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  • Tourism impact reaches $12.5 billion, report says

    Kentucky Press News Service

    The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky amounted to more than $12.5 billion in 2013, Gov. Steve Beshear and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Bob Stewart announced today. The economic impact figure is a 2.6 percent increase from 2012.

  • Injured vets cycling from Covington to Nashville

    By Alyssa Harvey
    Bowling Green Daily News

    As bystanders waved American flags April 30 along Wilkinson Trace, 150 veterans on bicycles, handcycles and recumbents streamed into the Holiday Inn University Plaza parking lot.
    “Don’t stop!” several of the veterans yelled as they rolled in.
    The veterans were part of the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge.
    Ride 2 Recovery helps injured veterans improve their health and wellness through individual and group cycling.

  • Vintage steam train to chug into Danville

    By Pam Wright
    The Advocate Messenger

    Train aficionados will be in for a treat May 17-18 when a vintage steam train full of passengers rolls into Danville.
    The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum teamed up with Norfolk Southern to offer an interactive, historical experience in a vintage train for passengers from Cincinnati to Danville, and back.
    According to Jennifer Kirchner, director of Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 670 passengers will disembark in Danville each day.

  • Democratic Senate candidate: Greg Leichty

    Greg Leichty, 58, and his wife live in Louisville. They have two daughters, who are 29 and 26 years old.

    Leichty grew up on a farm in southeastern Iowa, but he came to Kentucky in 1978 as a community service volunteer in the Hazard area. He went on to complete his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Kentucky. He taught at the University of South Alabama briefly before he was hired at the University of Louisville in 1991. 

  • Democratic Senate candidate: Tom Recktenwald

    Tom Recktenwald, 67, worked at the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville, where he was a union representative, for 30 years until it closed. He recently retired after 14 years as the technology coordinator at Notre Dame Academy, a private elementary school in Louisville.

    He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 44 years. They have a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.

  • WMES Principal has resigned

    enji Mattingly, who has been principal at West Marion Elementary School since July of 2005, has resigned.
    According to an email from Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, Mattingly met with her Friday, May 2, and gave her his letter of resignation as principal of WMES, effective June 30.
    In April, Mattingly took a leave of absence.

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Request for  Renewal of Relay for Life (county presenting sponsorship)

    • Open bids for replacement bridge(s) at Buffalo Road and Delmar Caldwell Road

    • Second reading and adoption of revised county alcoholic beverage ordinance

    • Resolution fixing compensation of county officials starting term 2015

  • Preparing for the 400 Mile Sale

    The 11th anniversary of the 400 Mile Sale is just a month away, and organizers are encouraging participating sellers to continue putting away items to sell that weekend. Mark your calendars because June 5-8 Kentucky’s Scenic Byway Historic Highway 68 will come alive with merchants selling anything from estate furniture and antiques to clothing and kitchen gadgets. 

  • PSC approves Atmos Energy rate increase

    Atmos Energy has received approval to increase its rates from the Kentucky Public Service Commission.
    The current monthly charge for Atmos customers is $12.50 plus a $2.61 surcharge toward the replacement of aging gas lines, and a gas delivery charge of $1.10 per 1,000 cubic feet.
    Under the approved rate change, the monthly customer service charge will increase to $16 per month. The surcharge will reset to nothing, and the delivery charge will increase to $1.32 per 1,000 cubic feet.

  • Little League parents… listen up!

    It’s that time of year again. The ballparks are packed with baseball and softball players of all ages, along with their proud parents and families.