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  • James Comer: Republican candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture

    James Comer

    Republican candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture


    1. Why are you seeking this office?

    JC: I've been a lifelong farmer. I'm a fifth generation farmer. I love agriculture. I love farmers and farm communities, and I know I can make a difference and take agriculture to the next level.


  • Farmer vs. a farmer in race for ag commissioner

    One candidate to be Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture has done stand-up comedy. His opponent thinks his campaign is a joke.

    The Democratic candidate, Robert "Bob" Farmer of Louisville operates his own marketing firm, in addition to his occasional comedy performances. James Comer of Monroe County, the Republican candidate, is a farmer who has also served as a state representative.

  • Bob Farmer: Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture

    Bob Farmer

    Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture

    1. Why are you seeking this office?

  • Emergency management director resigns

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly received an email from Blair announcing that he is resigning effective at midnight, Sept. 30.

    Blair has served as the emergency management director since Oct. 1, 2003.
    "I would like to thank the court and the citizens of Marion County for their support during this time," Blair wrote in his resignation email. "Remember mission first, people always."

  • Bradfordsville Post Office meeting Oct. 5

    United State Postal Service officials will be in Bradfordsville on Wednesday, Oct. 5. A meeting will take place at 5 p.m. at the old Bradfordsville School.

    The Bradfordsville Post Office is one of the local offices the postal service is considering for closure. Bradfordsville Mayor David Edelen encouraged as many people as possible to attend the meeting.

  • Loretto Homecoming is Saturday

    The Mark Mattingly Memorial Loretto Homecoming will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Loretto Ball Park. This event is a fund-raiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

    The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Bidding for the silent auction will start at that time as will the Tim Fowler Firefighter Challenge, in which different fire departments from around the area will compete in a variety of skills tests.

  • Ham Days Pride

    Sunshine prevailed during Ham Days 2011.

    "We did have wonderful weather," said Brad Mattingly, chairman of the Ham Days committee.

    Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for Marion County's biggest annual celebration. Whether someone was looking for music or a marshmallow gun, it was there to be found.

  • Two Marion County deputy jailers arrested

    Two deputy jailers at the Marion County Detention Center were arrested Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, on federal charges of providing contraband to inmates.

    Shawn Perkins, 35, and Michael Cook, 24, have been arrested on charges of providing contraband to prison inmates. Perkins is also facing a charge of trafficking with intent to distribute illegal narcotics.

    United States Attorney David J. Hale announced the arrests Sept. 21.

  • Lost and found

    Nearly 45 hours after disappearing, Randall Chesser was found alive, next to a creek off of Coulter Lane, lying on the ground, roughly three miles from his home.

    The 7-year-old autistic boy from Willisburg endured rain, wind and storms that started on Sunday night and lasted into Monday morning.


    "We praise God for just the fact that we found him, and found him alive and he seems to be healthy," John Settles, Washington County judge/executive, said.

  • Tourism commission ready to narrow list of applicants

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is moving closer to hiring its next executive director.

    The commissioners have received 30 applications (including an application that arrived postmarked after the mailing deadline that they agreed to accept), and they scheduled a special-called meeting for Sept. 27 to discuss the applicants.