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Columns

  • Kentucky’s future as auto manufacturers is bright

    In 1913, when the automotive industry first set up shop in Kentucky, few then could have imagined just how much of an impact it would have on the commonwealth in the decades ahead.
    It all began on South Third Street in Louisville, where 17 employees could assemble up to 12 of Ford’s Model T vehicles on a good day.
    Now, we churn out more than 3,500 a day on average at our four assembly plants, or about 1.3 million a year. That’s a traffic jam stretching from Seattle to Miami.

  • Fixing the Kentucky Teacher Retirement System must be a priority
  • Crusade for Children saved my life

    The following is a column my father, Steve Lowery, published in the July 19, 1979 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise. Maybe his words will make you think twice before ignoring or passing by that local firefighter collecting money for the Crusade for Children this weekend.

    For the past few years I've bitched every time the WHAS Crusade for Children drive was in progress. The Crusade meant that people would be looking for financial handouts to give to Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville, an institution far removed from my everyday thoughts.

  • Summer is a busy time at the library

    By Jama Watts
    Guest columnist

    School is out, which means your local library has been taken over by children and crazy librarians embracing the summer reading theme, “Every Hero Has a Story.” (You may have even seen some of us running around the library and schools in capes and masks.) 

  • Let’s let them achieve – not leave

    As we transition from spring to summer, so many milestone events are taking place in the lives of our young people across Kentucky. I want to send out congratulations and best wishes to all our high school and higher education graduates. Kentucky has a bright future and it is in the hands of these capable young men and women, who are each beginning a new and important chapter in life.

  • Historical landmarks highlight the essence of what makes Kentucky so unique

    Eighty years ago, historical preservation took a major step forward when the federal government began compiling a list of those irreplaceable landmarks that help define our country’s heritage.

  • New ruling on NGL pipelines

    Work on the Bluegrass Pipeline may have been suspended, but a court battle that started because of that project was updated last week.
    The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Franklin Circuit Court ruling that eminent domain cannot be used to complete natural gas liquids pipelines under state law.

  • How parents can support a new grad’s job search

    By Amber Mudd

    With graduation season upon us, many high school graduates are embarking on new territory – joining the workforce.
    The Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail has many no-cost services for those just starting out, but recent graduates also will look for guidance at home.

  • Kentucky is headed in the right direction

    After weathering several tough budget cycles, the state is on track to end the current fiscal year next month with much better news to report.
    Two weeks ago, the Office of State Budget Director said that April’s general fund receipts – which drive the budget – brought in a little more than $1 billion, a high-water mark that had never happened in a single month before.

  • Don’t take Marion County for granted

    Last week I started doing something I should have done a long time ago.
    I finally started going through the archives of The Lebanon Enterprise, specifically the eight years my dad was editor/general manager here.
    Why in the world has it taken me so long to do this?