Today's News

  • Climate Change Rally to be held in Springfield

    The Washington County Judicial Center will be a hotbed of activity this week as the We Stand with Francis on Climate Change Rally is set to take place Thursday.
    “It’s a rally to publically say that we of New Pioneers and the people of the area, meaning the tri-county area … stand with Pope Francis, who’s going to be speaking that morning to a joint session of congress on the urgent need to do something about climate change,” Sister Claire McGowan, executive director of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future, said.

  • Kentucky's drop in rate of uninsured people leads the nation in new census report

    By Greg Kocher
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Kentucky had the biggest decline among the 50 states last year in percentage of people without health insurance, according to census figures released Wednesday.
    The percentage of uninsured Kentuckians dropped from 14.3 percent in 2013 to 8.5 percent in 2014, a 5.8 percentage-point decline, the U.S. Census Bureau said. Stated another way, the uninsured population in Kentucky went from 616,000 to 366,000, a decrease of 250,000.

  • School bus stop arm violations a concern

    By Aaron Mudd
    Bowling Green Daily News

    Vehicles illegally passing school buses continues to be a safety concern, according to transportation directors for the county and city school districts.
    Nearly 80,000 vehicles passed school buses illegally in a one-day observation survey recently released by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. A total of 102,371 buses participated in the survey, which included 26 states – but not Kentucky – and found that 78,518 illegal passes had occurred.

  • KSP receives $1.9 million to test backlogged rape kits

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – The Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratories have received a 1.9 million dollar grant from the District Attorney of New York County in Manhattan for DNA testing on unanalyzed sexual assault kits in Kentucky. The funds will assist law enforcement agencies across the state in processing the back logged kits.
    KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said he was pleased to receive word of the grant award.

  • Book explores vital role of blacks in Kentucky

    By Martha Elson
    The Courier-Journal

    The roles of African Americans may often have been underplayed in history books about Kentucky, but a six-year effort to offset that has produced the first in-depth look at the state’s key African Americans and events.
    African Americans were among the earliest settlers of Kentucky dating back to the 1700s and have been an integral part of all facets of life in the state ever since, the new Kentucky African American Encyclopedia says.

  • Bank wants to foreclose on disabled vet

    By Andrew Wolfson
    The Courier-Journal

    Pierced by shrapnel 46 years ago in Vietnam, 74-year-old Cleveland Graham is paralyzed from the waist down.
    After breaking his neck a second time in a 2001 wheelchair accident, his hands are gnarled, he is scarred by bed sores, and he must relieve himself through a catheter and colostomy bag.

  • Autism center to open in Lebanon

    When Lisa Nally-Martin organized the first local "Working the Puzzle for Autism" walk in 2011, her ultimate goal was to raise awareness about autism. Her oldest son, Evan, is autistic and she wanted to help other families who are affected by it.

  • Citizens to discuss concerns regarding land use at fiscal court meeting

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be having its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m., today, Thursday, Sept. 17.
    The agenda includes:
    • Julie Peake, Alton Tatum and Greg Nugent and other concerned citizens will be in attendance to discuss some concerns they are having with land use, deed restrictions and their views on how county ordinances could help in Marion County.
    • Department reports
    There will be a public hearing at 5 p.m. for the consideration of the acceptance of Windy Hill Drive into the county maintenance system.

  • Stand out teacher dies

    Paul “Patch” Spalding, 46, of Lebanon passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, after being critically injured during an accident at a bike rally Monday, Sept. 7.
    The accident occurred while Spalding and his fiancé, Gina Kirkland, were attending a bike rally in Chillicothe, Ohio. Spalding and Kirkland fell off the back of a golf cart. Kirkland said he held on to her to protect her as they fell.
    “He saved my life,” Kirkland said Monday.

  • Half-century of service

    Jean Garrett is fixture at Glasscock Elementary School. She said parents and some grandparents have commented to current students that Garrett was there when they were in school.
    That happens when you’ve been working at the same place for 50 years.
    “It’s been my home away from home. I’d say everyone has been like family,” Garrett said. “If we have problems, we all gang around each other and try to help.”