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Today's News

  • Redistricting plan is fair

    Many of you have called or e-mailed me over the last few weeks to share your thoughts on redistricting. I appreciate your involvement in the process.

  • A ‘fowl’ of the law

    By Kim Bell
    Guest columnist

    90.26 Except in agricultural zoning districts, it shall be unlawful to keep poultry within the corporate limits of the city at any time during any year. (Ord. 08-01, passed Sept. 8, 2008)

    In the Aug. 21, edition of The Lebanon Enterprise, on page A15, the headline reads “Chickens still an issue for city.” The article gave a brief but detailed description of the Lebanon City Council meeting held on Aug. 12.

  • Recent redistricting process went smoothly

    Last week, the General Assembly returned to the Capitol to re-draw the geographic lines that govern the 100-member House of Representatives and the 38-member Senate.
    It’s something we and every other state are called upon to do each decade, to reflect the differences in population found by the Census.

  • A love of learning

    Terry Ward was like the uncle I never had.
    From basically the moment I was born he was like family.
    He and my mom and dad were the best of friends.

  • Superintendent sets goals for herself, district

    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser has been at the helm of the Marion County Public School District for more than a month now, and she hasn’t wasted any time making big changes and setting the tone for the new school year.
    Schlosser recently reviewed her 30-60-90 day plan with the Marion County Board of Education, and updated them on the goals she’s set for herself and for the district.

  • Superintendent reports on first month on the job

    Taylora Schlosser has completed her first month as the Marion County Public Schools superintendent, and she reported on that month of activities during the Aug. 13 meeting of the Marion County Board of Education.
    On Aug. 6, the board and Schlosser discussed goals for the 2013-14 school year (see related story), and those goals were approved during last week’s meeting. Schlosser used those goals to shape her report.
    For example, one of the goals relates to teaching and learning.

  • Redistricting plans approved… again

    Last week, the Kentucky legislature approved redistricting plans for the state House of Representatives and Senate for the second time in two years.
    The new districts were signed into law Friday by Gov. Steve Beshear.
    "I expect these maps will withstand legal scrutiny, so all Kentuckians can be assured of appropriate representation in the General Assembly," Beshear said in a press statement.
    The General Assembly included an emergency provision so that the new districts took effect as soon as they were signed into law.

  • Senator introduces NGL resolution

    The General Assembly was limited to approving legislation related to redistricting during last week’s special session, but that didn’t stop legislators from introducing resolutions on other topics.
    State Senator Jimmy Higdon took advantage of that to propose a resolution regarding siting and regulation of natural gas liquids pipelines.

    A RESOLUTION regarding the siting and construction of natural gas liquids pipelines.

  • ‘More valuable than the dollar figure’

    Ron Cook and his wife, Kathy, have lived on their St. Francis property since 1976. Both grew up in big cities, but they moved to Marion County because they wanted to raise their children in a rural setting.
    “We put money into this farm, and we didn’t get anything out of it except for a way of life,” Cook said. “We’re just stewards of it. It was here before I got here. It will be here after I leave.”
    That’s also why Cook, 64, doesn’t want the Bluegrass Pipeline coming through or near his property.

  • Show horse

    Ken Wallen and Boomer took the Reserve Champion title in the Pleasure Pony division of the Rock Creek Show in June in Louisville. The photo is from the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Show. Boomer’s trainer is James Wallen of Cox’s Creek. “Boomer” is owned by Carolyn Tongate of Jeffersonville, Ind., who a client of James Wallen of Wallen Central, Inc at Gran Vin Stables in Cox’s Creek.