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  • Do you Chromebook? Your future employees will

     It is estimated that Chromebooks now make up 60 percent of all laptops and tablets in U.S. K-12 classrooms. As an employer, the sheer size of the $43 billion education tech market might not seem to matter much unless you employ educators. The vast majority of employers don’t, however, and it is tempting to simply look at this figure, give a curt nod, and move on.

  • Back-to-school safety tips we can all use

     It’s a busy time of year for Kentucky families as students get back into the routine of school and the many after-school activities. Did you know there are more than 650,000 kids in preschool through 12th grade at Kentucky’s 4,597 public and private schools?

  • The “Colonel” sold cars

     Long before his successful Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, Harlan Sanders had a new car dealership in Lancaster, Kentucky. In the late 1920s, Colonel Sanders used the Bailey Garage to sell Willys-Knight and Whippet automobiles. He hired a few salesmen with a year or two at “The University,” as UK was called by many in the central part of the state, along with some area farm boys. One of them was the son of a state representative for the Kentucky river counties just south of Lexington.  

  • Ready or not

     My son, Owen, officially becomes a teenager today.

    As I write this, I’m simultaneously feeling extremely grateful and on the verge of having a nervous breakdown. 

    Turning 40 earlier this month was a reality check for me. But, my little boy becoming a teenager is slightly terrifying.

    “I’m not ready,” I think to myself as I swallow a huge lump in my throat.

    But, are we ever truly “ready?”

  • Public pension plan is approved

     The anticipated special session to tackle public pensions has come to a close, and the General Assembly has passed a new plan to provide relief for more than 100 quasi-governmental agencies—including local health departments, regional universities, domestic violence shelters, mental health providers and others.

    Everyone can agree that Kentucky has a real pension problem. Prior to this five-day session, quasi-governmental agencies allowed into the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS), were facing dramatically high pension costs.

  • Everyone has that ‘one person’
  • REAL ID is here to stay but is it right for me?

     FRANKFORT – There has been a lot of chatter about Kentucky rolling out new driver’s licenses to comply with the federal REAL ID Act enacted after the 9/11 terror attacks. The licenses are currently available in Franklin and Woodford counties. Other counties are expected to follow suit in the coming months. 

  • Be a teacher

     I have been a teacher since 1968, in three different states, working in both public and private schools. When I started college, I wanted to be a biologist or paleontologist. I always loved science. My dad had been a teacher in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and would tell me stories from his few years of teaching in a one room school in Martin County. He rode a horse from his house to the school and stayed with a local older couple as a boarder. Then, he rode back home after school each Friday. 

  • Respecting the debate

     Over the past few weeks, I have found myself very interested in different debatable topics. Whether it is political, religious, racial, or about basic human rights, I have done a lot of listening and hearing out other people’s opinions. 

    I am at an age where figuring out who I am and what I believe is important. Though I have always had strong morals and am content in what I believe, that doesn’t mean I can’t educate myself on what others believe and why they do. 

  • Shop for a cause at the Hosparus Health Thrift Shoppe

     Everyone loves to score a great bargain. Did you know that shopping at the Hosparus Health Thrift Shoppe not only saves you money, it also makes a difference in the lives of your very own friends and neighbors?