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Today's News

  • Red letter day

    Terry Tingle is a "leaper", and he'll be celebrating his first "real" birthday this year.

    He turns 4 today, Leap Day, Feb. 29.

    "His due date was Feb. 22, and he was exactly a week overdue," said his mother, Natasha Sandusky Tingle of Danville.

    The doctor had planned to induce labor on Feb. 29, but Natasha said her water broke that day anyway.

  • Leap of Faith

    If you ask Shirley Benningfield, it was by pure coincidence that she and her husband, Boody, decided to get married on Leap Day.

    But, if you ask Boody, you might get a different story.

    "Shirley was afraid she was going to lose me," Boody said, laughing, sitting alongside Shirley in their kitchen at their home on West Finley Ridge in Marion County last week.

  • Take a flying leap

    Most people would never think of jumping out of an airplane, and many people who do just want to jump once to say that they did it.

    But there are a few people for whom skydiving becomes a lifetime hobby.

    Bill Harned is one of those few select people.

    "In 1977, I went to Bardstown and jumped out of an airplane," he said.

  • Pennies For Patients

    Lebanon Middle School hosted a Pennies For Patients Fashion Show and Tribute Friday, Feb. 24. Students modeled clothing from local stores, including Cato's, Factory Connection, Goodie Two Shoes, Goodwill, Simply The Best and That Cute Little Shop. The school has raised more than $1,800 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As a result of their fundraising, teacher John Buckman agreed to shave his head during the fashion show.

  • Local schools work to close the gaps

    Kentucky schools are preparing for a new testing system, which will begin in the spring. But, recently members of the Marion County Board of Education were discussing 2011 Kentucky Core Content Test scores, which show significant learning gaps in reading and math among students with disabilities, African American students and male students.

  • Attempted murder, arson case closed

    The Commonwealth of Kentucky is no longer pursuing an attempted murder case against William Joseph "Joey" Rigdon.

    The case had been dismissed pending a federal investigation on Jan. 6, 2011, with the possibility that they could be refiled, but Marion Circuit Judge Allen Bertram determined that "No issues remain for this case," according to court records.

  • Labor of love

    Farming isn't just something Larry Jones does for a living. It's something he loves.

    "It's in my blood," he said. "I love the smell of fresh air in the early morning and the feel of dirt under my feet."

    Farming is also something Jones, 55, does well, which is why the Marion County Chamber of Commerce named him the 2012 Outstanding Farmer.

  • Young Democrats convention is this weekend

    Lebanon has been a Democratic stronghold for decades, but this weekend it will be the center of the party's activity in the state. The Kentucky Young Democrats are holding their annual convention March 2-4 in Lebanon.

    "We've put together a really good convention schedule,"  said Joey George, president of the Marion County Young Democrats.

  • Senate votes for debt limits; casino bill defeated

    After a pause for President's Day, the legislature moved into the second half of the 2012 General Assembly Session. I had visits from groups representing adult day health care providers and developmental disabilities. Many Boy Scout troops came to Frankfort for the annual Boy Scout Day at the Capitol. It was a pleasure to see these civic-minded boys and young men and their dedicated troop leaders and parents.

  • Take the leap to live longer

    So, we have an extra day today... what are you going to do with it?

    I have a suggestion for you.

    Take the leap to live longer and start exercising.

    Wait! Wait!

    Before you turn the page, hear me out.