• Goodbye, Scruffy

    I could barely see his eyes when he showed up on my doorstep almost five years ago.

    His long, stringy hair covered most of his face. His coat was wet and covered in mud. Parts of his body were covered with huge mounds of matted hair. He was very quiet, and seemed frightened. He wouldn’t let me get too close.

  • You are not alone

    Last week, someone I love dearly confessed to me that she was a victim of sexual assault many years ago in college. 

    I was shocked. 

    We are very close, and we tell each other everything. But, she never told me about this incident. 

    “Why didn’t you tell me?” I asked her. 

    “I didn’t tell anyone,” she said.

  • Celebrating entrepreneurship in our communities

    From founders of retail and hospitality enterprises, to innovators in the technology and manufacturing sectors, to service providers who knew they could offer something new and better to the marketplace, our region is fortunate to be home to many entrepreneurs. 

  • Protect your family: Focus on flu this season

    There’s a reason we do a lot of routine things to maintain our health. We brush our teeth, try to eat right, and try to exercise regularly. And, hopefully, everyone who is able gets their flu vaccine each fall. 

    We have good reason to get that flu shot. Last year was one of the most devastating flu seasons in Kentucky history, resulting in nearly 10,500 infections and 325 deaths. 

  • Cleaning out my closet

    Lately, I’ve been trying to clean out my closet. The metaphorical closet in my head where I’ve stuffed any unresolved hang up over the years and left them there to rot in the back of my mind. The kind of stuff that you start thinking about on really long drives or sitting by the ocean at night, which I did a few weeks ago on vacation.

    A lot of times in life, I’ve shoved things aside so I didn’t have to deal with them and confront the issue at hand.

  • Empower teachers, engage students

    By Kaelin Reed


  • BackPack program provides needed hope

    Four little kids jump off the school bus in wild anticipation. It’s the Friday before a long weekend. It feels like the first three-day weekend would never arrive. It’s been eons since school started instead of just a few weeks. 

    Three of the children run excitedly ahead, their book bags light from the lack of books and homework. These three are off to ride bikes and do other fun things during their long stretch of freedom. 

  • Live by example, Give by example

    My parents were broke when I was in middle school. 

    During my brother’s cancer treatment, they were really and truly struggling. I remember my mom talking about a time when she had panicked because a subscription service she had canceled had charged her account and she only had four dollars left, and we needed groceries.

    They relied on a lot of generous help to get by and they eventually rebuilt themselves to where they are today. But, that time in our life is not something we forget.

  • Library’s genealogy room is stocked with local history

     Are you searching for your roots? The Marion County Public Library is blessed to have a well-stocked genealogy room on its premises. If you’ve not been in the genealogy room, allow me a moment to tell you about its contents, uses and how you can help out other researchers.

  • Kentucky’s economy strong, but more work needed on workforce development

    Kentucky’s economy is booming.

    By every measureable standard, both the Commonwealth and our nation’s economy are growing at a fast rate, adding jobs and pumping new investments into rural communities. Our unemployment rate is at a 43-year low, businesses are expanding at record levels, and Kentucky saw an average of 5.7 percent growth in wages in the first quarter of 2018, the fourth highest in the nation.