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Local News

  • Six local students reflect on their GSP and GSA experiences

    Over the summer, five Marion County High School students participated in the Governor’s Scholars Program, and one student took part in the Governer’s School for the Arts.
    GSP started in 1983 because Kentucky leaders wanted to help keep the state’s "best and brightest" to pursue educational and career opportunities in the Commonwealth. Students selected for the program attend without charge. GSP is supported through a partnership between the Office of the Governor, the Kentucky State Legislature, and private enterprise.

  • Halloween in the Park is still on

    At its August meeting, the Heartland Safe Community Coalition decided to discontinue its sponsorship of Halloween in the Park. The event will continue, however, with the Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon parks department taking over the festivities.
    This year’s event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31 at Graham Memorial Park.

  • Republicans vote to give Rand Paul a caucus, if the money is there

    By Sam Yougman
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — It wasn't unanimous, but Kentucky Republicans voted Saturday to hold a presidential preference caucus next year, helping U.S. Sen. Rand Paul get around a state law prohibiting a candidate from appearing on the same ballot twice.
    But the approval of a caucus is conditional on whether Paul has transferred $250,000 to an account controlled by the Republican Party of Kentucky before Sept. 18. If the money is not there, the party will automatically revert to a primary.

  • Kentucky joins national crackdown to reduce impaired driving fatalities

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is supporting state and local law enforcement during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 21 through Sept. 7.
    The nationwide impaired driving crackdown includes high-visibility enforcement and high-profile events, and is supported by national paid advertising provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • 30 years after dying in the line of duty, Lexington police officer remembered

    By Morgan Eads
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Lexington police officer Roy H. Mardis died on duty 30 years ago, but his legacy continued to be felt Sunday night as his family gathered with K-9 unit officers to remember him.

  • Thousands rally in support of Rowan clerk

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - A fiery crowd of thousands poured onto the Capitol lawn Saturday, espousing Bible verses and roaring praise for three Kentucky county clerks who have refused marriage licenses for same-sex couples despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
    Christian supporters apparently traveled from across the state – many arriving on buses – as conservative advocates and lawmakers pledged to back efforts that would shield county clerks who have denied licenses on religious grounds.

  • Toyota eyes 2017 for opening date on new engineering facility

    By Dan Adkins
    Georgetown News-Graphic

    Toyota broke ground last week for a 250,000-square-foot facility to accommodate nearly 700 production engineers who will be based in Georgetown in 2017.
    The move is part of Toyota North America’s centralizing various aspects of its design, production and business operations, company CEO Jim Lentz said.

  • Lawyer wants suspect's confession supressed

    By Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    A lawyer representing a man accused of burning his 2-year-old son with extremely hot water wants a confession suppressed.
    Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding will consider Bryan Bennett's motion to suppress Kevin Jones' confession at a hearing at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28.
    Jones, 26, of Bell Court in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree criminal abuse, victim under 12, a Class C felony, and first-degree assault, a Class B felony.

  • Parents of missing woman pursue visitation rights

    The Kentucky Standard

    Sherry Ballard brought a small stuffed pig in her purse to the courtroom Wednesday morning, Aug. 19, with the hope of giving it to her youngest grandson, who loves the animal.
    But after a hearing for visitation with her grandson, Eli, was pushed back to Sept. 10, she knew the exchange would have to wait.
    Tommy and Sherry Ballard, parents of missing Bardstown woman Crystal Rogers, have not been able to interact with their 2-year-old grandson in seven weeks, since Rogers disappeared from the area.

  • Search continues on smaller scale for missing Nelson County woman

    By Kacie Goode
    Landmark News Service

    It’s been seven weeks since Crystal Rogers was reported missing to authorities by her parents and, while numbers have dwindled, search efforts by the family continue.
    “Right now, it’s probably four or five of us with the dogs,” Tommy Ballard, Rogers’ father, told the Standard. “That’s all we need right now with what we’re doing.”