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Today's News

  • Jury wastes little time finding Salyers guilty in biker murder case

    By Todd Kleffman
    Kentucky Press News Service

    GREENSBURG — In little more than its lunch break Tuesday, Jan. 21, a Green County Circuit Court jury digested days worth of testimony and took only an hour and 20 minutes to find David Salyers guilty of plotting to murder Gleason Pyles.
    The jury's fast work to conclude the seven-day trial floored many in the courtroom. Even Jude Hagan, Salyers' attorney, seemed at a loss for words when he spoke to the jury before it began to deliberate on Salyers' punishment.

  • Bethlehem's basketball homecoming court
  • Fires reported on North Forest Street and McElroy Pike

    The Lebanon Fire Department helped minimize the damage from a fire at 235 N. Forest Street on Wednesday morning.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting the fire at 5:11 a.m. Jan. 22.
    "It was all contained up in the attic," Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said.
    He added that the fire appears to have started due to an electrical short, and Mattingly said he believes space heaters were a factor in starting the fire.

  • House fire kills man, dog

    A Marion County man died in a house fire Friday night at 885 Penick Road.
    Gerald "G.C." Mays Jr., 55, died as a result of a fire, which appears to have been started in a wood-burning stove, according to a preliminary investigation by the Kentucky State Police. Mays was the only person in the residence, the state police reported.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting the fire at 6:23 p.m. Jan. 24. Firefighters remained on the scene until 11:21 p.m. Friday.

  • ‘Wildman’ show accused of animal mistreatment

    Mother Jones, a nonprofit news organization, reported last week that it found instances of animal mistreatment during a seven-month investigation into "Call of the Wildman," the Animal Planet program starring Marion County's "Turtleman" Ernie Brown Jr.
    While Brown was not named personally, Mother Jones accused people involved with the show of endangering the lives of baby raccoons, sedating a zebra and illegally transporting bats.

  • Budgets and bills on the table

    After a pause in legislative work Monday, Jan. 20, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Senate reconvened Tuesday, Jan. 21, in a joint session with the House to hear the Governor’s budget proposal.

  • Fit as a fiddle

    In spite of cold weather and less-than-ideal road conditions, hundreds of people made it to this year's Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff.
    When the festival started, it was held at the Centre Square Convention Center, but it didn't take long for the event to need more space. Since then, it's been held at Marion County High School.

  • Who is Carrie Fowler?

    By Ken Begley
    Guest columnist

    If you don’t know the answer to that question then you need to attend the Central Kentucky Community Theatre’s presentation of the Frank Wildhorn musical, “Jekyll & Hyde.”

  • Gas, Mother Jones and E911

    Sunday night I was watching television when I saw a commercial promoting the natural gas industry. The spokeswoman referred to hydraulic fracturing as proven safe and reliable.
    The intent was clear: hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is nothing to worry about.
    It seems a little optimistic to make that claim. The EPA is in the process of conducting its own study (see here: http://www2.epa.gov/hfstudy).

  • Kentucky is trying to do more with less

    Shortly after Governor Beshear first took office in late 2007, he remarked that not only did he find the cupboard bare, it was actually gone.
    It hasn’t gotten any easier since then. Cumulative budget cuts over the last six years have reached $1.6 billion, the state government workforce has shrunk to its smallest size in 40 years and the list of needs continues to grow faster than the revenue coming in.