Today's News

  • Do veterans deserve a discount?

    A question arose recently concerning businesses offering discounts to veterans. Should businesses offer, or better yet, should business owners feel obligated to offer a vet a discount on goods and services?
    Let me say that I hold the highest respect for the men and women who served and are now serving in  the armed forces of the United States.
    I especially appreciate the service of Vietnam vets who weren't treated with the utmost respect either during the war or after it ended with the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.

  • Most local races are uncontested

    On Nov. 6, voters will be casting ballots for national, state and local offices, but the local races may have already been decided.

    Unless someone files to run as a write-in candidate, there will not be any contested races for city or school board offices. The deadline for write-in candidates to file is Oct. 26.

    In Lebanon, the only candidates who have filed are the six incumbents on the Lebanon City Council. They are Jerry Abell, Denise Fogle, Jay Grundy, Kate Palagi, Jim Richardson and Darin Spalding.

  • Health status

    By Nick Schrager, correspondent

    "What would a healthy community here look like?"

    That question, and many more, was posed at the Marion County Health Forum, which was held Monday, Aug. 13, at the David Hourigan Government Center.

  • Scrutiny is not dying

    I have to acknowledge a random stranger for some motivation and inspiration.
    Last Tuesday I was in Frankfort, and while I waited for Mike Haydon's memorial service to begin, a man behind me was engaged in a conversation that piqued my interest.
    The word "scrutiny" is what drew me in.
    The man, who I didn't know, was telling those around him that now was a good time to do something because there was less scrutiny than in the past because newspapers were going broke.
    Now, let me put a few things out there before I dissect what I heard.

  • Kentucky chamber pushes education changes, other issues


    The Daily News, Bowling Green

    Lawmakers may soon join students in heading back to class, or at least they will get schooled on business recommendations for changes in state law.

    Kentucky's largest business member group, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, is getting the word out about recommendations it has for improving the state's ranking in areas that help create jobs and improve the quality of life in the state.

  • Evolving education

    A group of Kentucky legislators are questioning proposed education standards for Kentucky students. Apparently, in order to meet national education standards, students should be taught about evolution.
    For a few legislators, this is too much, or it's maybe not enough.
    "I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution," Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, told the Lexington Herald-Leader last week.

  • More Kentucky counties designated as drought disaster areas by feds

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT - Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced more Kentucky counties have been classified as drought disaster areas by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

    In a letter to Beshear, Vilsack declared an additional 68 Kentucky counties as primary disaster areas due to losses caused by drought conditions that began April 1 and continue to the present time, according to a news release from Beshear's office.

  • Lower tax rate increase expected

    The Marion County Board of Education is likely to increase the real estate and personal property tax rate, but at a lower rate than in past years.

    The school board has scheduled a special called meeting for a tax rate hearing and approval for 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30.

  • Superintendent: 'Outstanding' start to school year

    Marion County Public Schools resumed classes on Aug. 8, and have started the year off on the right foot, according to Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton.

    "We've had an absolutely outstanding start to our school year..." Hamilton said during his superintendent's report at the Marion County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14. "Everybody involved has made this an outstanding experience for our students."

  • Lebanon man facing sex abuse, torture charges in Richmond

    From The Richmond Register

    Joseph Patrick Trotter, 45, of Lebanon is awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing and torturing three victims under the age of 12.

    Trotter's preliminary hearing was held Aug. 8 in Madison District Court.