Today's News

  • Richie Farmer now awaits sentencing on Jan. 14

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    The fate of disgraced former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is now in the hands of a judge, after the one-time University of Kentucky basketball star pleaded guilty to two felonies Friday in federal court.
    U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove will decide at a Jan. 14 sentencing whether to accept a plea deal brokered between Farmer, 44, and federal prosecutors.

  • Learning, together

    Jacob Marcum, 4, finished a puzzle that required him to put numbered pieces in order. He then turned to his mother, Lisa Smothers.
    “I like staying here,” he told her.
    “Here” is the Marion County Public Library, and Jacob is part of a group of 3-5-year-olds who are participating in a free kindergarten readiness program for children who have not yet started school.
    Children’s Librarian Patty May Brown started the program.

  • Raywick man gets probation for assault

    Michael Gibson, 50, of 209 Broadway in Raywick received 24 months of probation after pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    A charge of third-degree terroristic threatening was dismissed.
    Gibson is a co-defendant with Christopher Gribbins stemming from an incident outside of the Raywick Bar and Grill Nov. 9, 2012.
    Gibson and Gribbins were both indicted for second-degree assault against Phillip J. Franklin of Springfield.

  • Tibetan Buddhist monks to visit Marion County

    Tibetan Buddhist monks will be visiting Marion County next month.
    Mary Batt and Angela Selter spoke with members of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission about plans for a week (Oct. 7-13) of activities involving monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery.
    Batt was representing the Friends of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, and Selter was there on behalf of the Marion County Public Library.

  • Kinks in the pipeline

    The Bluegrass Pipeline remains a work in progress.
    Governor Steve Beshear doesn't see it as a pressing issue, but at least one group of legislators is trying to learn about the project and its potential impact.
    Executives from the Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners testified Sept. 5 before the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment. The hearings were broadcast live on KET, and the video of the hearing remains available online (http://www.ket.org/legislature/archives.php).

  • Corrections and clarifications - Sept. 18, 2013

    In a letter to the editor in last week’s edition, a part of the letter by Gary Wilkerson should have read, “Our current president wants to attack Syria for no more than the known fact that the government allowed the murder of innocent humans. The numbers having been estimated at 1,400 citizens, including the focal point of 426 children.”

  • Legislators in the classrooms
  • Our population is changing and growing older

    In the broadest sense, the population changes Kentucky has seen over the last 50 years have largely fallen in line with the country as a whole.
    We have both become increasingly urban, for example, with Kentucky’s tipping point coming in 1970, when the U.S. Census found for the first time that more than half of our citizens lived in or near a city. Both of us are also witnessing the same graying trend, which is no surprise because of advances in medicine and the growing number of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age.

  • Family Fitness and Safety Day

    On Saturday, The Marion County Fitness and Nutrition Coalition hosted its eighth annual Family Fitness and Safety Day. The event was held at Graham Memorial Park and featured demonstrations and activities about fitness and safety. The event was free and open to the public.

  • Newspapers In Education


    Written by Leigh Anne Florence

    Illustrated by Chris Ware