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  • Fracking permit given to Pennsylvania company

    By Brad Bowman
    The State Journal

    The Kentucky Oil and Gas Conservation Commission gave the green light for Kentucky’s first horizontal deep-well fracturing operation in a special meeting Thursday.
    The commission granted a drilling permit to Horizontal Technology Energy Company of Pennsylvania that will set up an oil and natural gas drilling operation in Johnson County.

  • Army to close Fort Knox warrior transition

    By Judah Taylor
    Landmark News Service

    The U.S. Army announced it will close a $46 million facility at Fort Knox that cares for wounded soldiers less than three years after opening it.
    The warrior transitional unit operating at the Sgt. Maj. William E. Sumner Warrior Transition Battalion Complex on post is among 10 of 25 scheduled to close by August 2016, the Army announced Friday.

  • Green Festival is April 25 in Springfield

    * The original version of this story included the wrong date for this event. The Green Festival will take place Saturday, April 25. We apologize for the confustion.

  • Steve Lowery recognized for First Amendment efforts

    By Forrest Berkshire
    Landmark News Service

    Steve Lowery, a former journalist who spent more than a decade covering Nelson and Marion counties, has been honored posthumously for his contributions to journalism.
    Lowery was awarded the James Madison Award, which recognizes individuals for service to the First Amendment, April 14 by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky.

  • Danville Highway resident gets probation for receiving stolen property

    Roy Thomas McElroy III, 34, of 6960 Danville Highway in Lebanon received 24 months of probation in Marion Circuit Court recently for receiving stolen property less than $500. This was amended from his original charge of receiving stolen property less than $10,000. He was ordered to pay $150 court costs.

    In other circuit court matters:

  • FERC taking comments on pipeline project until May 18

    The public has another chance to comment on a proposal by Tennessee Gas Pipeline to repurpose a portion of that natural gas line to carry natural gas liquids.
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of its intention to prepare an environmental assessment for the project.
    “Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EA.  Please note that the scoping period will close on May 18, 2015,” the notice reads.
    Under the proposal, Tennessee Gas Pipeline would abandon:

  • PRIMARY ELECTION: Two Republicans seek to become next attorney general

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    State Sen. Whitney Westerfield from Hopkinsville and Lawrence County Attorney Mike Hogan – the two Republican candidates for attorney general – will face off in the May 19 primary.
    The attorney general, elected to a four-year term, serves several roles, including the state’s chief prosecutor, law enforcement officer and the chief law officer. He supervises prosecutors in Kentucky and writes opinions to advise government agencies and officials of the law.

  • PROMposals

    Marion County High School’s Prom is Saturday at Centre Square in Lebanon. Several students went above the bar to ask his or her date to the prom. Some of them shared their “promposals” with us.

    Have fun at the prom, kids, and be safe.

  • School board seeks comments on public comment policy

    The Marion County Board of Education heard reports on three committees, including one that is reviewing the board’s policy on public comments, during its April 18 meeting.
    Board Member Kaelin Reed reported that the public comment committee is looking into policy matters regarding how much advance notice should be given for someone to be on the agenda and how much time the board should set aside for public comments during its meetings.

  • Sense of self

    Jill Edlin sits next to a platform where water bubbles float through a tube. LED lights add color to the tube and other locations around the room.
    She holds what appears to be an oversized padded block, which serves as a light switch. When she turns the block, the LED light changes to match the color on top.