Local News

  • Kentucky's drop in rate of uninsured people leads the nation in new census report

    By Greg Kocher
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Kentucky had the biggest decline among the 50 states last year in percentage of people without health insurance, according to census figures released Wednesday.
    The percentage of uninsured Kentuckians dropped from 14.3 percent in 2013 to 8.5 percent in 2014, a 5.8 percentage-point decline, the U.S. Census Bureau said. Stated another way, the uninsured population in Kentucky went from 616,000 to 366,000, a decrease of 250,000.

  • School bus stop arm violations a concern

    By Aaron Mudd
    Bowling Green Daily News

    Vehicles illegally passing school buses continues to be a safety concern, according to transportation directors for the county and city school districts.
    Nearly 80,000 vehicles passed school buses illegally in a one-day observation survey recently released by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. A total of 102,371 buses participated in the survey, which included 26 states – but not Kentucky – and found that 78,518 illegal passes had occurred.

  • Bank wants to foreclose on disabled vet

    By Andrew Wolfson
    The Courier-Journal

    Pierced by shrapnel 46 years ago in Vietnam, 74-year-old Cleveland Graham is paralyzed from the waist down.
    After breaking his neck a second time in a 2001 wheelchair accident, his hands are gnarled, he is scarred by bed sores, and he must relieve himself through a catheter and colostomy bag.

  • Tyler’s gifts

    Tyler Hamilton left this earth tragically and unexpectedly.
    On July 29, the 24-year-old Loretto man died after reportedly falling from a vehicle on West Main Street in Lebanon.
    But, that’s not the end of his story.
    As a registered organ donor, Hamilton saved five lives.
    “Maybe that was God’s plan all along,” Tyler’s mother, Carla Mudd Constant, said, holding a photo of her son. “Maybe that was Tyler’s purpose… to help other people live.”

  • KU warning customers about bill-payment scam

    Kentucky Utilities wants its customers to be aware of a scam in which businesses are being asked to pay their bills over the phone.
    In this scam, the caller claims to represent the local utility company and requests immediate payment by credit card or prepaid money card. The caller may be using technology that makes it appear he or she is calling from the utility. If the customer does not cooperate, the call threatens to disconnect the electric or natural gas service.

  • Farmers share pipeline experiences with legislators

    After a brief introduction by State Representative Terry Mills, Gene Lanham, a farmer from Gravel Switch, moved closer to the microphone. He shared with state legislators how pipeline companies have treated him and how their work over the years has impacted what he can do on his own property.
    He remembered the first natural gas pipeline was put installed on his family’s property during the 1940s.

  • Climate Change Rally to be held in Springfield

    The Washington County Judicial Center will be a hotbed of activity this week as the We Stand with Francis on Climate Change Rally is set to take place Thursday.
    “It’s a rally to publically say that we of New Pioneers and the people of the area, meaning the tri-county area … stand with Pope Francis, who’s going to be speaking that morning to a joint session of congress on the urgent need to do something about climate change,” Sister Claire McGowan, executive director of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future, said.

  • Sen. Jimmy Higdon named KACCS Legislator of the Year

    Kentucky State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, has been named the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS) 2015 Legislator of the Year.
    Sen. Higdon, the Senate Majority Caucus Whip and a member the Senate Education Committee, received the award during the KACCS 2015 Educational Conference and Annual Meeting, held Aug. 20 at the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in Louisville.

  • Campbellsville motorcyclist injured in Friday morning crash

    A Campbellsville man was seriously injured Friday morning when he was driving his motorcycle on Campbellsville Highway and hit a dump truck.

    The accident occurred at 5:45 a.m. at the intersection of West Main Street and Adam Hughes Drive, near Wal-mart in Lebanon, according to Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady.

  • Citizens to discuss concerns regarding land use at fiscal court meeting

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be having its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m., today, Thursday, Sept. 17.
    The agenda includes:
    • Julie Peake, Alton Tatum and Greg Nugent and other concerned citizens will be in attendance to discuss some concerns they are having with land use, deed restrictions and their views on how county ordinances could help in Marion County.
    • Department reports
    There will be a public hearing at 5 p.m. for the consideration of the acceptance of Windy Hill Drive into the county maintenance system.