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Columns

  • October spotlights manufacturing

    By Terri Thomas

    The fifth annual national Manufacturing Day was Oct. 7, and manufacturing and the sector’s career opportunities were in the spotlight. Local communities across the country have designated a day, a week or the entire month as a time to recognize and promote the interesting, innovative and rewarding careers found in manufacturing facilities.

  • Entrepreneurial Summit brings resources, expertise to veterans

    By LISA WILLIAMS BOONE

    Throughout the Lincoln Trail region, you’ll find strong connections to our nation’s military and a deep appreciation for the men and women who serve our country. At the same time, ours is a region that strongly supports entrepreneurship and small businesses. It’s no surprise that so many veterans have chosen to start businesses in Central Kentucky.

  • Stuck in the desert

    I didn’t have a thermometer, but the temperature under the blazing sun had to be more than 100 degrees. Looking to my left and right, all I could see was sand and dried bushes for miles and miles. The road behind and in front of me blurred in the distance, the type of blur you see when you look just inches above a roaring fire. This whole place felt like it was on fire. After all, we were stuck in the California desert.

  • Debunking the newspapers are dying idea

    By David Chavern
    President and CEO of News Media Alliance

    Imagine waking up in a world without newspapers.
    “Ha!” You say, “I haven’t gotten a newspaper in years.”
    But I’m not talking about just the paper delivered by carriers or the postal service. I’m talking about the news online, the links on social media, the email newsletter, the source cited in the television broadcast and the push notification on your phone. The word newspaper no longer reflects the media industry encompassed by the word.

  • Reading your local paper is ‘Way to Know’ your community

    By Layne Bruce
    Several years ago cyberspace was frenzied over many popular websites going dark for 24 hours to protest a federal bill meant to crack down on video piracy.
    The Stop Online Piracy Act – or SOPA – was a controversial and perhaps misguided effort championed by the Motion Picture Association of America to end illegal online sharing of copyrighted material, primarily movies and music.

  • Power of the press is in being the Way to Know for news consumers

    By Gene Policinski

    WASHINGTON – The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

    Notice in those words not a mention of celebrity content, mobile devices nor “aspirational” reportage that feels good without doing any good.

  • Ham Days at its best

    I wasn’t sure what to expect of my first Ham Days. It was one of the first things I heard about when I was hired in June (we even talked about it in my interview). I remember seeing the signs advertising it the first day I drove into Lebanon. I thought to myself, I wonder what Ham Days is?
    I soon found out that it was a festival (obviously), but I had no idea how much it was ingrained into the very fabric of this county’s culture. To an outsider, I thought, great, a festival about pigs. But I soon realized that it is so much more than that.

  • From the Whole 30 to the Whole Life
  • ‘The Pink Panther Strikes Again’ at Springfield Opera House is a must-see

    By G. B. Dixon

    On Saturday, I attended a performance of "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" at the Springfield Opera House and the answer is yes. Yes, you should go to see it when it returns this weekend. There. (Don't tell me I bury the lead!) Now, many things of importance in this newspaper ask for your attention, so if you choose to continue reading this article, be warned that the rest will only be entertaining.

  • Fall means football and festivals

    The fall and football season is finally upon us. Kids are back in school, the weather is (finally) cooling down, and the leaves are already beginning to change. I may be biased, but I think Kentucky has one of the prettiest autumns in this region of the country. After a hot summer and the temperature and our taste buds changing, it is a welcome opportunity to get back outdoors.
    With the autumn season comes fall festivals, and I am happy to report there are many events happening all around the 14th Senate District including the ones listed below: