Local News

  • Aug. 1 Windstream meeting has been cancelled

    An Aug. 1 meeting to discuss Internet service in Marion County has been cancelled.

    Windstream officials have notified the Marion County Economic Development Office that they would not be able to make it to an Aug. 1 meeting.

    However, they are looking for other possible dates, according Mary Lou Brock of the economic development office.

  • MCHS principal resigns to move to central office position

    School starts in less than two weeks in Marion County, and the district is searching for two principals.
    A.C. Glasscock Elementary School is currently searching for a principal after Lee Ann Divine resigned this month to become the principal at Mercer County Elementary School. And, Thursday night, July 25, Marion County High School Principal Stacey Hall sent an email to his staff at 8:37 p.m., announcing his resignation. In the email, he said he will be moving to a position at central office.

  • 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.