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Columns

  • 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.

  • Still shining

    “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.”
    That was the motto for “Dory” an endearing fish on the movie “Finding Nemo.” It was also one of Missy Farmer-Spalding’s favorite adages. She thought of it often after being diagnosed with cancer in August of 2011. No matter how awful, how painful and how scary her battle was she just kept swimming, so to speak.

  • Parents: Help your child prepare for college

    By Erica Osborne
    Director of Student Success at St. Catharine College

    Congratulations, MCHS graduates. More importantly, congratulations to the graduates’ parents. Your child’s diploma belongs just as much to you as it does to them. You spent 18 years packing lunches, helping them with homework, and serving as your child’s personal chauffer as you carted them to school, sports practices, and back home again. 

  • Majority of parents want healthier foods in schools

    By Susan G. Zepeda, Ph.D.
    President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

    Kentucky students break for summer vacation, some look ahead to summer camp and family trips, while others wonder where their next good meal will come from.  School districts and nonprofits struggle to find ways to assure Kentucky’s lowest income families can offer their children nutritious food during the summer.

  • Test your home for radon

    Did you know that Kentucky has the highest rate of lung cancer in the nation? As you can imagine, dealing with this deadly disease takes a toll on our citizens stricken with it, their families and the communities they live in. On a larger scale, it also has a large impact on our health costs and economy. Our high rates of smoking is a well known link to lung cancer, but another link to the disease is exposure to radon gas.