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Today's News

  • 2009 extraordinary session yields comprehensive legislation

    As my colleagues and I began the second week of the 2009 extraordinary session, we were still uncertain as to if we would be able to accomplish our foremost mission, addressing our almost $1 billion budget shortfall. With the Senate approving one version of the budget and the House approving vastly a different one, many were unsure about the bill's fate.

  • Debris sites will close July 7

    Storm debris collection sites in Loretto and Raywick will be closing Tuesday, July 7, according to Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly.

    Mattingly wrote that that sites were only allowed to remain open for six month under the permitting process under the EPA's Division of Water and Air Quality. By closing the site, they can be cleared in the next three to four weeks, Mattingly wrote. He added that it will take about that long to grind and haul the collected debris.

  • Budget woes and proposed solutions bring legislators back to Frankfort

    Less than three months after adjourning the 2009 regular session, my colleagues and I once again find ourselves at the state capitol to address the inevitable - a compounded budgetary shortfall and dismal economic outlook. With the projected shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year surpassing 10 percent, the governor exercised his gubernatorial power to call the legislature to Frankfort for an extraordinary session.

  • Means earns All-State honors

    After placing third in the state track meet in the shot put, Chris Means recently earned Class AA second team All-State. Means was a consistent points winner for the Knights track and field team in the spring.

    In other track news, Head Coach Robby Peterson recently announced the award winners from the track banquet.

    They are as follows:

    • Sprint award - Shaina Litsey and Kendal Taul

    • Jumps award - Nativia Young and Jermaine Porter

    • Throws award - Desirae Cocanougher and Chris Means

  • Garrett wins the skins

    In the second annual Rosewood Charity Skins game, Bill Garrett represented his club by romping the competition on his home course. Garrett, who represented Rosewood in the skins game, claimed 11 of the 18 skins during the round of 18 holes against Lebanon Country Club's Curt Manning, Campbellsville Country Club's Drew Hayes and Lincoln Homestead's Mikey Yates.

  • New laws go into effect

    New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2009 regular session went into effect on Thursday, June 25.

    That means home health agencies in Kentucky will soon be required to conduct criminal background checks on employees, sex offenders will be banned from Facebook, and flags purchased by state and local governments must be made in the U.S.A.

  • Lebanon City Council cuts spending by 7.5 percent

    Last week, the Lebanon City Council approved a budget for 2009-10 with almost $550,000 in spending cuts compared to the current fiscal year.

    "We cut down the fat last year. We cut down to the bone this year," Councilman Bill Pickerill told a group of citizens seeking funds last week. "Times are hard for everybody."

    The first reading was approved during a special-called meeting June 17 and the second reading was approved during a special-called meeting June 19.

  • Liberty man stabs Gravel Switch man

    Saturday the Kentucky State Police responded to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon to investigate a stab wound to Stacy L. Cope, 39, of Gravel Switch.   Trooper Brian Coyt arrived to find Cope with a laceration to his right front shoulder due to an altercation with Virgil R. Smothers, 67, of Liberty.   The incident reportedly occurred on Tatum Lane in Marion County. Smothers was arrested and charged with first-degree assault. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Coyt. 

  • Lancers win back-to-back titles

    Elton Scott was a game changer three times in the final seven minutes for the Lebanon Lancers in the Kentucky Basketball Developmental League championship game on Saturday at the Roby Dome.

    Lucky for the Lancers, he atoned for a late technical foul after slamming the ball on the court just as the Lancers lost the lead they held all game.

    After leading a tight game for nearly three-and-a-half quarters, the Lancers slipped and the River City Gamblers went up 80-79 with 7:20 to play. The lead would grow to six points after Scott's technical.

  • Teaching the young business lessons for life

    If small business is the mainstay of the nation's economy, then it's important to plan for the future by training the small business owners of tomorrow today. That's the concept behind a growing movement to introduce young people to the idea of entrepreneurship and all the myriad aspects to owning their own business.

    Students at St. Patrick's School in Maysville, 4-H'ers in Grant County and teenagers in Marion, Washington, Taylor and Casey counties have had firsthand experience in what it takes to be an entrepreneur. For many, it was an eye-opening experience.