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Today's News

  • AARP taxpayer assistance starts Feb. 4

    The Marion County Extension Office will host the AARP Tax Aide program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday from Feb. 4 through April 8. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for sign-ins.
    IRS trained and certified volunteers will be on hand to assist taxpayers in preparing their tax returns to answer tax-related questions.

  • Election 2015: Candidates set for primary

    Two sitting state officials will be vying to represent their respective parties in this year's gubernatorial election.
    Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer has filed to run in the Republican primary, while Attorney General Jack Conway is running for the Democratic nomination.
    Comer's running mate is State Sen. Chris McDaniel of Taylor Mill. Conway is running with State. Rep. Sannie Overly of Louisville.
    While Comer and Conway may be the well known candidates in the field, both are facing opposition in the primary.

  • Taking on the hazardous liquids pipeline in Kentucky

    By Brent Schanding
    The State Journal

    The End Of The Line — a new documentary produced by 34-year-old filmmaker Sellus Wilder — is expected to debut as early as April.
    Wilder, who formerly served as a Frankfort commissioner, says the 90-minute documentary follows a diverse coalition of farmers, religious orders, environmentalists and constitutional conservatives as they joined together to protect their land, liberty and even their lives from a controversial hazardous liquids pipeline in Kentucky.

  • Kynect enrollment steady heading into final two weeks

    As the countdown to the close of open enrollment enters its final two weeks, nearly 137,500 Kentuckians have newly enrolled for health care coverage or renewed their current plans through kynect since open enrollment began on Nov. 15, 2014.
    This enrollment total includes individuals who have either newly enrolled in a private health insurance plan, qualified for Medicaid coverage or renewed the private insurance plans they purchased through kynect last year.
     
    Special outreach to students

  • Perfect 10th

    Jeremy Bowman has had a unique view of the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff, serving as the emcee since the festival started in 2005 at Centre Square.
    "Did I think we'd stick it out 10 years? That night I didn't," he said. "But I'm sure glad we did."
    If this weekend is any indication, they'll still be holding the KBMK for years to come.

  • Holy Cross man dies in grain bin accident

    By Jeff Moreland/Landmark News Service

    A Marion County man was killed after he became trapped in a grain bin at 911 Merrimac Road in Bradfordsville around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

    Joseph Gary Blanford, 64, of Holy Cross, had climbed into the bin to attempt to unclog the auger when the soybeans caved in on top of him, causing him to be buried in the soybeans, according to a press release from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Marion County leading state in job growth

    Marion County had the highest job growth of any county in Kentucky during 2014.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty shared that announcement during the Jan. 22 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    Marion County announced seven new projects last year that are expected to create nearly 500 new jobs, according to an email from Joe Hall of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund.

    In other business:

  • Stepfather of bullying victim wants tougher Kentucky law

    By Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    The stepfather of a 12-year-old girl who died of an intentional drug overdose in December after she was repeatedly harassed by students from her school is asking Nelson County’s state legislators to look into strengthening Kentucky’s statute on bullying.
    Bill Hack attended a community forum Jan. 16 with Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown. Accompanied by another man, Jonathan Hahn, he suggested that legislators look at New Jersey’s law as a starting point.

  • Board, MCHS council discuss preparation, bullying

    The Marion County Board of Education took time out of its Jan. 22 meeting to talk with the Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council.
    Board member Jerry Evans said he was excited to hear Principal Mike Abell report earlier in the meeting that 110 seniors have met the standards for college or career readiness.
    Abell added that the goal is to have more than 150 students reach that mark by the end of the school year.
    "I'll be very disappointed if we don't get there," Abell said.

  • Heroin will be a focus in 2015 General Assembly

    State legislators met earlier this month primarily to address procedural matters, and they will return for this year's short session on Feb. 3.
    But one issue that has support across party lines and branches of the government is curbing the heroin epidemic in Kentucky. Three years ago, a new state law made it more difficult for "pills mills" to operate in Kentucky, but there was another consequence.
    "As a result heroin became cheaper, more widespread," State Representative Terry Mills said.