• Memories of my past flash in front of my eyes every few seconds as I walk around my old house in Marion, Kentucky. The country home is surrounded by fields and woods where I spent most of my youth. So little has changed, yet everything is different.
    As groups of people carry out couches, tables and boxes, I can’t help but remember the day that groups of people (some of them the same individuals) were carrying those items into the house. That was 16 years ago, almost to the date.
    Everything is the same, yet everything is different.

  • The weather is cooling down and we are quickly approaching the holiday season with Halloween right around the corner. Along with attending all sorts of fall festivities and celebrations, children have begun carefully selecting their next costume for trick-or-treating. And while this should always be a family event, there are extra ways to keep your child safe.
    The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some great tips for safe Halloween fun:

  • 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.


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “It’s essential to keep an open mind, and to be willing – better yet, eager – to try new things.” - Michael Abrash

    Trying new things can be challenging, and darn near impossible for some people who dislike change. But, often times, it’s very much worth it.
    Such is the case with this year’s Marion County Country Ham Days Festival.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • I’m sitting in my living room with a man I’ve only met once before. He is a perfectly nice person, but he’s the guy you only want to meet once, otherwise it means you’ve got trouble. Having him here today means trouble for me. The man in my living room is the Internet technician. And he’s here to fix what’s broken.

  • If there is one theme binding the numerous festivals that take place across the commonwealth each year, it’s that if we raise it, grow it or use a lot of it, there’s almost certainly a community that celebrates it.
    Most of these festivals take place over a 10-week period that begins in late August and runs through Halloween, and food is often the focal point. During that time, you can find events dedicated to apples, country ham, sorghum, bourbon, honey and barbecue.

  • By Carter Dyson

    In early September, Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey announced the launch of a new apprenticeship campaign: “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.” With a goal of helping more Kentucky businesses leverage registered apprenticeships to meet their workforce needs, the campaign is welcome news in the Lincoln Trail region and across the state.

  • Sept. 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation selected this date and encourages congress, states and cities to acknowledge it. We cooperate with the Meso Foundation in memory of our younger son, Todd Hall (1967-2006) who was a victim of this rare and deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
    When we learned that former Kentucky State Representative Ron Cyrus had died of mesothelioma we thought the Kentucky Legislature might honor his memory by officially recognizing Sept. 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Kentucky.   

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  • On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: Sept. 11.
    Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.

  • As we transition into September and children are settling into their school year routines, I am excited to participate once again in the America’s Legislators Back to School Program. Hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), the program helps legislators educate young constituents in their classrooms on the values of civic participation and the legislative process.