• By Kurt H. Krug, Guest columnist

    Leadership at nearly every manufacturing facility across the United States is working the same puzzle. How will we develop the pipeline of skilled workers we need to remain globally competitive?
    As more advanced technologies are integrated into the manufacturing process, companies - including those right here in the Lincoln Trail region - are struggling to fill critical, technical positions such as engineers and maintenance technicians.

  • - Melissa Ruiz, a spokesperson for Kinder Morgon, was identified incorrectly as Michelle Ruiz in a story in the March 4 edition.

  • A distinct variety of fulfilling entertainment was February’s appeasement for wearying us with intense cold and pelting us with water in varying degrees of solid. There were plays and concerts, musicals and musicians. The past week in particular was jammed with much to do.  

  • While each legislative session is different, many of the bills the General Assembly considers every year tend to be grouped in just a handful of categories: education, health, public protection, economic development and streamlining government services.
    All of them came into play last week as the House worked through the remainder of our high-profile bills and many others that are also now ready for the Senate’s consideration.

  • Fire department seeking photos
    The Campbellsville Fire Department is celebrating its 100th year. A committee is working on an anniversary publication, and it is looking for photos of the Campbellsville Fire Department.  In addition to photos from Campbellsville, we would like to use copies of photos from surrounding communities when the Campbellsville Fire Department assisted in fighting fires elsewhere.

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  • I drive St. Mary Highway almost every single day, and I have never noticed the cross that sits along the roadside at the site of a fatal accident that killed a local woman in April of last year.
    Apparently, however, someone else has noticed it, and he or she do not approve of where it’s placed. It bothered this person so much, in fact, that he or she called the state road department and complained.

  • By G.B. Dixon

    Good news. Wintertime warmth is not in short supply this week. Set a blazing fire at home, yawn, and watch it sizzle by the hour, or get out to see the lovable, high-octane performances given by the Brett family, as they make their only Kentucky stop of a world tour.

  • Snow.
    So. Much. Snow.
    We’re not complaining (other areas of the country, such as Boston, have had it much worse). But, we’ve had our fill. At least most of us have.
    We would be remiss if we didn’t recognize and show our appreciation for the people in this community who have worked countless hours to make life as normal as possible with 12 to 14 inches of snow.

  • No part of Kentucky was spared the record-breaking snow fall and temperatures this week. Schools, businesses and many government agencies had to close, as did the General Assembly due to the hazardous weather. When such weather emergencies occur, and so many counties and even the governor declare states of emergency, ensuring safety and helping those in trouble due to the extreme conditions take priority. I hope you and your family have remained safe and secure throughout the winter storms.

  • Like most of the state, the Kentucky House of Representatives saw its schedule put on ice last week because of the snow and plunging temperatures.
    While the damage and outages did not cause the same level of devastation that Kentucky experienced in 2009, there has been one constant between now and then: The tireless work of our road crews, first responders, hospital and utility workers and those who have kept our local businesses open. I know many pitched in as well to donate food and clothing for those in need and to check on their neighbors and friends.

  •  As most of you know, House Bill 145, which prohibits indoor smoking in public buildings and workspaces, passed in the House of Representatives this past week. Thank you State Representative Terry Mills for supporting this extremely important piece of legislation for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is very satisfying to see a representative of the people working to create a safer atmosphere for the health and well-being of all people.

  • By G.B. Dixon

    Guest columnist 

  •  With an eye on the dwindling days left in this year’s legislative session, the Kentucky House moved virtually all of its top priorities a step forward last week and should have most sent to the Senate by early this week.

  • By G. B. Dixon

    A plume of smoke, a desperate plea, two hearts in love, it's Marion County by the Arabian Sea. The to do this weekend in Lebanon is "Disney's Aladdin, Jr." staged by Kentucky Classic Theatre at Centre Square. There, one of the more familiar narratives in all of literature comes to life three more nights.  

  • Send bombs and bullets, not bodies

  • If the end of a legislative session is about what laws the General Assembly can pass, the beginning is about what the House and Senate hope will be on that list. It’s not a small number this year, with about a dozen major topics expected to be considered by both chambers and many others also vying for passage. Making that process difficult is the fact that there are only 30 working days and the first four were dedicated last month to electing leadership and establishing committees for the next two years.

  • By Carter Dyson

    When automotive supplier Metalsa expanded its workforce last year, company representatives called on Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail in Elizabethtown to find the skilled employees they needed.

  • By Kate Kirzinger, Guest Columnist