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Today's News

  • Gay couple turned away third time by Rowan clerk

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - James Yates and William Smith Jr., a couple of nearly 10 years, left the Rowan County Courthouse on Thursday frustrated and angry after clerks refused them a marriage license for a third time in recent weeks.
    But the pair promised to return.
    "It's just making us want to press more," Yates said. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis “can’t get away with this because it will open the door for so many other rights to be just thrown away.”

  • Most Kentucky grads not ready for college

    By Kirsten Clark
    The Courier-Journal

    By and large, recent Kentucky graduates aren’t ready for college-level coursework, according to state and national ACT scores released early Aug. 26. While 60 percent of students who graduated from Kentucky schools last spring hit ACT’s benchmark score — the achievement level that reflects a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher in a 100-level college class — in English, far fewer did in math, reading and science.

  • PAC ad blames hospitals’ problems on Obamacare

    By Al Cross
    Kentucky Health News

    A new ad in the race for governor says “There’s a crisis in our hospitals” in Kentucky, and blames it entirely on the federal health-care reform law. That is not true, according to the hospitals themselves.

  • State senator suggests expanding Kynect to pay for Medicaid expansion

    By Melissa Patrick
    Kentucky Health News

    While the Republican nominee for governor says he would dismantle the state health-insurance exchange branded as Kynect, a GOP senator is talking about not only keeping it, but expanding it to other states to pay for the other big feature of federal health reform: expanded Medicaid.

  • New home for monument

    A monument honoring Marion County veterans who died in every war since World War I has a new home. The monument was moved Aug. 18 from its old location next to the old Marion County Courthouse (now the Marion County Heritage Center) to the Marion County Judicial Center. City of Lebanon, county and Marion County Welding and Fabrication employees handled the relocation.

  • Overcoming barriers

    Dexi Irvin sat down and opened her reading book at the small desk in Elma Simpson’s office. Today’s lesson emphasized certain words, like ‘remembered.’
    “Can you use that in a sentence?” Simpson asked.
    “My brother remembered to close the door,” Irvin replied.
    “Good,” Simpson said.
    Irvin carefully sounded out the words as she read a story about a girl named Camilla and her family. When she had trouble with a name or a new word, Simpson was there to offer guidance.

  • Halloween in the Park is still on

    At its August meeting, the Heartland Safe Community Coalition decided to discontinue its sponsorship of Halloween in the Park. The event will continue, however, with the Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon parks department taking over the festivities.
    This year’s event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31 at Graham Memorial Park.

  • E911 equipment set for installation next month

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty said Thursday that enhanced 911 equipment is scheduled to be installed in September at the Lebanon Police Department.
    Now, the Marion County Fiscal Court and the City of Lebanon need to sign off on an addendum to an interlocal cooperation agreement related to E911.

  • Volunteers needed in Marion County to review cases of children in foster care

    Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 35 counties, including Marion County, are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

  • Community orchestra making music in Marion County

    Musicians in and around Marion County will be making music this Sunday, Aug. 30, at the premiere concert of the Kentucky Classic Orchestra and Centre Saxes at Centre Square in Lebanon.
    Robin Humphress, of Kentucky Classic Theatre, said the orchestra is one more way for people in around Marion County to enjoy the arts.
    “It’s giving people the opportunity to play with other professional musicians,” she said. “It’s going to be fun. I’m excited.”