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Today's News

  • Kynect enrollment deadline is March 31

    The deadline to enroll for coverage through Kynect, Kentucky’s online health insurance exchange, is March 31. The website is kynect.ky.gov.
    When Gov. Steve Beshear announced the deadline the exchange, he said Kentucky had 640,000 uninsured citizens (about 15 percent of the state population). Of that group, an estimated 308,000 would qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage.

  • Kentucky Health Cooperative claims most of the business on the state insurance exchange

    Kentucky Health News

    The Kentucky Health Cooperative, a non-profit, consumer-governed health plan, has captured 75 percent of the business on Kentucky’s health-insurance exchange, according to the latest figures from the exchange.
    The co-op competes on Louisville-based Humana’s home turf and came out ahead of the insurance company that has $41 billion in annual revenues, CEO Janie Miller reminded Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News as she told him how the co-op had beaten Humana and Anthem.

  • Bill would make way for medical marijuana clinical trials

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    Medical marijuana has been a topic for debate with no prospect of advancing in this year’s legislative session.
    But Sen. Denise Harper Angel hopes a bill she filed Thursday calling for clinical trials of the illicit substance will provide a starting point for officials to study its medicinal benefits.

  • Universal preschool still a dream

    By Keith Lawrence
    The Messenger-Inquirer

    In the 1970s, universal kindergarten was the dream in education. In Kentucky, it became reality by the decade’s end. Today, the dream is universal preschool.

  • Fire reported at Lebanon Auto Repair

     Lebanon firefighters responded to Lebanon Auto Repair on Woodlawn Avenue Friday evening after a fire was observed at the business.

    The fire was reported to the Lebanon Police Dispatch at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

    Firefighters suppressed the flames at the auto repair shop before 8 p.m., but smoke was still visible. 

    Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said four cars were inside the garage at the time of the fire, two of which belonged to the owner, Ricky Wheatley, and two of which belonged to other people.

  • Tourist commission, city council have meetings on Monday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes:

    - Minutes of the Feb. 17 meeting

    - Treasurer's report

    - Executive director's report

    - New business

    • Budget review

    • Board retreat review

    - Old business

    • Quilt show report

    City council meets at 7 p.m.

  • Getting involved, staying active

    Kandice Engle-Gray joined the Marion County Chamber of Commerce in 2002 thinking it would help her and her law practice.
    “Originally, I thought it would be a great way for me to meet the other business owners in the community and other people in the community,” she said.
    The next year she was asked to join the chamber’s board of directors. She agreed to do so, although she admits she didn’t really know what she was getting into at the time.

  • Trial by fire

    Dennis Rice has missed a lot in the last 35 years.
    He missed his children’s graduations and weddings. He’s missed the grandchildren they would have had.
    Dennis didn’t miss any of those things by choice. Instead, tragically, on March 6, 1979, a house fire at his home in St. Joe killed his wife and four of his five children.
    The Enterprise’s account of that fire noted that “Reports indicated the children’s bodies were found huddled together with the baby in her mother’s arms.”

  • Knight STRONG

    On Feb 26, Marion County High School held a memorial for Jeffrey Tanner Strong. Strong, 16, died Feb. 19 when he and a friend were tearing down a tree house. Strong was remembered by his church, family, and peers from MCHS. Strong’s classmates have shown their love and admiration for him in many ways since his death. Strong was an avid UK fan, and his friends honored him by wearing blue shirts in the days after his death. During the memorial service, students donned their UK gear, read memories about Strong, walked a lap around the track and released blue and white balloons.

  • Last day of school: TBA

    We are days away from “Springing Forward” but Old Man Winter isn’t giving up quite yet, and that’s making matters difficult for the Marion County Public School System.
    School was canceled Monday and Tuesday because of the winter weather and poor road conditions. As a result, students could be going to school until at least June 6. But, the Marion County Board of Education could change that depending on the decisions school board members make at their next board meeting on March 11.