Local News

  • Most Kentucky grads not ready for college

    By Kirsten Clark
    The Courier-Journal

    By and large, recent Kentucky graduates aren’t ready for college-level coursework, according to state and national ACT scores released early Aug. 26. While 60 percent of students who graduated from Kentucky schools last spring hit ACT’s benchmark score — the achievement level that reflects a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher in a 100-level college class — in English, far fewer did in math, reading and science.

  • Gay couple turned away third time by Rowan clerk

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - James Yates and William Smith Jr., a couple of nearly 10 years, left the Rowan County Courthouse on Thursday frustrated and angry after clerks refused them a marriage license for a third time in recent weeks.
    But the pair promised to return.
    "It's just making us want to press more," Yates said. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis “can’t get away with this because it will open the door for so many other rights to be just thrown away.”

  • Biker gang murder trial underway in Warren County

    By Justin Story
    Bowling Green Daily News

    A man charged with murder in Casey County is being tried by a Warren County jury in a trial that started Monday.
    William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon, 30, of Lebanon, is accused of shooting Wendall Gleason Pyles, 50, on Sept. 26, 2012, at Tarter Gate Co. in Casey County, where Pyles worked.
    The case garnered considerable publicity in Casey County, leading to a change of venue for the jury trial.

  • Community orchestra debuts

    The Kentucky Classic Orchestra and Centre Saxes had its premiere concert Sunday at Centre Square in Lebanon. The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Lisa McArthur of Campbellsville University.
    The 21-piece orchestra and four-member saxophone ensemble include musicians from Marion County and around the region.

  • LABOR DAY: Honoring the American worker

    Labor Day is Monday.
    For many of us, Labor Day is the symbolic end of summer.
    However, in terms of a “holiday,” Labor Day probably doesn’t mean much to you.
    But, it should.
    Labor Day is a public holiday held in honor of working people.
    “It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” the United States Department of Labor’s website states.

  • LABOR DAY: The road back home

    When Terry Brockman graduated from Marion County High School in 1979, he was ready to move on and never come back.
    And yet, Brockman, 54, did return to his hometown — where he is now working as a cataloger at the Marion County Public Library — after taking a circuitous route through Richmond, Louisville, Georgetown, Lexington and Florida before ending where he started.
    Brockman is the son of the late Albert Brockman and Cettie Hamilton, and he was raised on St. Rose Road, where his family kept a garden for food.

  • LABOR DAY: Making makeup her art

    Emily May is an artist.
    The human face is her canvas.
    She can transform one’s face in subtle or dramatic ways.
    And she’s making a career out of it.
    A career that is evolving, but it’s already taken her to places she never dreamed she would be, including doing makeup on celebrities for the 2014 CMA Awards and makeup for the 2015 Miss Hooters International Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • LABOR DAY: 50 years of hair

    Gloria Benningfield, 68, celebrated her 50th year in the hair business in June.
    She remembers seeing the first perm, the invention of the curling iron, the blow dryer and the flat iron.
    “I’ve seen some amazing changes,” Benningfield said sitting in her salon last week. “I’m now doing the hair of my customers’ grandchildren. It’s so rewarding.”

  • LABOR DAY: Putting it all together

    Kevin Gootee is 24 years old and already living his dream. He has a job that matches his interests, working as an engineer, in a place that he’s happy to call home, Marion County.
    Gootee is the son of John and Lou Ann Gootee of Lebanon.
    “My parents got 62 acres, so we did a lot of hobby farming,” he said.
    Gootee remembers raising chickens and growing sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans when he was growing up.
    But he also liked taking things apart to see how they worked.

  • LABOR DAY: Factory worker to flight paramedic

    Greg Nugent, 51, never imagined he would be sitting where he is today - in the back of a helicopter working as a flight paramedic and helping save lives.
    He’s truly living his dream.
    But, just a few years ago, he had come to terms with the fact that he would probably work in a factory the rest of his life. It’s a reality that seemed destined to happen after dropping out of high school at age 16.