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  • 30 years after dying in the line of duty, Lexington police officer remembered

    By Morgan Eads
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Lexington police officer Roy H. Mardis died on duty 30 years ago, but his legacy continued to be felt Sunday night as his family gathered with K-9 unit officers to remember him.

  • Thousands rally in support of Rowan clerk

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - A fiery crowd of thousands poured onto the Capitol lawn Saturday, espousing Bible verses and roaring praise for three Kentucky county clerks who have refused marriage licenses for same-sex couples despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
    Christian supporters apparently traveled from across the state – many arriving on buses – as conservative advocates and lawmakers pledged to back efforts that would shield county clerks who have denied licenses on religious grounds.

  • Toyota eyes 2017 for opening date on new engineering facility

    By Dan Adkins
    Georgetown News-Graphic

    Toyota broke ground last week for a 250,000-square-foot facility to accommodate nearly 700 production engineers who will be based in Georgetown in 2017.
    The move is part of Toyota North America’s centralizing various aspects of its design, production and business operations, company CEO Jim Lentz said.

  • Lawyer wants suspect's confession supressed

    By Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    A lawyer representing a man accused of burning his 2-year-old son with extremely hot water wants a confession suppressed.
    Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding will consider Bryan Bennett's motion to suppress Kevin Jones' confession at a hearing at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28.
    Jones, 26, of Bell Court in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree criminal abuse, victim under 12, a Class C felony, and first-degree assault, a Class B felony.

  • Parents of missing woman pursue visitation rights

    The Kentucky Standard

    Sherry Ballard brought a small stuffed pig in her purse to the courtroom Wednesday morning, Aug. 19, with the hope of giving it to her youngest grandson, who loves the animal.
    But after a hearing for visitation with her grandson, Eli, was pushed back to Sept. 10, she knew the exchange would have to wait.
    Tommy and Sherry Ballard, parents of missing Bardstown woman Crystal Rogers, have not been able to interact with their 2-year-old grandson in seven weeks, since Rogers disappeared from the area.

  • Search continues on smaller scale for missing Nelson County woman

    By Kacie Goode
    Landmark News Service

    It’s been seven weeks since Crystal Rogers was reported missing to authorities by her parents and, while numbers have dwindled, search efforts by the family continue.
    “Right now, it’s probably four or five of us with the dogs,” Tommy Ballard, Rogers’ father, told the Standard. “That’s all we need right now with what we’re doing.”

  • Overcoming barriers

    Dexi Irvin sat down and opened her reading book at the small desk in Elma Simpson’s office. Today’s lesson emphasized certain words, like ‘remembered.’
    “Can you use that in a sentence?” Simpson asked.
    “My brother remembered to close the door,” Irvin replied.
    “Good,” Simpson said.
    Irvin carefully sounded out the words as she read a story about a girl named Camilla and her family. When she had trouble with a name or a new word, Simpson was there to offer guidance.

  • New home for monument

    A monument honoring Marion County veterans who died in every war since World War I has a new home. The monument was moved Aug. 18 from its old location next to the old Marion County Courthouse (now the Marion County Heritage Center) to the Marion County Judicial Center. City of Lebanon, county and Marion County Welding and Fabrication employees handled the relocation.

  • Community orchestra making music in Marion County

    Musicians in and around Marion County will be making music this Sunday, Aug. 30, at the premiere concert of the Kentucky Classic Orchestra and Centre Saxes at Centre Square in Lebanon.
    Robin Humphress, of Kentucky Classic Theatre, said the orchestra is one more way for people in around Marion County to enjoy the arts.
    “It’s giving people the opportunity to play with other professional musicians,” she said. “It’s going to be fun. I’m excited.”

  • Jets event seeking financial support from commission

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has upheld Jets Over Kentucky as a model for the type of events they want to promote, and last week, the events organizer visited the commission.
    Lewis “The General” Patton came to the commission during its Aug. 17 meeting seeking assistance to keep the event going strong.