Business news, Feb. 14

Published 8:36 am Friday, February 16, 2018

Johnson speaks to Kiwanis


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Jessica R. Johnson, program development coordinator with CASA of the Bluegrass, was guest speaker at Kiwanis this past week.

One thing we were reminded about from the outset is that in addition to being the organization through which their volunteers operate, each volunteer  is also a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). The mission of CASA of the Bluegrass is to advance the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in the Boyle/Mercer County Family Court system through the training and support of community volunteers who serve as court appointed special advocates working with children, the family and the court.

In 2017, CASA served 163 children in Boyle/Mercer and 118 volunteers in our community advocated for these kids giving them a voice in court and making sure they were in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers are the eyes and ears of the Court, making independent, objective recommendations regarding the best interest of the child.

Watch “CASA of the Bluegrass —  Isabella’s Story” on Vimeoat

CASA volunteer orientation starts 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the CASA of the Bluegrass office, 473 W. Walnut St, Danville. To discover more about volunteering, inquire with Jessica R. Johnson at or (859) 936-3546.  Also, check out their website at

To learn more about Kiwanis Club of Danville – opportunities for learning, fellowship and service to the Danville area –  email or

Centre ranked No. 2 in South by Wall Street Journal 


Centre College 

When the Wall Street Journal set out to determine the top 10 colleges in the South in small-town settings, Centre College came in at No. 2 on the list, just behind Washington and Lee University and ahead of Sewanee: The University of the South.

The ranking was conducted in partnership with the Times Higher Education weekly magazine based in London. By definition, institutions in a small-town or rural setting have populations of less than 25,000 but greater than 2,500.

Many of the nation’s best colleges fit these criteria.

On a similar list for Top Northeast Schools, for instance, schools like Dartmouth, Williams, Middlebury, Bowdoin, Colgate, Bucknell and Colby appeared among the top 10 in that ranking.

The rankings methodology focused on four categories: resources, engagement, graduate outcomes and learning environment.

As part of the ranking, students responded to a survey and Centre scored high marks in terms of prompts about “right choice,” “career preparation” and “inspiring” environment.

Students scored Centre highest when asked, “If you could start over, would you still choose this college?”

The second highest response rate occurred when current students were queried, “Is your college effective in helping you to secure valuable internships that prepare you for your chosen career?”

Finally, student responses were similarly positive when asked, “Does your college provide an environment where you feel you are surrounded by exceptional students who inspire and motivate you?”

When town size is not a criteria, Centre does equally well in other rankings that delineate by region.

Forbes, for example, has ranked Centre as high as #3 in the South. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which looks at best values in higher education, recently ranked Centre #4 in the South, behind only Davidson College, Washington and Lee University and the University of Richmond.

Complete information about this WSJ/Times Higher Education ranking is available at