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Today's News

  • 'Hope not dope'

    Since 2014, farmers and universities all across the state have been granted the ability to grow industrial hemp for a state pilot program.
    Madison Hemp and Flax 1806 LLC, owned by Mike Hickey of Marion County, is one of the participants this year.

  • War against illegal drugs is ever-changing

    It has often been said that the war against illegal drugs is an ever-changing battlefield. When we seem to be making headway on one front, another tragically opens up. Over the past dozen years, those “fronts” in Kentucky have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to prescription pain medicine and heroin.
    According to the annual report the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released last week, a new name has been added to that list: fentanyl.

  • Boxing with The Greatest

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    Many people have wondered and even dreamed of what it would have been like to box with Muhammad Ali.
    Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, was born in Louisville on Jan. 17, 1942. He was a world famous boxer, winning the World Heavyweight Championships twice in a row. He passed away on June 3, 2016 in Arizona.
    While the world is full of dreamers, Lebanon, Kentucky is home to a man who can actually tell you what it was like to spar with The Greatest.

  • U of L President James Ramsey stepping down

    By Tom Loftus and Morgan Watkins
    The Courier-Journal

    Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday that University of Louisville President James Ramsey is stepping down and that he is reorganizing the Board of Trustees.
    Bevin said he is appointing an interim board that will serve for the next two weeks.
    Bevin said it has been evident that changes in the oversight at U of L has been needed for some time. He said his intent is to "give a fresh start" to the university.

  • Run, reconnect, volunteer, repeat

    By Lynn Bauer
    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland

    Jess Kurti is on a mission she calls the “Beast of Burden Challenge.”
    Her goal is to visit all 200 Feeding America food banks across the country as she travels to run 100 marathons.

  • United Way selects campaign chairperson for 2016

    The Tri-County Kentucky United Way has selected Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser to serve as the chairperson for Tri-County Kentucky United Way’s Campaign Fundraising Committee for 2016.
    Schlosser has served as superintendent since 2013 with a variety of educational administrative positions on her resume for the past 24 years, primarily in the Marion County and Washington County school systems. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University holding a masters in arts in secondary counseling. 

  • Summer camp cooking

    The 2016 Summer Dream Academy, sponsored by the Marion County Title One Program, kicked off in early May and will continue until late July.
    There are programs for all ages and interests and at varying lengths and dates this summer.
    This past week, 33 students from kindergarten through the sixth grade attended the Kentucky Migrant Education and 21st Century Learning Camp. On Wednesday June 15, the students got to cook their very own breakfast burrito at the Marion County Extension office.

  • Summer Feeding kicks off

    For a lot of kids, summer break is about vacations, going to the pool and spending more time with friends. For others, it becomes a struggle just to get enough to eat. That was the topic of discussion at the USDA Summer Feeding Kick-off Tuesday, June 15, at Calvary Elementary.    
    Hosted by Marion County Public Schools, the event presented speakers from all around the commonwealth who aimed to tackle the issue of hunger among students and ways to prevent it.

  • School board: Superintendent is ‘exemplary’

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser is doing an “exemplary” job, according to the members of the Marion County Board of Education who conducted Schlosser’s performance evaluation on June 14.
    After meeting in closed session for one hour and 44 minutes, the board reconvened in open session and Board Chairman Mike Cecil read the board’s summative evaluation statement out loud.

  • Forever and Ever, Amen

    A quiet grave lay at the corner of St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. There was no headstone. Not even a metal nameplate. Just a patch of grass, neatly trimmed and unassuming. There was no clue whatsoever that Tommy Burress’s body had been laid to rest in the plot next to his father and the place reserved for his mother. If it hadn’t been for his long-time friend and coworker, Linda Nally, Burress’s resting place may still be little more than a patch of grass.