 ahead of the same point 12 months ago.

  • Effort to narrow technical skills gap in Lincoln Trail region underway

    By Greg Higdon

    Manufacturers in the Lincoln Trail region and across Kentucky offer abundant prospects for those with the right skills and training. Yet for today’s advanced manufacturers, it’s a challenge to find employees with the right technical and life skills.

  • October is Domestic Violence and Prevention Awareness Month

    By Delena Trent
    Executive Director
    The Caring Place

    Women of domestic violence are 70 times most likely to be murdered in the few weeks after leaving their abusive partners than at any other time in the relationship. And the number of children exposed to domestic violence every year is 10 million.

  • What a difference

    By Carrie Bridgman

    Last week I took my friend B. to the Waterfront Wednesday concert in Louisville.  B. loves live music and has definite tastes: she likes jazz, blues, folk, easy listening and classic rock. She dislikes heavy metal, punk and New Age music.  She enjoys music with interesting rhythms. The folk rock band we saw last week, Vanderveer, met her standards perfectly. 

  • The sky is the limit for Kentucky

    Most Kentuckians know that the commonwealth plays a major role in the auto industry. In fact, only two states produce more cars and trucks than we do. But, far fewer are likely aware that our work in aerospace and aviation has overtaken it.
    Last year, that industry accounted for nearly $8 billion in exports, topping the $5.9 billion generated by our auto parts and assembly factories. Overall, about half of everything that Kentucky ships beyond our borders ultimately goes toward moving people and products over the ground and in the air.

  • Educating our young about the importance of civics

    I found myself teaching elementary-age students about civics and public service in Casey County this week as part of America’s Legislators Back to School Program.