• The Girls on the Run program changed Brianna Mattingly’s life.
    Mattingly, 13, was one of nine girls in Marion County's inaugural class of Girls on the Run at A.C. Glasscock Elementary School in 2011.
    At the time, she was a shy nine-year-old who lacked self-confidence.
    I remember watching her during our Girls on the Run activities and workouts. I could tell she was special, but it was obvious she didn’t believe in herself.

  • For the last six years, my wife and I have lived relatively in seclusion. In Georgia, we were outsiders – people from the North who didn’t know a blessed thing about the South. Never would as far as they were concerned.

  • It’s still a while down the road, but the year 2033 will be a pivotal one for our country, because that’s when U.S. Census Bureau projects there will be more citizens over the age of 65 than under the age of 18.
    It’s not a surprising trend, of course, given the gains we have made in medicine, technology and a greater focus on eating right and exercising. From a historical perspective, however, it’s a relatively new phenomenon. A century ago, less than five percent of our citizens were older than 65; by 2040, they will comprise 20 percent.

  • It is a busy time of year for Kentucky families as students get back into the routine of school with many after-school activities, like football and soccer, getting into full gear. I want to wish all the students, teachers and school staff a great year. With each new school year comes great opportunities and chances to achieve new levels of learning and great experience.

  • You never forget the name of the person who almost killed your wife.
    I must first tell you, my need to fight injustice can sometimes come back to haunt me. In my last column, I told you the story about how some kid stole my bike and my wife’s bike when we were living in South Korea. Well, the truth is, I should have let them be. As it turned out, getting those bikes back would spell trouble for us. More so for my wife, Emily.

  • When it comes to being home to icons known around the world, few states can compete with Kentucky.
    We have a derby that owns the first Saturday in May; a chicken restaurant chain that has grown from a single location in Corbin to more than 15,000 in 125 nations; and a cave so mammoth that it is longer than the combined lengths of the second- and third-longest on the record books. The six million-plus barrels of bourbon now resting in our warehouses, meanwhile, represent more than 90 percent of the world’s production.

  • Although summer break is coming to an end, summer weather—and hazards—will continue. However, there are a few things you can do to help keep your family safe, happy and healthy for the rest of the season, especially while enjoying the great outdoors.

  • By Tommy Wheatley

    At the start of the summer of 1980, I was a college student looking forward to a seasonal job near Hardinsburg, Kentucky, my hometown. I was charged with overseeing a summer youth employment program, matching 16- to 21-year-old workers with non-profit employers.
    That summer, I first realized the impact the workforce development system has on individuals and our entire communities. But little did I know, the job was the start of my own lifelong career and passion.

  • By Dr. Evelyn Ellis

    It’s been said that mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.
    In this column, I want to talk about the value of professional mentorship.  In my role with WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox and as a member of the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board, I’m charged with helping people succeed in their chosen career fields, from pursuing their education to connecting them with employers.

  • Some of Kentucky’s most successful academic programs take place, oddly enough, when the school year is over.
    Several of these got their start in the 1980s, and they have since given thousands of our brightest middle and high school students a chance to come together in a college setting and learn in ways that often extend beyond the traditional classroom.
    The Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) is perhaps the most well-known of these. It began in 1983 and now serves more than 1,100 students each summer over several campuses across the commonwealth.

  • In Kentucky, some bleed blue, others bleed red, and today, the Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) bleeds green. An article from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting on June 7 outlined how KRS had used contributions from current and future state employees to pay legal fees for the former KRS Board Chair in a lawsuit against Governor Matt Bevin.

  • By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    If you recall, in my first column I talked about finding a new radio station and how I had been unsuccessful. Well, I finally did find new radio stations and now it's time to change my radio presets back.
    Eight weeks ago, I wasn't even thinking about today. I wasn't thinking about packing and loading all of my stuff, half of which I didn't even need, and driving back to Kenton County. I wasn't thinking about it, I didn't want to think about it. And now I don't want to do it.

  • The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission are supposed to be the fun people in government. Lately, that hasn’t been the case.
    Two of the last three meetings were plagued by closed sessions, talks of discipline or removal of Executive Director Nena Olivier, and personnel decisions were discussed when the public had the right to know what was going on.

  • By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    Late last week I was scrolling through Facebook and noticed a video PETA made about the dairy industry had worked its way into my newsfeed.
    I watched, deciding to see what shenanigans and propaganda they were spewing that day.
    They were on their soapbox, talking about how cruel the dairy industry is. How they keep their cows locked up, constantly pregnant and take their calves away as soon as they’re born.

  • Someone stole our bikes. The realization couldn’t have stunned me more than if I had been slapped in the face.
    My wife, Emily, and I were only a few months into our first year of teaching in South Korea. I remember that spring day when we saw the two shining bikes glistening in the sunlight outside a shop next to the bus stop. I could imagine the tiny bells on the handlebars ringing at us, calling out for us to buy them.

  • The halls of the Capitol may be relatively quiet when July arrives, but that doesn’t detract from the month’s importance when it comes to running state government. It marks the start of another fiscal year and, in even-numbered years, is when most new state laws take effect.

  • If you saw me at the Marion County Fair last week, you probably didn’t see me on any rides. You would have seen me taking pictures of concerts, fireworks or perhaps trying to capture the joyous faces of everyone else having fun on the rides. In any case, my feet were planted firmly on the ground.
    Truth is, I love fairs. I love theme parks. The problem? I have an irrational fear of heights.

  • By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    This weekend, while I was in Lexington visiting a friend, we went to a restaurant that advertised, quite frequently and proudly, that their burgers are antibiotic free.
    While the burger was amazing, it wasn't the lack of antibiotics that made it that way because anywhere you go in the United States, there will be no antibiotics in your meat.
    Let me tell you why.

  • States have often been called laboratories of democracy, and for good reason: That’s where most cutting-edge ideas to improve government are first tested. The good ones are widely copied while the unworkable ones teach a valuable lesson as well.

  • By Jennifer Carman

    Much has been written about how job seekers should present themselves on social media. But how can employers seeking talent in the Lincoln Trail region capitalize on social media to draw in the best and brightest?
    An effective talent search leverages many channels, and social media can help companies not only promote career opportunities but also develop its reputation as an employer and engage potential applicants.