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  • Lexington ceremony part of nationwide effort to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    In a downtown Lexington church on Sunday, Mildred Bailey, 72, spoke of her mother's struggles with Alzheimer's disease, which took her life 10 years ago.
    Bailey recalled how her mother once prayed every night for her nine children by name, with specific requests for each, but in her later years she couldn't remember their names.

  • Project seeks faces behind Vietnam wall's names

    By Martha Elson
    The Courier-Journal

    Everette Bailey had written to his family in Georgetown, Ky., describing a vision of Jesus he had while sitting on a mountainside, telling him "not to fear," that he was going home.
    Soon thereafter, military men arrived at his mother's house during a family get-together to tell them he had indeed gone home.
    He had been killed in Vietnam, said Brenda Hillstrand, his niece.

  • Beshear encourages Kentuckians to shop for health insurance on Kynect

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear encouraged Kentuckians on Monday to start shopping for health insurance as soon as this weekend on an improved kynect.ky.gov, the insurance exchange implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act.
    Speaking at a Capitol news conference, Beshear said some Kentuckians might find lower prices by shopping on Kynect during open enrollment, which begins Saturday and ends Feb. 15.

  • Men seek to build statue for fallen firefighter

    They grew up together, so news of his death was especially hard.
    In the 1990s, Brad Shofner and his twin brother, Chad, began volunteering at then Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue. One of the first people they met when setting foot inside the department was Tony Grider.
    "I was on that department roughly 18 years," Brad said. "We grew up there. That was all we knew."
    Brad said he remembers the day he met Grider, seeing him standing on the apparatus floor.

  • A fireman’s fireman

    Ricky Mattingly has been a firefighter for 41 years. He’s been the Lebanon fire chief for 31 years.
    And as of last month, he is a hall of famer.
    On Oct. 23, Mattingly was inducted into the Dixie Firefighter Association Hall of Fame.
    "He's one of those kind of guys who would rather be pretty modest about it,” said Trey Abell, who is a member of the Lebanon Fire Department and a firefighter in Lexington. "He likes to think it’s not a big deal."

  • Mattingly resigns as school board attorney

    Joe Mattingly resigned as the attorney for the Marion County Board of Education last week after one of his employees was elected to the board.
    Kaelin Reed, who works at the Mattingly and Nally-Martin law firm, was elected as the District 2 board member during the Nov. 4 election. Reed previously resigned from his position as assistant county attorney on Oct. 31, noting in his resignation letter that he was prohibited from being the assistant county attorney as a school board candidate.

  • NGL pipeline opponents continue the fight

    The Bluegrass Pipeline may have been put on hold, but thousands of Kentuckians remained concerned about the impact of fracking and the potential risks of transporting natural gas liquids through the state.
    Saturday, hundreds of Kentucky residents including Marion County citizens, member of the Loretto Community, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly and county judge-elect David Daugherty attended the workshop, "Pipelines, Fracking and Kentucky's Future Beyond Fossil Fuels."

  • Mills pleased with victory

    The 2014 General Election — and (nearly) all the advertising that came with it — is now behind us. No one sounded more pleased that the campaign was over than Terry Mills, who won re-election as the 24th District state representative with 8,254 votes. His opponent, Alex LaRue of Hodgenville, received 6,860 votes.
    Mills thanked Marion County voters for their support.
    "I'm bruised and battered but still standing," he said.

  • Air Force was how 'farm boy' saw the world

    When he looks back on his life and career, Paul Powell said he loved his time in the Air Force and the people he got to work with "from privates to two star generals."
    "I was an old farm boy from Meade County, and had the opportunity to see the world," he said.
    After graduating from Meade County High School, Powell, now 86, went to work for the L&N Railroad in Louisville. He had been doing administrative work when he decided to look for something different.

  • Reed sworn in as school board member

    Kaelin Reed was elected as the District 2 representative on the Marion County Board of Education on Nov. 4.

    On Nov. 11, he was sworn in by Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Matttingly. Originally, the plan was for Reed to take his oath of office during the Nov. 11 meeting, but it was moved up due to a scheduling issue.

    This also means all the seats on the board are full for the first time since May, when Michael Mullins resigned as a board member.