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Today's News

  • Governor's race heating up

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    While all eyes are on Kentucky’s contentious U.S. Senate race as Election Day nears, another battle between GOP hopefuls for governor is nearing a boil.

  • Kentucky payday lenders face stiffened enforcement

    By Jere Downs
    The Courier-Journal

    Finding herself short $200 on her rent after being laid off from her job at Presbyterian headquarters, Mary Love took out a payday loan.
    The following payday, her bank account was charged $200, plus a $30 fee by the Outer Loop lender.
    Love said that easy access to cash ultimately cost her $1,420 in fees — with what amounted to an annual interest rate of 391 percent — as she paid down credit card debt and expenses between 2003 and 2005.

  • The heart of the matter

    Picture this: You’re at the grocery store in the cereal aisle when a woman next to you suddenly drops to the floor. Her heart isn’t beating. She isn’t breathing.
    Would you know what to do?

  • New high school vandalized overnight

    Brandon Mattingly
    The Springfield Sun

    Vandalism at the new Washington County High School facility early Friday morning has prompted an investigation by school officials, as well as the Springfield Police Department.

  • Freefalling

    Flying 9,500 feet above Washington County, a Cessna 182, a single engine plane, roars at around 75 mph. With four others, you sit on the floor crammed in like sweaty human sardines. The only person who has a chair is the pilot.
    Suddenly, the door opens letting the wind blast in and the temperature drops to goose bump levels.
    Hooked up to an instructor you met only hours ago, you put one leg out, and then the other. With adrenaline racing, he rocks you back-and-forth. This is really happening, there’s no turning back, and you have no control.

  • School board to consider raising tax rate

    The Marion County Board of Education will be setting its property tax rates for 2014 later this month.
    Last year, the school board set its tax rate at 53.8 cents per $100 of real and personal property.
    The board has scheduled a public hearing to consider increasing that rate to 55.7 cents per $100 of real and personal property for this year. That hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at the board office.
    Lisa Caldwell, chief financial officer for Marion County Public Schools, presented a report on tax rate options during the board's Aug. 12 meeting.

  • City workers replacing grates in effort to combat flooding

    Late last month, city employees removed debris from a collapsed section of the storm sewer line at the intersection of Main Street and South Spalding Avenue as part of the effort to reduce flooding in downtown Lebanon.
    In spite of their efforts, some downtown businesses still experienced flooding as a result of an Aug. 11 rainstorm.
    City Administrator John O. Thomas said Lebanon received 2.4 inches of rain in 22 minutes during that storm. That's a rate of more than 6.5 inches per hour.

  • Six running for U.S. Senate seat

    Barring a slew of write-in candidates, Marion County voters will only be casting ballots in a handful of contested races this fall.
    Election day is Nov. 4. Marion County voters will be selecting two members of the Marion County Board of Education and three members of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation Commission. They also have the opportunity to vote for State Representative, U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator.
    The Senate race now includes three candidates on the ballot and three write-in candidates.

  • Vacant district school board seat will be filled by election

    Michael Mullins stepped down from the Marion County Board of Education on May 21. Mullins was the District 2 board member.
    According to Chapter 160.190 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the vacancy should be filled within 90 days after the vacancy occurs. Officially, the Kentucky Department of Education considered the seat vacant as of May 30.
    When a vacancy occurs, the local school district advertises the opening. The Marion County Board of Education advertised the vacant District 2 seat in the June 18 and June 25 editions of the Enterprise.

  • Local officials want to clean up graffiti at lookout

    Marion County hired a company to clean up Scott’s Ridge in 2006, and they did a ton of work.
    Actually, it was close to two tons.
    “We took three and a half million pounds of waste out of there when we cleaned it up,” said Keith Brock, the Marion County solid waste coordinator.
    To prevent future dumping, the fiscal court approved constructing a fenced-in lookout, and it has successfully prevented people from dumping more trash over the edge.
    But another problem has developed — graffiti.