Works in progress

Ham Days seems to overwhelm everything at this time of year. It limits what we have time and space to include in the paper, especially the week after the festival. There are a few stories in particular that I haven’t quite been able to finish, but really hope to have ready soon.

The first is about a Lebanon man who recently returned from a two-year mission trip to Africa.

The second is about a statue in the St. Charles Church cemetery, which was originally donated to St. Mary’s College, the seminary that operated for a long time in Marion County. That property later became the home of the Cornucopia community and most recently, the private prison, Marion Adjustment Center.

The third is about a letter that Bluegrass Pipeline officials sent last week to Marion County residents, even though a spokesman for the companies has said (to The Courier Journal and to me) that the planned route will go north of our county.

We look forward to sharing each of those stories and more as soon as we are able.


And, in case you were wondering, we’re still putting together more Ham Days slideshows, so look for more photos in the next few days.


Meanwhile, a Taylor County deputy has been arrested and is now facing federal drug trafficking charges. Our sister paper, The Central Kentucky News-Journal has the story here: http://www.cknj.com/content/sheriffs-deputy-charged-federal-drug-crimes.


The next phase in the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, is underway. On Oct. 1 health insurance exchanges opened across the United States, including kynect.ky.gov here in the Bluegrass State. Unfortunately, the high number of visitors to several of those sites created problems for people trying to register on those sites. The Lexington Herald-Leader has more on the story: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/10/01/2853632/glitches-hamper-access-to-kentuckys.html.


Amid the political dispute over the ongoing shutdown of “nonessential” government service, a group of veterans who made an honor flight from Mississippi weren’t going to let anything stop them from visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Several news sources have carried this story, here’s a link to ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/world-war-ii-veterans-cross-memorial-barricades-shutdown/story?id=20432719.