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Today's News

  • Guitars bridge the gap between local teen's death and famous guitarists

    By Matt Overing
    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Country music singer Vince Gill dedicated a song to Colin Whitfill during a concert in Louisville in March.
    Whitfill died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in a car crash in Lebanon. The day before, his father, Charles, was at Gill's house making measurements on one of Gill's guitars.
    Charles Whitfill makes custom guitars. His guitars have put him in a position to know people like Gill, and through that connection, Gill feels a special bond to Colin's death.

  • Calloway judge-executive to lobby for open Kentucky primaries

    By Austin Ramsey
    Murray Ledger & Times

    As this year’s crop of election candidates narrow their focus on November’s general election, one local official still has his sights set on last month’s primary.
    Calloway County Judge-Executive Larry Elkins issued a release Friday, May 30, calling on state officials to rethink Kentucky’s method of holding primaries – especially he said, when the costly elections don’t represent the entire electorate.

  • Interim period begins for legislature

    June begins the Interim Period, a time during which legislators meet with their respective committees and monitor any issues within our scope. We also hear testimony and are informed on noteworthy topics that may require us to take action in future legislation.
    I am the co-chairman of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee. What has my attention right now is the reports of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs hospitals in the U.S, and the long waiting lists our veterans are placed on to receive critical medical care.

  • Help your child beat bullies

    By Matt Overing

    A kid named Robert bullied me in elementary school.
    Robert would always break my pencils. He’d laugh about it and just walk away.
    My dad told me to punch him. He said to sock him in the mouth and he’ll back off. He knew I’d get in trouble, but he wanted me to stand up to a bully without the help of a teacher or parent.
    I didn’t know it then, but my dad was teaching me to fight my own battles. He wasn’t going to be the one to call my teacher and complain that his child was being bullied.

  • Identity theft is a bigger problem than you might think

    If identity theft still seems like a relatively rare crime when compared to other types of stealing, the truth is that it plays a much bigger role than one might think.
    According to a report last December by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, it was responsible for nearly $25 billion in financial losses nationwide in 2012, which was $10 billion more than all other property crimes combined.

  • All of our stuff

    Like all the best comedians, George Carlin used comedy to point to bigger truths about our world. He could get deep, but he could also be silly.
    And sometimes he just talked about stuff.
    “That’s the whole meaning of life, isn’t it? Trying to find a place for your stuff,” Carlin said in one of his routines. “That’s all your house is. Your house is just a place for your stuff.”

  • County trash pick-up will run early June 4

     County employees will be going through mandatory training from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4. 

    To make sure that sanitation crews are finished in time to attend the training, trash pick-up will take place earlier that usual on Wednesday, according to Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly. 

  • MCPS, we have a problem

    The Marion County Board of Education was standing room only during its special-called meeting Thursday, May 29. A large delegation of current and former MCPS employees, community members and family members of current and former employees of the district were in attendance. And they weren’t there because of their interest in the district’s 2014-15 budget, which was the main item on the board’s agenda. They were there to share their concerns about recent staffing changes within the school district.

  • Creating career-training opportunities for our high school students

    As a member of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB), I have taken part in discussions over the last several years, and advocated to allow students to complete internships and apprenticeships in local industry. Many plant managers I spoke with were happy to accommodate students in the workplace as long as they were 18 years of age, with few exceptions.

  • Special called city council and school board meetings Thursday night

    The Lebanon City Council and the Marion County Board of Education will both be having special-called meetings at 6 p.m., Thursday evening, May 29, and the main topic listed on each entities agenda is their budgets.

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw will be giving his annual budget address at Lebanon City Hall.

    The Marion County Board of Education will also be discussing its budget and possibly approving it Thursday evening.