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  • Still going strong

    The first Old Mill Day was held in 1989, and for a quarter century, the celebration has remained a time when the Bradfordsville community comes together.

    Admittedly, it was a noticeably smaller affair when it first began.

    “We had the supper. We had fireworks. We had music,” Bradfordsville Mayor David Edelen recalled.

    The idea for Old Mill Day, in a way, rose out of what many in the community considered a sad event — the closing of the Bradfordsville School in 1984.

  • Two caught after escape attempt

    On June 13, two prisoners tried but failed to escape while at the Marion County Judicial Center.
    The two prisoners Samantha J. Rigdon, 25, and Jonathan C. Livers, 18, attempted their escape while they were being transported from court. Sheriff Jimmy Clements was preparing to place the prisoners in a vehicle to transport them to the Marion County Detention Center when Rigdon and Livers tried to run across the parking lot while wearing full restraints.
    Both were apprehended before they got out of the parking lot.

  • Calvary Elementary School Summer School Showcase

    Family Resource Director Amy Newton and Calvary Elementary School staff invited the community to a special presentation to highlight their week of summer school Friday afternoon. The presentation included a physical education demonstration with Danny Marks. It also included two songs that focus around the theme of summer school this year, which was oceanic life and the world they live in. Artwork that the children completed was on display.

  • Doug Mattingly files as write-in candidate for judge/executive race

    Doug Mattingly lost the Marion County Judge/Executive race to David Daugherty in the May primary election by a large margin, but he’s not giving up just yet.
    Tuesday, June 10, he filed to run as a write-in candidate for the judge/executive’s race in November.
    “I still think I’m the better person for that job,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think it, I know that I’m the better person for that job.”

  • Judge recuses himself in election case

    A hearing was scheduled June 13 in the lawsuit filed over the results of the May 20 Republican primary race for the 24th District state representatives, but the court is no closer to a decision.
    The 24th District includes Green, LaRue and Marion counties.
    David Williams, who is a circuit judge in the 40th Judicial District, had been appointed as a special judge, but he has recused himself from the case.

  • Board meeting focused on 2013-14 ‘highlights’

    A crowd of approximately 40 people attended the June 10 meeting of the Marion County Board of Education. However, no delegations were included on the agenda, and no public comments were made at the meeting.
    The June 10 meeting occurred just one day after a public forum in Loretto in which multiple citizens expressed concerns about the direction the school district is heading, including some concerns about recent personnel decisions.

  • Educators say Kentucky is on the right track with Common Core standards

    By Matt Young
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    The names of the presidents of the University of Louisville and Kentucky State University were noticeably absent last week from a group of more than 200 national college leaders who indicated their support for the controversial Common Core education standards by forming the coalition Higher Ed for Higher Standards.

  • More companies are expected to sell health policies on Kentucky exchange next year

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — More insurance companies are expressing an interest in selling policies on Kentucky's health-benefit exchange next year — a move state officials say will benefit consumers.
    All five insurance companies that sold policies this year on the exchange known as Kynect want to come back for 2015, and at least one other — CareSource — wants to join them.

  • Who spent the most to lobby Frankfort?

    By Scott Wartman
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Tobacco lobby money in Frankfort poured in this year as statewide smoking ban legislation stagnated.
    No company spent more to lobby Kentucky state legislators this year than tobacco giant Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris Co., spending $156,200 during the General Assembly session that lasted from January to April.
    Some would say it's no coincidence that for the fourth straight year, a statewide smoking ban failed to pass.

  • Kentuckians on both sides of debate over federal nutrition guidelines for school lunches

    By John Moritz
    Lexington Herald-Leader Washington Bureau

    WASHINGTON — Debate in Washington over a controversial school lunch waiver has spread into the Bluegrass State. Proponents say the innocuous proposal helps rural schools, while critics argue that it threatens years of work combating one of the nation's largest childhood obesity rates.