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Columns

  • Crusade for Children is a lifesaver

    Around this time of year when local fire departments begin collecting money for the Crusade for Children, I’m reminded of how blessed I am to be here.
    The Crusade helped save my life when I was born.
    My twin sister and I were born five to six weeks premature, and soon after I was delivered I was having difficulty breathing. The “Baby Buggy” took my twin and me to Norton Children’s Hospital and the medical staff there saved my life.
    So, obviously, donating to the Crusade is a no-brainer for me.

  • Career services help new grads start strong

    By Terri Thomas

    Across the Lincoln Trail region, thousands of high school seniors are counting down the days to graduation and the next exciting chapter of their lives.
    Whether that next chapter is the start of a career or post-secondary education or training, the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail (KCC-LT) wants new graduates to know about free services that can help them start strong.

  • Do something good

    Our community is full of really, really kind people.
    I’m reminded of that daily.
    Sometimes, it’s the small gestures of kindness I notice. Like the lady who works at the convenient store who gave me an unexpected but very much appreciated compliment recently while I was buying my cup of coffee. Or, the man who stopped me while I was walking down the sidewalk last week to share some positive feedback about something I wrote for the paper recently. Those small gestures of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day.

  • Job seekers with criminal records get second chance

    By Jerisia Lamons

    Felony. It is often a strong word that brings to mind the most serious crimes, and for offenders re-entering society, that commonly equates to barriers in their post-incarceration job search.
    At Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail (KCC-LT), we work with all job seekers regardless of their background. In our work with job seekers with criminal records, we’re seeing two important things emerge in the job market.

  • The media is not the enemy

    By David Chavern

    It’s not breaking news that the media is not always popular. It is breaking news that even those who dislike the media are coming to the defense of the journalists and publications in light of recent attacks the Donald Trump administration has launched.

  • Enter the Bucks for Bright Ideas contest

    By Lisa Boone

    There’s no doubt entrepreneurship is essential to the Lincoln Trail region’s economy. Small business owners create jobs and increase opportunities for entire communities. That’s why I’m especially proud of the strong network of resources available to anyone in our region with a great idea for a product or service.

  • Dear Dad

    “Dear Dad.”
    When I was 13 years old, I wrote my dad a letter. It was one of several letters I wrote to him during my childhood. But, it was more than just a letter. It was a desperate plea.
    “Dad, please, I beg you, please stop drinking.”
    My dad was a good father. He was an amazing journalist and an incredible photographer. But, he was also an alcoholic.

  • Charter schools bill is the right move for Kentucky

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. A flurry of bills were sent to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Making Kentucky safer, supporting first responders, and easing burdens on churches

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    With a busy week of the regular session behind us, the legislature is heading into a 10-day veto recess to let Governor Bevin review the legislation passed by the General Assembly. We took action this week to give final passage to several measures to make Kentucky safer, support our first responders, and ease burdens on our local churches.

  • 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.