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Today's News

  • Kentucky tells feds flu has become widespread in the state

    By the Kentucky Press News Service

    Kentucky Department for Public Health officials have reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the flu activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.”
    Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

  • KSP collects 116 tons of food during food drive

    Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced Thursday that the agency’s ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive netted 232,011 pounds (116 tons) of food statewide.
    Brewer initiated the program in 2010 to assist needy families in the local post and region areas. Since that time, the agency has contributed more than 500,000 pounds of food to shelters, food banks and churches across the Commonwealth.

  • Kentucky drops closer to least healthy state in the nation

    By Margarita Cambest
    Kentucky New Era

    Kentucky has slipped further in health rankings this year.
    According to a report released Tuesday by the United Health Foundation, the Bluegrass State is ranked as the 47th healthiest state in the nation.
    The commonwealth’s ranking has varied from its healthiest rank of 39th in 2008 to 47th this year. It ranked 45th in 2013.

  • Preschool proposal is on the table

    Marion County Public Schools officials hope to implement a countywide preschool program, and last week, the Marion County Board of Education heard the proposed first steps in that direction.
    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser presented the recommendations of the district's preschool committee to the school board during its Dec. 9 meeting at the Marion County Area Technology Center.
    The proposal calls for a four-day per week program that would allow parents of students who don't meet need-based criteria to pay $15 per day for their children to attend preschool.

  • Miles to go

    Bobby Miles presided over his final meeting of the Loretto City Commission on Dec. 9, but his legacy after more than 20 years as a city official won't be forgotten any time soon.
    Miles retired from General Electric in 1990, but he wasn't the type to just sit around the house.
    "I've always been active and I wanted to keep going. Even though I was retired, I still wanted something to do," said Miles, 79. "That's why I become involved in the city."

  • Big move

    Slowly but surely, Billy Osbourne's five-year plan has come to fruition.
    When Osbourne became the president of Marion County Association for the Handicapped, he had a goal of building two new group homes and finding a location with more space to house Marion County Industries, which provides work opportunities for individuals with mental disabilities.
    A third group home is under construction, and Marion County Industries has moved into its new home — the old Ken-Mar building.
    "We had an awful lot of help," Osbourne said.

  • Loretto man helps efforts to fight Ebola

    Air Force Guard Master Sgt. Travis Greenwell recently returned fromo an overseas  deployment with the 123rd Contingency Response Group at a forward operating base in Senegal in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight Ebola.
    Greenwell is the son of Jody and Margie Greenwell of Loretto.
    He is a 1991 graduate of Marion County High School. He earned an associate degree in 2004 from St. Catharine College.

  • Two deputies receive Medal of Honor

    Two Marion County sheriff's deputies have been awarded the highest honor given by the Kentucky Sheriff's Association.
    Tony Belcher and Ray Gardner were presented with the KSA Medal of Honor on Dec. 11 at the 85th annual KSA conference and banquet. Both were recognized for their response to an incident that occurred May 21.

  • Toys for Kids is Dec. 22

    The Generation Gap will be hosting its annual Toys for Kids event on Dec. 22.
    The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Cardinal Den in Lebanon. Santa will be there to visit with children ages 2 to 12. Children must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, call Junior Adams at 270-692-3703.
     

  • Local woman wins big on “Let’s Make a Deal”

    Anyone watching the “Let’s Make a Deal” television show Monday might have seen a familiar face. Melinda Wise Hayden of Lebanon was a contestant on Monday’s show (which was taped in July) and won the “big deal” - a trip to New York City, a trip to Portugal and $5,000.
    Hayden went on vacation to California in July with her mother, sister and aunt.
    They got on the “Let’s Make a Deal” show and dressed up as the s’mores family.
    “It was so much fun to be on the show,” Hayden said.