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Local News

  • Pipeline: Progress or problem?

    Since it was announced, the Bluegrass Pipeline project has spurred vocal and persistent opposition in areas along the proposed route, and now that issue has come to Marion County.
    Landowners in the Loretto/St. Francis area were contacted about allowing surveys on their property related to a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas liquids (NGLs) from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to Louisiana.
    Locally, the Loretto community (which includes the Sisters of Loretto and Loretto co-members) is trying to raise awareness about the project. 

  • Huge success

    For as long as Jimmy Brady can remember, he’s been big. He was bigger than his classmates in school, and he remained big after his school days were behind him.
    “That was me,” he said. “I knew I needed to do something about it, but I didn’t know what to do.”
    Last year, however, he finally figured it out. He underwent gastric sleeve surgery, which removed most of his stomach, and required severe changes in his diet.
    Jimmy, 36, has lost 291 pounds, and if you ask him, he’ll tell you he’s never felt better.

  • Job fair for MAC employees planned for Aug. 8

    The Marion County Economic Development Office is working to hold a job fair Aug. 8 for employees of Marion Adjustment Center. The private prison was notified last month that the state would not be renewing its contract to hold state prisoners. The job fair would allow MAC employees to meet with local industries about vacant positions. The discussion was part of the Marion County Industrial Foundation meeting on July 18.

  • 2014 Marion County Distinguished Young Women Program celebrates 50 years
  • Haz-mat class set for Aug. 17

    The Kentucky Emergency Management has scheduled a hazardous materials/emergency response guidebook class beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 17 at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.
    The class will provide awareness-level training for first responders, who may be likely to witness or discover a hazardous materials release. The class will focus on detecting hazardous situations and making appropriate calls to secure the scene and prevent contamination.

  • Thanks to lower spending, small revenue growth, state closes fiscal year with $70M surplus

    Thanks to slowed spending by cash-strapped state agencies, as well as a small bump in General Fund revenues, state Budget Director Jane Driskell announced Friday that Kentucky state government closed the 2012-13 fiscal year with a General Fund surplus of $70.6 million.
    Driskell warned, however, in a state news release that the fiscal year that just began July 1 extends the budget cuts that were in place last year, and that state agencies would continue to be challenged to deliver services with fewer dollars despite rising costs.

  • Kentucky food prices fall, led by vanilla ice cream

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Food prices in Kentucky in all six food groups fell in the second quarter, according to the Kentucky Farm Bureau Marketbasket Survey.
    It was the first across-the-board decline in more than five years, according to Farm Bureau. The average of $112.70 for 40 basic grocery items was the lowest total since 2010.
    Prices fell $3.57, or 3.1 percent, from the same list in the first quarter of the year, and they were down 0.3 percent from the second quarter of 2012.

  • Mosquitoes invading Kentucky in a big way this year because of rainy weather

    By Jim Warren and Cheryl Truman
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    If you've done any yard work in the early morning or late afternoon recently, you've probably noticed a familiar, nerve-jangling humming around your ears.
    Let the swatting and slapping begin.
    Mosquitoes are back, and in a big way.
    All the rain earlier this summer created countless places in Kentucky for mosquitoes to breed. And the current hot, humid weather is perfect for helping mosquito eggs turn into biting adults in as little as five days.

  • Nelson County woman charged with attempted murder

    By Kristie Hamon
    Landmark News Service

    A Cox’s Creek woman was arrested early Wednesday morning, July 17, for attempted murder.
    Mary Masden, 50, allegedly stabbed Jerry Mudd in the back of his head around 3:30 a.m. leaving a 1.5-inch stab wound, officers reported. She also stabbed him in the back of his right shoulder.

  • Beshear announces creation of Office of Entrepreneurship

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – To streamline and bolster business development in Kentucky, the Cabinet for Economic Development has created the Office of Entrepreneurship within the Cabinet’s Department for Business Development. The office will enhance existing efforts to help businesses at every step of the growth cycle.