Local News

  • Cleaning up Marion County

    In the past nine years, the county has cleaned 18 dumpsites, and that work continues today, Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator Keith Brock told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Oct. 1 meeting.
    “We’ve about cleaned this county up,” Brock said.
    The first dumpsite that was cleaned was the one located at Scott’s Ridge in Raywick. More recently, Brock inspected three illegal dumpsites near Gravel Switch, which the court approved cleaning during Thursday’s meeting.

  • Ham Days nightlife goes viral

    The annual Marion County Country Ham Days Festival is an opportunity for the community to showcase its hometown hospitality, southern charm and delicious food. But, the nightlife that fills the streets after official Ham Days festivities and events have ended has a tendency to get out of control.
    According to Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady, it’s nothing new for local law enforcement. He said they’ve been dealing with it for years.
    But, for citizens who have never witnessed it, and for visitors who are new to the community, it can be disturbing.

  • Report: 10 Kentucky children died last year from abuse

    By Deborah Yetter
    The Courier-Journal

    Ten Kentucky children died last year from abuse and neglect and another 32 suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the latest annual report of such statistics from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
    The leading cause of death and serious injury from physical abuse remains abusive head trauma, in which children and infants suffer severe head injuries inflicted by an adult.

  • Kentucky Lake Corn Maze popular draw for eager tourists

    By Mallory Panuska
    The Paducah Sun

    GILBERTSVILLE - A popular Gilbertsville tourist spot has extended its season and boosted visitor numbers this year by carefully planting rows of corn in the shape of two draft horses.
    The Kentucky Lake Corn Maze, a new addition to the Kentucky Shores Family Fun Center, encompasses 10 acres at the back side of the park. It opened Labor Day weekend and will run through Oct. 25.

  • Kentucky plans electronic voter registration

    By Sheldon S. Shafer
    The Courier-Journal

    All eligible Kentuckians will be able to register to vote electronically beginning with the 2016 presidential election cycle, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Tuesday.
    Speaking at a news conference at the Louisville League of Women Voters office, Grimes said, “Electronic voter registration levels the playing field, giving all eligible citizens a convenient, secure way to register to vote and update their information.”

  • More than $5 million gambled on Red Mile machines in less than 3 weeks

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    The gambling parlor at Red Mile took in more than $5 million in wagers in the first 19 days it was open, according to figures reported to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
    The $42 million project, which is jointly operated by Keeneland, has 902 instant racing machines, which means each machine averaged almost $300 a day in play during September. The parlor opened Sept. 12.
    Of the $5,115,524.23 wagered, more than $4.7 million was returned to players in the form of winnings.

  • Wife of accused killer of three at Danville pawn shop is scheduled to testify at Nov. 30 hearing

    By Greg Kocher
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    DANVILLE — The wife of accused killer and former preacher Kenneth Allen Keith is scheduled to testify Nov. 30 at a hearing related to the killing of three people in a Danville pawn shop. The hearing was set Monday by Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler.

  • Father of slain trooper asks Kentucky to upgrade glass in cruisers, make other safety changes

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — If his son had been in a Kentucky State Police cruiser with stronger bullet-resistant windows, he might still be alive, Joseph Ponder said Tuesday, Sept. 22.
    Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder's father, from Elizabethtown, appeared with Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo and other lawmakers at a news conference in the Capitol Annex to ask Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer to recommend ways to increase trooper safety in the field.

  • Bullitt County deputy indicted for drugs, allegedly has ties to a Mexican cartel

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A former special deputy with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office was recently indicted by federal officials.
    Christopher Mattingly, 27, of Shepherdsville, has been charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana.
    Federal prosecutors allege that Mattingly is a major drug distributor with ties to a cartel in Mexico.
    But the reason Mattingly remains in custody is his alleged threats to kill Mike Halbleib, who is director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force.

  • Cancer no match for Destiny

    God gives his hardest battle to his strongest soldiers.
    Eighteen-year-old Destiny Calhoun is proof.
    In September of 2013, at age 16, she was diagnosed with cancer.
    Destiny’s mother, Faith, said she became concerned after taking a photo of her daughter and noticing that something was off with her smile. Then she started noticing some swelling. So, she took her to the dentist. Still unsure about what was going on, they went to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and a biopsy revealed she had bone cancer in her jawbone.