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Today's News

  • Drug abuse is an issue for community, economic develoment

    Years ago, economic development was primarily about selling land and buildings, according to Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund. Today, his office has to do more than that.
    One example of that is the drug problem that is affecting Marion County and many small communities across the state and nation.
    Lund told the audience at the June 6 First Friday Forum that a local factory recently invited one of its customers from Indiana to visit the community.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Kickoff prepares for 10th anniversary celebration

    Lebanon’s Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff (KBMK) has put together an impressive lineup of vocal powerhouses in honor of their 10th anniversary celebration. The Kickoff will be held in Lebanon, on January 23-24, 2015. Musicians from earlier KBMK’s will return to Lebanon for a musical reunion of sorts. Four time IBMA male vocalist of the year Russell Moore and fifth time IBMA female vocalist of the year Dale Ann Bradley will be on stage with the Dale Ann Bradley Band’s Steve Gulley and Phil Ledbetter.

  • German trumpeter returns to Lebanon June 21

    Internationally renowned trumpeter Freidemann Immer will be performing June 21 in Lebanon along with Kentucky Baroque Trumpets.
    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 21 at St. Augustine Church in Lebanon. This will be Immer’s second appearance in Lebanon with Kentucky Baroque Trumpets.

  • Commission discusses hiring ticket sales service

    Robin Humphress has devoted the last few years to developing Kentucky Classic Arts. This has included putting on plays for children and adults and hosting concerts and other events. It's also involved a lot of tickets.
    "We did over 4,000 tickets last year," she told the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission during its June 9 meeting.
    After doing some research, Humphress is asking the tourist commission to consider a contract with one of the services to handle online ticket sales.

  • Walston to lead WMES

    Paula Walston, who was been a reading teacher at Lebanon Elementary School since August of 2002, achieved a life-long goal last week when she was selected to become the West Marion Elementary School Principal.
    The WMES SBDM Council held a special-called meeting Thursday evening, June 5, and after being in closed session for approximately 45 minutes, the council reconvened in open session and unanimously voted to hire Walston as principal.
    “My heart is full,” Walston said Friday afternoon.

  • Lawmakers’ pay disparity prompts review

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – The patchwork of laws and policies for compensating Kentucky’s state legislators has produced an unlikely ranking of lawmakers.
    For instance, in 2013 Rep. Keith Hall’s total compensation — including expenses — was $86,514, which was higher than any House member, even Speaker Greg Stumbo, who ranked second at $83,602.

  • Lung-cancer risks sky high for smokers exposed to carcinogens

    By Laura Ungar
    The Courier-Journal

    Every year, 3,500 Kentuckians lose their lives to lung cancer — and smoking has long been blamed as the culprit.
    But scientists now say it may not be acting alone.
    A growing body of research, including two studies under way at the University of Kentucky, shows the risk of lung cancer is much higher for smokers exposed to carcinogens such as radon, asbestos, arsenic or chromium.

  • Parents: Help your child prepare for college

    By Erica Osborne
    Director of Student Success at St. Catharine College

    Congratulations, MCHS graduates. More importantly, congratulations to the graduates’ parents. Your child’s diploma belongs just as much to you as it does to them. You spent 18 years packing lunches, helping them with homework, and serving as your child’s personal chauffer as you carted them to school, sports practices, and back home again. 

  • Majority of parents want healthier foods in schools

    By Susan G. Zepeda, Ph.D.
    President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

    Kentucky students break for summer vacation, some look ahead to summer camp and family trips, while others wonder where their next good meal will come from.  School districts and nonprofits struggle to find ways to assure Kentucky’s lowest income families can offer their children nutritious food during the summer.

  • Test your home for radon

    Did you know that Kentucky has the highest rate of lung cancer in the nation? As you can imagine, dealing with this deadly disease takes a toll on our citizens stricken with it, their families and the communities they live in. On a larger scale, it also has a large impact on our health costs and economy. Our high rates of smoking is a well known link to lung cancer, but another link to the disease is exposure to radon gas.