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  • Tourist commission approves $2,000 for concert marketing

    Robin Humphress visited the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission during its Feb. 17 meeting seeking $5,500 for a concert planned for Sept. 6.
    Humphress of Kentucky Classic Arts is trying to bring The Bretts to Lebanon. The Bretts are a family of singers, songwriters and performers based in Branson, Mo.
    According to Humphress’s application, they are planning to sell tickets for $20 apiece. The $5,500 request was to help cover the performers’ fee and help with marketing.

  • Addicted newborns increasing in Kentucky, new report says

    By Laura Ungar
    The Courier-Journal

    Hospitalizations for Kentucky babies born dependent on drugs because of their mothers’ addictions are continuing to rise steeply even as drug overdose deaths level off, a new University of Kentucky report says.

  • PSC calls on utilities to work with customers facing big bills

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Public Service Commission has called on the state’s electric and natural gas utilities to work with customers who are having difficulty paying extremely large heating bills in the wake of extremely cold weather this winter.
    In a letter sent to the chief executives of the utilities, the PSC asks that utilities “be as flexible as possible…in avoiding disconnections and in allowing customers to make arrangements to extend their payments.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline to be delayed a year

    By Ryan Quinn
    The State Journal

    The Feb. 19 announcement that the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline will be delayed a year is a victory in “round one” for Kentuckians, a leading opponent to the project said.
    Chris Schimmoeller, president of Envision Franklin County, said the company’s decision gives respite to landowners.
    “I look forward to solving some of these issues without the pipeline breathing down our necks,” Schimmoeller said.

  • Key bills moving slowly in Kentucky legislature

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, KY. — With less than 30 meeting days remaining in Kentucky‘s 2014 General Assembly, only two of the more than 570 proposed bills have been signed into law: one sets a deadline for creating voter precincts and the second expands prescribing power for nurses.
    Left hanging are numerous high-profile proposals on tax reform, gambling, heroin abuse, minimum wage and the use of eminent domain to build the Bluegrass Pipeline — with most moving at a glacial pace, if at all.

  • Bill would make life without parole minimum penalty for killing a cop

    By Randy Patrick
    The Kentucky Standard

    Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, has filed a bill in the state legislature that would make the minimum penalty for killing a peace officer life without parole.
    House Bill 368, if it becomes law, would be named The Officer Jason Ellis Memorial Act in honor of the 33-year-old Bardstown police officer who was ambushed and murdered last May on the Bluegrass Parkway on his way home from work.

  • Taylor County woman still going strong at 106

    She still remembers the first time she rode in a car. And she can recall her first airplane ride. But she doesn't seem to understand why there is such a fuss about her 106th birthday.
    On Feb. 16, Frances Moss celebrated 106 years of life. Performers from Kentucky Classic Theater came to The Grandview Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, where Moss now lives, to perform songs from her lifetime in her honor.
    "It was so much more than I thought it was going to be," she said.

  • Beefy operation

    Unlike many recipients of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Awards, Pat Hourigan wasn’t surprised to hear his name called at the chamber dinner.
    Hourigan wasn’t being vain, however.
    “They pretty much had to tell me to get me to show up,” he said.
    Hourigan, 52, grew up in Gravel Switch. He was the youngest of Ross and Betty Hourigan’s three children.

  • History on display

    Adam Poff has been impressed with the work done by the Marion County Historical Society to transform the old courthouse into the Marion County Heritage Center.
    “It has become a fixture in the community in such a short period of time,” Poff said.
    And as the outgoing president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, he selected the heritage center to receive this year’s President’s Award.
    Most people probably know that the center is the home of the Turtleman Museum, but there’s more to it than that.

  • Strong: ‘A mighty man of God’

    “Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 1:9)
    Tanner Strong etched those words on the cover of his Bible with a pocketknife. If he were here today, that’s undoubtedly the advice he would give to his father, family and friends who are grieving his death.
    “He was a mighty man of God,” Joe Strong said about his 16-year-old son.
    Jeffrey Tanner Strong died Feb. 19 when he and a friend were tearing down a tree house.