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Columns

  • Don’t forget to true meaning of Memorial Day

    While Memorial Day weekend is a wonderful time for gathering with family and friends for picnics, pool parties and parades, I write to you with the annual reminder not to forget the true meaning of the event. Memorial Day is a time to remember the brave men and women who have put it all on the line so that we may live in freedom in the greatest nation in the world.

  • Tourism’s economic impact, job opportunities growing in Lincoln Trail region

    By Sherry Murphy

    Earlier this month, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet released its annual report Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry. Tourism has long been an important job creator in Kentucky, and as the report revealed, those opportunities are growing across the state. Tourism-generated jobs provided more than $3.2 billion in wages to Kentucky workers in 2016—an increase of more than $156 million from 2015 wages.

  • It’s going to be a busy interim for legislators

    Over a month has passed since the conclusion of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, but my work as your senator has not slowed. Between answering your well thought-out letters and phone calls, I have been visiting with constituents in our district and listening to your concerns and preparing to discuss many of those topics during the interim.

  • REAL ID a real solution for Kentuckians

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

  • Making the most of a job interview

    By Carter Dyson

    Your careful research, resume, cover letter and application have paid off. You’ve landed an interview for the job you want. But your outlook has shifted from excitement to apprehension as you think about coming face to face with a hiring manager who will judge your skills, your experience, your attire and even your handshake.

  • Keep Marion County beautiful

    This column is being written and published specifically for the jerks that continue to vandalize the Scott’s Ridge lookout. It’s also for anyone who knows them. I’d like you to relay this message to them because I’m certain the delinquents who are trying to spoil one of the most beautiful views in Marion County don’t read a newspaper.
    Anyone who has attempted to ruin the splendor of the Scott’s Ridge lookout should know – you’re being watched.
    And, when you’re caught, you will be prosecuted.

  • Marion County kids have talent

    Marion County is blessed with so many incredibly talented children.
    Last week, I was fortunate enough to see many of them in action.

  • 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.