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Today's News

  • Project seeks faces behind Vietnam wall's names

    By Martha Elson
    The Courier-Journal

    Everette Bailey had written to his family in Georgetown, Ky., describing a vision of Jesus he had while sitting on a mountainside, telling him "not to fear," that he was going home.
    Soon thereafter, military men arrived at his mother's house during a family get-together to tell them he had indeed gone home.
    He had been killed in Vietnam, said Brenda Hillstrand, his niece.

  • Lexington ceremony part of nationwide effort to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    In a downtown Lexington church on Sunday, Mildred Bailey, 72, spoke of her mother's struggles with Alzheimer's disease, which took her life 10 years ago.
    Bailey recalled how her mother once prayed every night for her nine children by name, with specific requests for each, but in her later years she couldn't remember their names.

  • Beshear encourages Kentuckians to shop for health insurance on Kynect

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear encouraged Kentuckians on Monday to start shopping for health insurance as soon as this weekend on an improved kynect.ky.gov, the insurance exchange implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act.
    Speaking at a Capitol news conference, Beshear said some Kentuckians might find lower prices by shopping on Kynect during open enrollment, which begins Saturday and ends Feb. 15.

  • Reed sworn in as school board member

    Kaelin Reed was elected as the District 2 representative on the Marion County Board of Education on Nov. 4.

    On Nov. 11, he was sworn in by Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Matttingly. Originally, the plan was for Reed to take his oath of office during the Nov. 11 meeting, but it was moved up due to a scheduling issue.

    This also means all the seats on the board are full for the first time since May, when Michael Mullins resigned as a board member.

  • Loretto man injured in Friday morning accident

    A Loretto man is being treated at University Hospital in Louisville after a single-vehicle accident Friday morning. His condition was not available as of 1:30 p.m.

    Chad Allen Mattingly, 32, was ejected from his vehicle after it struck a guardrail on Hwy. 152 and overturned, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

  • Mattingly resigns as school board attorney

    Joe Mattingly has resigned as the attorney for the Marion County Board of Education after one of his employees was elected to the board.
    Kaelin Reed, who works at the Mattingly and Nally-Martin law firm, was elected as the District 2 board member during the Nov. 4 election. Reed previously resigned from his position as assistant county attorney on Oct. 31, noting in his resignation letter that he was prohibited from being the assistant county attorney as a school board candidate.

  • Head above water

    Walking toward a nearly dried up Prather Creek in Loretto, Theresa Hartley reminisces about her childhood home, which used to sit feet away from the creek on Spencer Hamilton Road.
    A cement slab sits on the ground where her family’s garage once stood.
    She can still remember where their dog pen was located on the property. Aside from that, there’s little proof that a home once stood there.

  • Mills wins re-election

    Marion County voters showed support for Alison Lundergan Grimes in the race for the U.S. Senate, but statewide incumbent Mitch McConnell claimed victory. Grimes won Marion County, 3,267 to 2,498, but McConnell received 806,679 votes to Grimes' 584,622 votes accross Kentucky.

    In the First District Congressional race, incumbent Congressman Ed Whitfield won re-election with 173,020 votes to Charles Hatchett's 63,595 votes. Hatchett won Marion County again, 2,800 to 2,471.

  • Breathing easier

    After years of struggling for each and every breath, Cara Brahm got new lungs and a new lease on life on Sept. 8 — two days before her 38th birthday.
    She had been on the waiting list for an organ donation for 11 months.
    "Progressively I got worse with my breathing and my oxygen level. [My] lung function was dropping ... a lot of chores, I just had to stop doing," Brahm said.
    Brahm was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 10 years old and as it continued to take a toll on her lungs, even simple acts like getting dressed required help.

  • Health official: Focus on flu, not Ebola

    In spite of all the media attention on the Ebola virus, Kentuckians should be paying more attention to a more likely infection, the flu, according to health officials.
    “Flu season is upon us. We know it’s coming, yet we still have people die in Kentucky every year,” said Pablo Munoz, the director of environment with the Lincoln Trail Health District.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of 23,000 people die annually from influenza and more than 200,000 are hospitalized with flu complications.