Today's News

  • Hemp, Hemp Hooray

    Terry Mills normally asks questions during meetings of the Kentucky House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, but recently, he found himself on the other side of the table, answering questions about legalizing industrial hemp.
    Mills and State Sen. Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, have introduced similar legislation in their respective houses in the hopes of making industrial hemp a legal cash crop again across the Bluegrass State.
    "It's not to promote marijuana," Mills stressed in his comments to the committee.

  • Wish granted

    Marion County High School hosted the ninth annual Junior Mister competition Saturday evening and Austin Hatchel won the crown. But, the real winner was Make-A-Wish recipient, 10-year-old Ashley of Edmonton, Ky, who will be leaving for Walt Disney World Resort Saturday. The funds raised by MCHS students, totaling more than $7,000, will help fund her trip. Ashley has been fighting a brave battle against leukemia

  • Stopping smoking, prenatal care should be concerns for pregnant women

    One in four children in Marion County lives in poverty. Three out of every 10 babies are born to mothers who smoked during their pregnancy, and nearly one in 10 children born in the community were considered low weight at birth.
    All of this is according to the 2011 Kids Count report (www.kidscount.org). Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation compiles information from a several sources on a variety of issues affecting children across the United States.

  • Memorials to loved ones torn down twice

    Diane Mattingly's life changed in an instant Aug. 28, 2011. As she was leaving Pleasant Run Church with her husband, James "Jim" Mattingly Jr., and her son, James "Jamie" Mattingly III.
    As they were leaving the church - a church Jim had helped purchase and restore - their Dodge Ram left the road and struck a tree. Jim and Jamie died that day.
    While Diane will never forget what happened, she asked Joe Marion Blandford to make two crosses, crosses that she put up at the scene of the accident in January as a memorial for her loved ones.

  • Tourism director touts local treasures

    Nicky Reynolds is Lebanon's new tourism director, but the Tennessee native views the city more like a tourist.
    And she likes what she sees.
    "A lot of times you don't know what treasures you have in your own backyard," Reynolds said at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon Thursday. "You're sitting on a goldmine."

  • Growth opportunity

    Industrial hemp hasn't been legal to grow in the United States for decades.
    Not that people haven't wanted to grow it, but right or wrong, hemp has been lumped in with its botanical cousin, marijuana, for a long time.

  • Senate prepares its budget proposal

  • The Katie Cambron Story

    By Ken Begley
    Guest Columnist

    "Can't" never "did" nothing.
    - Unknown author

    . . . is just beginning.

  • End of legislative session is in sight

    In one key way, legislative sessions are a lot like March Madness: The intensity picks up as the number of days winds down. That makes this week, then, the General Assembly's version of the Final Four.

  • Feeling fine despite the pink slime

    It was widely reported recently that companies that process ground beef for retail grocery stores add pink slime.
    Pink slime is basically beef trimmings that have been sprayed with ammonia to kill the e. coli and salmonella germs in the trimmings.
    ABC TV News showed people all upset because they weren't aware of what was being added to the meat.
    I really don't have a problem with these added beef trimmings. I've probably eaten it for years and thus far, I'm feeling just fine.