Local News

  • Hemp growers, processors must apply by end of year to participate

    By Judah Taylor
    The News-Enterprise

    Farmers and processors wanting to participate in the 2015 hemp pilot projects must apply by the year’s end, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced.
    The projects allow farmers to grow hemp, but not for commercial uses, according to Hardin County Extension Agent Matt Adams who described the hemp industry as being more “experimental than commercial” right now.

  • Heroin bill needed in 2015

    By Brad Bowman
    Frankfort State Journal

    According to drug treatment admission statistics from the state, heroin remains the most frequent drug treatment admission in northern states like New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey and then progresses south through the U.S. to Pennsylvania before it jumps west to Illinois.
    Connecting the chain between those states, West Virginia and Kentucky’s largest number of drug treatment cases involve opiate abuse, which has continued with the rising popularity of heroin in our state.

  • AG warn of seasonal scams, identity theft

    Kentucky Press News Service

    With the holiday shopping season underway, Attorney General Jack Conway is urging Kentucky consumers to be vigilant of seasonal scams and identity theft. Millions of consumers turn to their smart phones, tablets and computers for their holiday shopping needs, which has cybercriminals and hackers working overtime to exploit unsuspecting shoppers for their credit card and financial information.

  • Moving on

    John G. Mattingly will be retiring for the second time at the end of December.
    After a 27-year career as a teacher, Mattingly, 61, is in his final month of his second and final term as the Marion County judge/executive, although he said doing the work of the county takes a group effort.
    “That’s really part of the job, to build rapport in the community with all those folks that can be a part of the community’s growth and success,” he said.

  • Board sets new meeting time, date

    In January, the Marion County Board of Education will start meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursdays.
    During their Nov. 25 meeting at Loretto City Hall, school board members voted to change their regular meetings to the 4 p.m. on Thursdays. The board’s regular meetings have been at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout 2014.
    Board member Jerry Evans cast the only opposing vote to the change. He expressed concerns that the proposed meeting time would not be convenient for parents who may want to attend a meeting.

  • Parents’ lawsuit against school district dismissed

    A civil lawsuit accusing a Marion County Public Schools staff member of abusing special education students and accusing local education officials of ignoring those accusations has been dismissed.
    According to the agreed order of dismissal filed Nov. 17 in Marion Circuit Court, the complaint has been resolved, although the terms of the settlement are not being released.

  • Tennessee Gas Line meeting set for Dec. 9

    The Loretto Community will be hosting at meeting for anyone interested in the proposed repurposing of a portion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to carry natural gas liquids.
    The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the conference room at the Loretto Motherhouse, 515 Nerinx Road in Nerinx.
    According to the meeting organizers, the focus of the meeting will be planning a response to plans by Kinder Morgan Inc. * to use a portion of the existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which now carries natural gas, to begin transporting natural gas liquids.

  • Maker’s Mark candlelight tours begin Dec. 6

    Maker’s Mark Distillery staff have decked the halls with wreaths, ribbons, garland and thousands of lights, and the public is invited to celebrate the season with the annual holiday candlelight tours. Free self-guided tours are available Saturday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST, with no reservations necessary.


  • Loretto Christmas Parade is Friday, Dec. 5

    The City of Loretto will be getting into the Christmas spirit Friday with its annual holiday festivities and Christmas parade. The tree lighting will take place at 5:45 p.m., and the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.
    To participate in this year’s parade, or for more information, go to http://lorettochristmasparade.homestead.com.
    There will be road closures in the area beginning at 6:15 p.m. Those roads will reopen when the parade has ended.

  • Submit your funny, awkward Santa photos!

    It's that time of year again.
    It's time to take your children to get their photos taken with Santa Claus.
    After all, it's a tradition, right?
    Every year, we dress our children up in their most festive holiday outfits, hoping to get that perfect photo of Santa Claus and little Johnny and Sally smiling with rosy, dimpled cheeks.
    But, let's be honest.
    That rarely, if ever, happens.