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Columns

  • Manufacturing Day recognizes sector’s career opportunities, economic impact

    By Mo Miller

    There is no doubt manufacturing is one of our most critical industry sectors. Last year, manufacturing supported one in six private-sector jobs in America, and it is our state’s top economic driver, representing 17 percent of Kentucky’s GDP. 

  • Breastfeeding: A winning goal for life

    Josey Crew RD, LD, CLC
    Lincoln Trail District Health Department

  • Marion County Board of Education leaves unanswered questions

    By Jerry Evans
    Guest Columnist

    In light of the recent action taken by the Marion County School Board and other members of our community, there are many unanswered questions.
    1. What prompts the school board to amend the requirements of residency for the present school superintendent? It is said they voted their conscience.
    Was their conscience “Missing in action” when similar circumstances were in evidence during the time that Mr. Donald Smith served as superintendent?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.