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Today's News

  • LABOR DAY: Honoring the American worker

    Labor Day is Monday.
    For many of us, Labor Day is the symbolic end of summer.
    However, in terms of a “holiday,” Labor Day probably doesn’t mean much to you.
    But, it should.
    Labor Day is a public holiday held in honor of working people.
    “It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” the United States Department of Labor’s website states.

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  • LABOR DAY: 50 years of hair

    Gloria Benningfield, 68, celebrated her 50th year in the hair business in June.
    She remembers seeing the first perm, the invention of the curling iron, the blow dryer and the flat iron.
    “I’ve seen some amazing changes,” Benningfield said sitting in her salon last week. “I’m now doing the hair of my customers’ grandchildren. It’s so rewarding.”

  • LABOR DAY: Factory worker to flight paramedic

    Greg Nugent, 51, never imagined he would be sitting where he is today - in the back of a helicopter working as a flight paramedic and helping save lives.
    He’s truly living his dream.
    But, just a few years ago, he had come to terms with the fact that he would probably work in a factory the rest of his life. It’s a reality that seemed destined to happen after dropping out of high school at age 16.

  • LABOR DAY: Making makeup her art

    Emily May is an artist.
    The human face is her canvas.
    She can transform one’s face in subtle or dramatic ways.
    And she’s making a career out of it.
    A career that is evolving, but it’s already taken her to places she never dreamed she would be, including doing makeup on celebrities for the 2014 CMA Awards and makeup for the 2015 Miss Hooters International Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • LABOR DAY: Teenage Tycoon

    Jordan Hourigan is not your typical teenager.
    He can’t legally drive yet, but he’s already the co-owner of two businesses.
    The 16-year-old junior at Marion County High School is the co-owner of J&J Inks, a graphic design, screen printing and embroidery business and J&J Productions Mobile DJ Service.
    When he’s not in school, you will most likely find him at work.
    According to his mother, Joni, from a very young age her son always wanted to own his own business.

  • LABOR DAY: The road back home

    When Terry Brockman graduated from Marion County High School in 1979, he was ready to move on and never come back.
    And yet, Brockman, 54, did return to his hometown — where he is now working as a cataloger at the Marion County Public Library — after taking a circuitous route through Richmond, Louisville, Georgetown, Lexington and Florida before ending where he started.
    Brockman is the son of the late Albert Brockman and Cettie Hamilton, and he was raised on St. Rose Road, where his family kept a garden for food.

  • LABOR DAY: Putting it all together

    Kevin Gootee is 24 years old and already living his dream. He has a job that matches his interests, working as an engineer, in a place that he’s happy to call home, Marion County.
    Gootee is the son of John and Lou Ann Gootee of Lebanon.
    “My parents got 62 acres, so we did a lot of hobby farming,” he said.
    Gootee remembers raising chickens and growing sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans when he was growing up.
    But he also liked taking things apart to see how they worked.

  • LABOR DAY: “Always the teacher’

    When Elma Simpson was growing up the Philippines, she dreamed of growing up and becoming a nurse.
    Instead, she has settled into a career in another country in another field entirely. Simpson, 40, heads the migrant education program for Marion County Public Schools.
    “I’m the director, advocate-slash-teacher,” she said. “I have a lot of roles.”

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.
    The agenda includes:
    - Minutes
    - Accept library tax proposal report
    - Accept Marion County Conservation District annual financial report
    - Revised addendum to the interlocal cooperation agreement between the county and the City of Lebanon
    - Approval of Johnny Thompson for building code enforcement for Marion County
    - Set a hearing date for a petition to accept Windy Hills Road into the county road system