• 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.

  • Where Opportunity Knox celebrates first anniversary

    By Wendell Lawrence
    It is hard to believe Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville Region by the end of 2017, is celebrating its first anniversary in September.  
    In the last year, nearly 1,500 veterans and spouses have been connected with employment opportunities throughout the region and over 130 participating employers have signed up to support this initiative.

  • 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.

  • Time for the “tax talk”

    By Kaelin Reed

    It is the beginning of the school year, and we have begun to settle into our familiar fall patterns. The days are starting to get a little shorter, the morning air is beginning to feel a bit more brisk, the school buses are back on the roads carrying our children to and from school, and the Marion County Board of Education, of which I am now a member, will be convening soon to set the property tax rate for the upcoming year.

  • Taking care of our veterans

    One of the ongoing challenges our country faces is making sure our veterans receive the full benefits they have rightfully earned. Unfortunately, as we discovered during a legislative meeting earlier this month, there are still some who are either unaware of what is available or who have become mired in bureaucracy. The good news is that, thanks to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), we are making great strides in closing these twin gaps.

  • Central Kentucky Community Theatre lands the laughs

    By G.B. Dixon

  • You can make a difference with United Way

    By Kenny Fogle

  • Drive slow and let them grow

    It is a busy time of year for Kentucky families as students get back into the routine of school, and the many after-school activities get into full gear. I want to wish all the students, teachers, and school staff a great year. With each new school year come great opportunities and chances to achieve new levels of learning and great experience.

  • Paving the way for good things to come

    By Amy Morgeson
    Guest columnist

    The library parking lot will be getting a much-needed facelift with resurfacing scheduled for Friday Aug. 21 and Saturday Aug. 22. While the library building will be open for patron use on these days, parking will be limited to the Harrison Street (front side) of the building and/or use of extended parking at the Hourigan Building. Patrons will be able to gain access at the front of the building through the doors that face Harrison.

  • Unemployment insurance important for many families

    When it comes to policy, unemployment insurance may not generate as many headlines as education and public safety, but for working families dealing with the loss of a job, few programs are more important. President Roosevelt signed this safety net into law 80 years ago last week as part of the Social Security Act. Since then, it has weathered numerous ups-and-downs in the economy, but beyond the Great Depression itself, none tested the system quite like the crisis that hit the country in 2008.