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Today's News

  • Keeping trac(tors)

    If you've been to the Marion County Country Ham Days Pigasus Parade, then you've probably seen Jimmy Hughes' collection of Farmall tractors. He's also taken them to Plow Days, displayed them at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Farm, Home and Garden Show, and showed them off at farm machinery shows in multiple states.
    Among his 10 tractors, he has all six models that International Harvester manufactured in the 1940s.
    "I've got every one of 'em from the M [the biggest] to the Cub [the smallest]," Hughes said.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline project can't take land, judge says

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Developers of the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline do not have the legal authority to condemn land to pipe natural gas liquids across Kentucky, a judge ruled March 25.
    In an 18-page order, Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd granted a summary judgment in favor of the group Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain, or KURE, which has fought the pipeline project.

  • One in 6 go 5 years without dentist

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Six of 10 Kentucky adults (or 64 percent) reported visiting a dentist or dental clinic within the past year, new data from the 2013 Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows.
    But the poll also showed that “almost 1 in 6 had not visited the dentist or a dental clinic in five or more years,” said Francie Wolgin, senior program officer for protecting the health care safety net at Norwood, Ohio-based Interact for Health.
    The results for Northern Kentucky on both questions were basically the same as the statewide poll.

  • Oldham is healthiest county in Kentucky, followed by Boone, Shelby, Calloway, Scott

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT - Oldham County ranks healthiest in Kentucky, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
    The rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org. In addition to the updated rankings, Kentucky has been selected by the foundation as one of three states being highlighted nationally for its success in implementing strategies for improving health at the community level.

  • State team hoping to make strides in Kentucky's overall health

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Kentucky’s health is poor and in dire need of improvement. This was the diagnosis from the state’s public health commissioner to members of the “kyhealthnow” Oversight Team Thursday during its first meeting.

  • The mark of good art

    In conjunction with Maker’s Mark’s 60th anniversary of kicking off the bourbon revolution, a stunning, 36’ x 6’ glass art installation by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly was unveiled March 26 in one of the distillery’s rack houses. The piece of art took more than seven months to complete and stretches down the walkway of one of the distillery’s rickhouses. The artwork will be available for the public to enjoy as a permanent part of the Maker’s Mark distillery tour.
     

  • Top of the barrel

    Barry Shewmaker was at the bottom of the barrel when he went to work at Kentucky Cooperage in 1991. In his first job, he was a barrel stacker, which is exactly what the title implies.
    And he used that experience to build a career.
    Today, Shewmaker is the plant manager at the cooperage, which is owned by Independent Stave Company, and he was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Industry Manager by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

  • School daze on school days

    Marion County Public Schools have missed 16 days of school this year, and the school board continues to go back and forth on how those missed days should be made up.
    “I think we have to look at what we think is best for kids,” Superintendent Taylora Schlosser told board members at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday of last week. “Our board is very adamant that we want kids to get as many days of instruction in as possible.”

  • Every school could get a full-time nurse

    While it’s not official until a contract is signed, every school in the Marion County Public School System could have its very own nurse next school year.

  • One last push for House and Senate

    If legislative sessions start like a marathon, they end like a 100-yard dash, as the House and Senate make a final push to turn their goals into law. Leading the agenda, of course, is the state’s two-year budget and highway plan. Legislative leaders began meeting Wednesday to hammer out a compromise, and the good news is that there is some broad area of agreement.