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Today's News

  • Vintage steam train to chug into Danville

    By Pam Wright
    The Advocate Messenger

    Train aficionados will be in for a treat May 17-18 when a vintage steam train full of passengers rolls into Danville.
    The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum teamed up with Norfolk Southern to offer an interactive, historical experience in a vintage train for passengers from Cincinnati to Danville, and back.
    According to Jennifer Kirchner, director of Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 670 passengers will disembark in Danville each day.

  • The Amazing Randi: An Honest Liar

    I had intended to write a column this week about politicians, but instead I’ve decided to write about a professional liar, James Randi.
    Fittingly, a documentary about Randi called “An Honest Liar” is scheduled to be released soon. For years, Randi worked professionally as a magician, although he prefers “conjurer”, under the name The Amazing Randi.

  • Corrections & Clarifications - May 7, 2014

    In the April 30 edition, there was some incorrect information reported about the 2014-15 school calendar. The story stated that the calendar had not been approved. Actually, the 2014-15 calendar was approved at the Nov. 26, 2013 board meeting. It was amended at the April 22 meeting to add scheduled makeup days.

  • ‘See Something, Say Something’

    We are over two weeks past the session, and there continues to be speculation about the Governor possibly calling an extraordinary session to act on more legislation, specifically Senate Bill 5. I am opposed to an extraordinary session. We had plenty of time to get the work done during the regular session, and bringing the legislators back to Frankfort would cost the tax payers $60,000 each day. There will be another chance to revisit lingering issues next January.

  • Real world look for college students

    It will take some time to gather the information, but one of this year’s new laws has the potential to play a significant role when it comes to helping college students decide which career to pursue.
    The legislation calls on the state’s Center for Education and Workforce Statistics to compile the employment rates and earnings of those graduating from the state’s public postsecondary schools. That agency, which was created just two years ago, will coordinate with the state’s Department of Education and the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

  • Every day is Mother’s Day

    I love my mom, but I have come to the realization that we don’t have much in common.
    My mom loves to cook. I do not.
    My twin sister enjoys cooking, and she’s good at it. So at least one of us will carry on that trait. I wish I loved to cook, I just don’t. (But, I love to eat. And I always thank the cook.)
    My mom loves to garden. I don’t.

  • Democratic Senate candidate: Greg Leichty

    Greg Leichty, 58, and his wife live in Louisville. They have two daughters, who are 29 and 26 years old.

    Leichty grew up on a farm in southeastern Iowa, but he came to Kentucky in 1978 as a community service volunteer in the Hazard area. He went on to complete his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Kentucky. He taught at the University of South Alabama briefly before he was hired at the University of Louisville in 1991. 

  • Democratic Senate candidate: Tom Recktenwald

    Tom Recktenwald, 67, worked at the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville, where he was a union representative, for 30 years until it closed. He recently retired after 14 years as the technology coordinator at Notre Dame Academy, a private elementary school in Louisville.

    He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 44 years. They have a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.

  • WMES Principal has resigned

    enji Mattingly, who has been principal at West Marion Elementary School since July of 2005, has resigned.
    According to an email from Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, Mattingly met with her Friday, May 2, and gave her his letter of resignation as principal of WMES, effective June 30.
    In April, Mattingly took a leave of absence.

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Request for  Renewal of Relay for Life (county presenting sponsorship)

    • Open bids for replacement bridge(s) at Buffalo Road and Delmar Caldwell Road

    • Second reading and adoption of revised county alcoholic beverage ordinance

    • Resolution fixing compensation of county officials starting term 2015