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  • Oldham is healthiest county in Kentucky, followed by Boone, Shelby, Calloway, Scott

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT - Oldham County ranks healthiest in Kentucky, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
    The rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org. In addition to the updated rankings, Kentucky has been selected by the foundation as one of three states being highlighted nationally for its success in implementing strategies for improving health at the community level.

  • State team hoping to make strides in Kentucky's overall health

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Kentucky’s health is poor and in dire need of improvement. This was the diagnosis from the state’s public health commissioner to members of the “kyhealthnow” Oversight Team Thursday during its first meeting.

  • The mark of good art

    In conjunction with Maker’s Mark’s 60th anniversary of kicking off the bourbon revolution, a stunning, 36’ x 6’ glass art installation by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly was unveiled March 26 in one of the distillery’s rack houses. The piece of art took more than seven months to complete and stretches down the walkway of one of the distillery’s rickhouses. The artwork will be available for the public to enjoy as a permanent part of the Maker’s Mark distillery tour.
     

  • Top of the barrel

    Barry Shewmaker was at the bottom of the barrel when he went to work at Kentucky Cooperage in 1991. In his first job, he was a barrel stacker, which is exactly what the title implies.
    And he used that experience to build a career.
    Today, Shewmaker is the plant manager at the cooperage, which is owned by Independent Stave Company, and he was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Industry Manager by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

  • School daze on school days

    Marion County Public Schools have missed 16 days of school this year, and the school board continues to go back and forth on how those missed days should be made up.
    “I think we have to look at what we think is best for kids,” Superintendent Taylora Schlosser told board members at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday of last week. “Our board is very adamant that we want kids to get as many days of instruction in as possible.”

  • Every school could get a full-time nurse

    While it’s not official until a contract is signed, every school in the Marion County Public School System could have its very own nurse next school year.

  • St. Baldrick’s at MCDC

    Thirty-seven members of the Substance Abuse Program (SAP) at the Marion County Detention Center, along with a few staff members, participated in their very own head-shaving event Friday morning and raised $500 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
    According to Melissa Hoisington, assistant director of the SAP program, MCDC is the first jail in the state of Kentucky to hold a St. Baldrick’s event. Hoisington said she recently taught a class to the SAP participants about giving back to the community, which is what led to the head-shaving event at the jail.

  • County judge/executive candidate - David Daugherty

    David Daugherty, 45, is a 1986 graduate of Marion County High School. He attended St. Catharine College and Eastern Kentucky University and completed 130 hours of business classes.

    He and his wife, Renee, have triplets, Ben, Katelyn and Samantha. Daugherty is employed as a loan officer at Farmers National Bank.

    1. Why are you running for county judge/executive?

  • County judge/executive candidate - Doug Mattingly

    Doug Mattingly, 53, is a 1980 graduate of Marion County High School. He also worked for the Marion County Board of Education doing maintenance until he retired in 2009.

    He and his wife, Charlotte, have two children, Leanne and Logan, and three grandchildren.

    1. Why are you running for county judge/executive?

    DM: I'd like to work for the county and see what good I can do for the county.

  • 15-year-old female has been located

    A 15-year-old female who had been reported missing was located on Wednesday morning.

    Amber Marie Hagerty was last seen at 10 p.m. Monday, March 31, at her grandmother's house in Lebanon. Her mother took her to the Kentucky State Police Post in Columbia at 8:11 a.m. Wednesday morning, April 2.