• WORK MATTERS: Women are moving in positive directions

    By Davette B. Swiney

    President and CEO, Central Kentucky Community Foundation

    Kecha Richardson wants what any loving parent wants. She wants to provide for her children, and she wants to set an example that gives them the confidence and drive to find their own success.

    That dream can’t begin to take shape for Kecha without self-sustaining employment. Often there are barriers to entering or progressing in the workforce.

  • State Labor Cabinet collects more than $118,000 in unpaid wages in October

    In October, the Labor Cabinet recouped $118,337.13 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers. This brings the total amount recovered for the year to $1,522,196.05.

    Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include misclassification of workers as independent contractors, unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing wage violations.

  • Willis named chief financial director of Isaiah House

    Donna Willis was recently welcomed as chief financial director to the Isaiah House family in Willisburg.

    Willis graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in finance and later obtained her MBA in business from Bellarmine University. She returned to the University of Louisville for her accounting certificate.

    She has worked as the assistant controller at Metalsa in Elizabethtown and a consultant for provider payment integrity at Humana of Louisville.

  • Upsy Daisy celebrates joining Chamber
  • Heaven Hill opens newest warehouse at Cox’s Creek complex

    Heaven Hill celebrated the opening of its newest warehouse Friday, which ranks among the largest in the state.

    The size of the warehouse, which can store more than 55,600 barrels of aging bourbon, and the plans for up to 10 more warehouses on the complex, illustrates the optimism of the company, the company’s president said.

    “We think the best is yet to come,” said Heaven Hill President Max Shapira.

  • Beam joins PLG TV as sales rep

    Patrick Beam has joined PLG-TV as its newest sales rep.

    Beam grew up in Springfield, but is no stranger to the Bardstown area. He said his family would often come to the area for shopping or dining.

    “Bardstown’s the only place that had anything,” he said.

  • Wathen practicing in Alablama

    Dr. Laura Wathen grew up in Bardstown, where she graduated from Bardstown High School in 2008. In 2012, she graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology, summa cum laude and “Scholar of the College.”

    She then continued her education at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, where she earned her DMD degree in 2016. Wathen remained in the top 5 percent of her class through all four years of dental school.

  • Joe Hill’s donates to GO Foundation
  • Fort Knox Federal Credit Union wins statewide awards for sixth year

    For the sixth consecutive year, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union won first place in the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action and Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service competitions for credit unions with $1 billion or more in assets. The awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Credit Union League, honor credit unions statewide for their practical application of the “People Helping People” philosophy that is the hallmark of the credit union movement.

  • Heaven Hill has recovered and rebuilt, but remembers

    Some 20 years ago this week, a fire broke out at Heaven Hill’s Warehouse I and quickly spread to Warehouse K. Aided by strong gusts of wind up to 75 mph, flames reached heights of 350 feet in the air and could be seen from more than 20 miles away.

    “All of this started a bit after lunch” on Thursday, Nov. 7, recalled Max Shapira, Heaven Hill president and CEO. “You could see it was going to be quite serious. Overcast, windy, storms in the area.