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  • Two seek to challenge Whitfield for Congressional seat

    Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield has represented Kentucky’s First District since 1994.
    In 2012, Marion County and a sliver of Washington County were added to that district, but two Democrats are hoping 2014 will bring another change.
    Wesley Bolin, 25, and Charles Hatchett, 62, may be part of opposite ends of the generational divide, but they are united in seeking to unseat Whitfield in November.
    Both see themselves as quite different than the incumbent Congressman.

  • Beshear undecided on special session on heroin

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Hours after an effort to stem heroin abuse died in the Kentucky legislature, Gov. Steve Beshear said April 16 that he hasn’t decided whether to call a special session to resurrect the bill.
    Proposals to combat heroin with tougher penalties for dealers and more money for treatment languished on the House floor on the night of April 15 as lawmakers debated smaller bills and ran short on time. But supporters say the issue is too important to wait until 2015.

  • Guard against phishing in wake of Heartbleed Bug

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – With reports of the Heartbleed bug spreading like wildfire, it’s important to stay vigilant against potential scams.
    The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions is warning consumers about possible phishing attempts in the wake of the Heartbleed bug – a critical security vulnerability that has put many systems at risk.

  • Mid-Continent classes still meet despite decision to close

    By Kathleen Fox
    The Paducah Sun

    MAYFIELD - One day after Mid-Continent University announced full layoffs and a closure date at the end of June, students, faculty and staff members worked to salvage what’s left of the more than 60-year-old college.

  • State's snow, ice costs climb to $68 million this winter

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – A winter season punctuated by a polar vortex, sub-zero temperatures, and nasty snow and crippling ice storms created more than a traveling nuisance for Kentucky residents. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spent more than $68 million on snow and ice removal – about 1 1/2 times the cost of a typical Kentucky winter.

  • PROMposals
  • US Representative candidate – Wesley Bolin

     Wesley Bolin, 25, is both an employee and a student at Murray State University. He started his collegiate career in 2007 at Yale University, and he has divided his time between Yale and Murray State, while seeking to complete his degree in history.

    Bolin’s father is a history professor and a Kentucky historian at Murray State, and his mother is an elementary teacher. Bolin works in the special collections at the Pogue Library at Murray State.

    1. Why are you running for Congress?

  • US Representative candidate – Charles Hatchett

     Charles Hatchett, 62, first ran for Congress in 2010, and he challenged Whitfield again in 2012.

    The first time, he received 62,090 votes, and the second time, he picked up 87,199 votes, although he acknowledged Whitfield won comfortably both times. (In 2012, Marion County was the only county in the district that Hatchett won.)

  • MCHS Prom is Saturday

    Marion County High School's Prom is Saturday, April 26, from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m., at Centre Square in Lebanon. However, this year, the public will get  a chance to view all of the decorations in Centre Square from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. only. Also, make sure to check out our reader-submitted "Promposals" in this week's edition.
     

  • Former superintendent dies at 101

    Hugh C. Spalding, who served as the superintendent of Marion County schools for 37 years, died Sunday, April 20, at Sacred Heart Village in Louisville. He was 101 years old.
    Spalding became the Marion County superintendent when he was 25 years old and remained in that position until he retired. Spalding oversaw the consolidation of Marion County’s high schools and the integration of the public school system.