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  • 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.

  • House destroyed but no injuries in Clell Mattingly Road house fire

     Firefighters from Loretto, Raywick and Lebanon responded to a house fire Feb. 25 at 1020 Clell Mattingly Road.

    J.C. “Tooders” Mattingly, 83, was at home during the fire, but got out with the help of David Ray Hardesty.

    “I had no idea it was happening,” Mattingly said.

    While he got out unharmed, Mattingly’s house was pretty well destroyed. He said he’d lived there his entire life.

  • Memorial service for MCHS student is today

    Tanner Strong's classmates will be holding a memorial service for him at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Marion County High School track. Strong died Feb. 19 after an accident while taking down a treehouse.

    Strong, 16, was an avid UK fan, and students are encouraged to wear their UK gear, blue and white balloons and a white candle.

    Strong was buried Monday, Feb. 24.

  • More than ready to ride

    David Thompson remembers going to horse races in Green and Adair counties when he was 5 or 6 years old. There, he watched Dick and Pipel Cowherd ride horses named Davey Crockett and Francis, and he knew from that moment on that he wanted to be a jockey, too.
    He had a pony, and he even asked his dad to make him a track on their property in Springfield. Thompson, now 62, even made his own stirrups out of grass.
    After a lot of work, Thompson's dream came true in 1975 when he got his jockey's license.