Today's News

  • Danville shooting victims include former local family

    Three people died in a shooting in Danville Friday morning, and two of them were previously involved in ministry at Woodlawn Baptist Church.
    Mike and Angela Hockensmith were members of Woodlawn a few years ago when Mike served as the youth minister at church. He recently became the youth minister at Mitchellsburg Baptist Church in Boyle County.
    Angela was 38. Mike was 35.

  • $100k boost for Marion County Industries

    The Marion County Association for the Handicapped is looking for a new home for Marion County Industries, and last week they got some help in that effort.
    The Marion County Fiscal Court and the Marion County Industrial Foundation agreed to contribute $50,000 each in matching funds in order to qualify for a Community Development Block Grant.
    The initial grant application was submitted in April, and at that time the court agreed to put up $125,000 in matching funds while seeking a $495,000 grant.

  • ‘Ham’ it up this weekend

    Just in case you forgot, Marion County Country Ham Days returns to downtown Lebanon this weekend, Sept. 28-29.
    Ham Days has a little bit of everything, whether its grabbing a bite to eat, taking in a parade, playing games or just listening to some music. Visitors can even meet “The Turtleman” Ernie Brown Jr. of Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman”, and Tim Smith, of the Discovery Channel show, “Moonshiners”.

  • Ham Days road closures

    Thursday, Sept. 26
    - At 5 a.m., Proctor Knott Avenue will be closed from Mulberry Street to Farmer’s Bank entrance.
    - At approximately 6 p.m., Main Street will be closed from Depot Street to Spalding Avenue. Proctor Knott Avenue will be closed from Mulberry Street to M.L. King Avenue. Main Street will be re-opened after the stage is set.

    Friday, Sept. 27
    - Proctor Knott Avenue will be closed from Mulberry Street to Main Street and Main Street to M. L. King Avenue.
    At approximately 4:30 p.m.:

  • No applicants for school board seat, yet

    The Marion County Board of Education is still searching for a new school board member.

  • On-the-job training leads to spirited career

    A batch of moonshine isn’t made overnight.
    And neither is a successful business, especially in the spirits industry.
    But, in less than two years, Limestone Branch Distillery has doubled its sales, introduced several new products, and started a new career for at least one new employee.

  • Sept. 25 - Corrections & Clarifications

    Two students were not included in A.C. Glasscock Elementary School’s Students of the Month for August. They were Madison Knopp and Brandon Hill.

  • House GOP strikes blow for inequality; Barr calls food aid cuts 'compassionate'

    From the Lexington Herald Leader

    House Republicans are right to be outraged that 14 percent of American households are on food stamps, but they're outraged for the wrong reason.
    The plight of so many Americans — including the 1 in 5 Kentuckians who depend on food stamps — stems from the worst economic inequality on record.

  • Kentucky shortchanges public education; study shows how funding falls short

    From the Lexington Herald Leader

    Gov. Steve Beshear and many lawmakers have consoled themselves with the soothing fiction that, despite deep cuts in everything from child care to State Police, Kentucky weathered the Great Recession without cutting basic state support for public schools.
    While that might be technically true, the real-life effect of years of flat appropriations, while costs grew, is a decline of almost 10 percent in per-student funding from fiscal 2008 until this year.

  • Fed up

    I received an e-mail last month from one of my constituents expressing her frustration about abuses of government low-income assistance programs. She said she was fed up, and I can sympathize.
    She detailed misuses she had witnessed of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds. I am sure many of you reading this have witnessed or heard of people who wrongly use or take advantage of such programs.