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Today's News

  • Bill would make life without parole minimum penalty for killing a cop

    By Randy Patrick
    The Kentucky Standard

    Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, has filed a bill in the state legislature that would make the minimum penalty for killing a peace officer life without parole.
    House Bill 368, if it becomes law, would be named The Officer Jason Ellis Memorial Act in honor of the 33-year-old Bardstown police officer who was ambushed and murdered last May on the Bluegrass Parkway on his way home from work.

  • FFA Week
  • Taylor County woman still going strong at 106

    She still remembers the first time she rode in a car. And she can recall her first airplane ride. But she doesn't seem to understand why there is such a fuss about her 106th birthday.
    On Feb. 16, Frances Moss celebrated 106 years of life. Performers from Kentucky Classic Theater came to The Grandview Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, where Moss now lives, to perform songs from her lifetime in her honor.
    "It was so much more than I thought it was going to be," she said.

  • Beefy operation

    Unlike many recipients of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Awards, Pat Hourigan wasn’t surprised to hear his name called at the chamber dinner.
    Hourigan wasn’t being vain, however.
    “They pretty much had to tell me to get me to show up,” he said.
    Hourigan, 52, grew up in Gravel Switch. He was the youngest of Ross and Betty Hourigan’s three children.

  • Sparks win youth league

     The Sparks 8-9-year-old league champions finished the season with a record of 7-1. Pictured, front row from left, are Chloe Leake, Kristin Miles, Gracie Benningfield, Aubrey Knopp and Kelly Hutchins; back row from left are Assistant Coach Tony Clark, Amber Edelen, Lilly Thompson, Emily Clark, Kaylee Withrow,  Emily Tungate and Head Coach Mike Benningfield.

  • History on display

    Adam Poff has been impressed with the work done by the Marion County Historical Society to transform the old courthouse into the Marion County Heritage Center.
    “It has become a fixture in the community in such a short period of time,” Poff said.
    And as the outgoing president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, he selected the heritage center to receive this year’s President’s Award.
    Most people probably know that the center is the home of the Turtleman Museum, but there’s more to it than that.

  • Strong: ‘A mighty man of God’

    “Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 1:9)
    Tanner Strong etched those words on the cover of his Bible with a pocketknife. If he were here today, that’s undoubtedly the advice he would give to his father, family and friends who are grieving his death.
    “He was a mighty man of God,” Joe Strong said about his 16-year-old son.
    Jeffrey Tanner Strong died Feb. 19 when he and a friend were tearing down a tree house.

  • A chance

    On the front page of this week’s Enterprise, there is story about Aaron Glasscock. Did you read it? If not, I urge you to read it now. While it might seem like the script for a movie, it’s not. It’s all very real.

  • Where does the lottery revenue go?

    I am often asked about how the Kentucky Lottery funds are used in our state. The money raised has provided $2 billion in scholarship and grants for our students in Kentucky.
    In my Senate District for the fiscal year of 2013, 4176 grants and scholarships that were worth $7,289,377 were awarded to our students. By counties, in my district it is evident that thousands of students are recipients of major funds for higher education.
    • Casey County: 537 grants and scholarships worth $888,230

  • Legislation designed to help others

    As we near the end of February, the General Assembly has a predictably full agenda heading into what is always its busiest month of the year.
    Enacting a budget to run state government remains our biggest task. The House’s Appropriations and Revenue Committee is right on schedule, however, with its seven budget review subcommittees close to finishing their modifications of Governor Beshear’s proposal. A vote by the full chamber will be held by early March.