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Columns

  • Have a happy Fourth of July
  • Take time to express yourself

    By Matt Overing

    Enterprise intern

     

    Valuing different foarms of expression is something I have found myself doing more and more often as I age.

    In elementary school, I though girls with piercings were weird. As a teenager, I though tattoos were weird. I rarely wore jeans and didn’t understand how people found them comfortable. I didn’t understand why people didn’t like sports. 

    People that thought differently than me were weird. I was the normal one.

  • The greatest generation indeed

     For years, I have been interested in the decade 1940-1950, where our young men and women sacrificed so much to fight the Nazi regime in Europe and the Japanese in the south Pacific.

    Never have so many Americans worked in concert to defend democracy and defeat two horrendous and oppressive governments bent on world domination.

    It’s amazing that our men and women both on the battlefield and at home never complained about anything. They knew the job had to get done and they did it.

  • Marion County Board of Education leaves unanswered questions

    By Jerry Evans
    Guest Columnist

    In light of the recent action taken by the Marion County School Board and other members of our community, there are many unanswered questions.
    1. What prompts the school board to amend the requirements of residency for the present school superintendent? It is said they voted their conscience.
    Was their conscience “Missing in action” when similar circumstances were in evidence during the time that Mr. Donald Smith served as superintendent?

  • The interim committees hit the ground running

    The legislative interim period officially began this month. My first meeting was June 10 with the Interim Joint Committee on Education, and we had a full slate. We heard two comprehensive presentations from two educational think tanks. First, we heard from Dr. Gene Bottoms with the Southern Regional Education Board Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Gene Wilhoit, executive director of National Center for Innovation in Education.

  • It will all come out in the wash

    By Matt Overing
    Summer intern

  • Transformed career center grows opportunity for job seekers, employers

    By Jackie Masterson
    Lincoln Trail Area Development District

    At Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail, we’ve transformed the way we empower job seekers and employers.
    You might have heard we changed our name or you might have noticed the bright green arrow we adopted as our new logo. But for job seekers and employers, our transformation means much more.

  • Ignite the fire

    By Hannah Wilson
    MCHS Class of 2013

    Unless the first line of the vision statement is a joke, Marion County Public Schools have a long, hard road to hoe ahead.  

  • Simmering issues still affecting school system

    Last week, I covered my first Marion County Board of Education meeting since December. Since then, I have written stories about activities and individuals in the school system.
    But going to meetings is always a little different.
    Normally, meetings are fairly routine, and in general, members of the public only come to meetings when they have a specific issue in mind.
    Last week’s meeting was unusual for me. The room was relatively crowded, with 30 to 40 people in attendance by my own estimate.

  • Opportunity and economic growth rely on a skilled workforce

    By Mo Miller

    As a small business owner, I learned many years ago that my success is dependent on a team of loyal, skilled employees. Ask any large employer, and they’ll tell you the same. A business can’t exist, a profit can’t be made and an economy can’t thrive without skilled employees.