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Columns

  • Career center offers full lineup of no-cost job search services

    By CARTER DYSON

    When I tell people I work for the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail, I’m often rewarded by their familiarity with the organization’s services. However, I am occasionally met with a look of uncertainty, and it’s almost always because someone has long referred to the career center as the unemployment office.
    While unemployment insurance assistance is a vital service to many of the job seekers who visit our center, it is just one of the many offerings available.

  • Chronicling our lives through video

    Memories are a funny thing. They can evoke positive and negative emotions alike. They make us laugh, they make us cry. Sometimes they surprise us when we realize they have been locked away in the vault of our minds, only to be freed by a story from your parents or grandparents, or by a smell in the air, or a sound you haven’t heard since you were a child.

  • Kentucky is making progress for its children

    For more than a quarter-century now, Kentucky Youth Advocates has taken an in-depth look at the well-being of the commonwealth’s children, giving us a valuable year-to-year comparison in such critical areas as health, education and economic security.

  • Trashy Holidays!

    There’s nothing like spending the holidays on the back of a garbage truck, the wind forming icicles in my hair, the stench of goodness-knows-what filling my nostrils. It’s particularly a good workout the week after Thanksgiving when people start throwing away all of their leftovers, the bags often weighing more than I do.

  • How REAL ID compliance could affect you

    Many of you may recall an issue the Kentucky General Assembly discussed in the 2016 Session, known as “REAL ID,” which requires Kentucky to meet modern federal regulation standards on the issuance of identification. Known as Senate Bill (SB) 245 in the 2016 session, the bill passed both the Senate and the House but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Bevin because of concerns will the bill’s future implications.

  • Kentucky has a lot to offer this holiday season

    With only about two-and-a-half weeks left before Christmas, time is drawing short for those looking for the perfect gift or a holiday event to attend.
    Fortunately, there is help available, beginning with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Kentucky Arts Council. The websites for both (Kentuckytourism.com and artscouncil.ky.gov) have collected long lists of available businesses and attractions that are doing their part to make the season special.

  • Robotics teams exposing more students to sought-after career skills

    By Carter Dyson

    Using robots they designed, built and programmed, more than 200 Kentucky students will compete in the VEX IQ Challenge on Saturday at the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center (EC3).
    There’s no doubt this upcoming regional event — with more than 50 teams from the Lincoln Trail region and other areas of the Commonwealth — and the growing number of schools that are developing new robotics teams present unique opportunities for individual students.

  • Give something meaningful this Christmas

    I love this time of year.
    People seem happier.
    Food tastes better.
    Work seems a little less stressful.
    (The election is over. Need I say more?)
    But, there is one thing I really dislike about the holiday season - the stress we inflict on ourselves about buying Christmas gifts.
    Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? Why do we care so much? What has created this materialistic monster that seems to take over the real meaning of the season? Our society is so obsessed with things, money, buying, etc.

  • Women moving in positive directions

    By Davette B. Swiney

    Kecha Richardson wants what any loving parent wants. She wants to provide for her children, and she wants to set an example that gives them the confidence and drive to find their own success.
    That common dream can’t begin to take shape for Kecha without self-sustaining employment. Often there are barriers to entering or progressing in the workforce.

  • General Assembly could help more students afford college

    It may not have generated much publicity, but Kentucky’s economy hit a high-water mark in October, when our civilian labor force saw its biggest one-month gain in at least 40 years. It grew by almost 15,000 during those 31 days, putting us just shy of two million people who are either working or actively looking for a job.