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  • Magistrates’ pay will go up 38 percent in 2015

    During its May 1 meeting, a majority of the Marion County Fiscal Court voted in favor of increasing the magistrates pay by nearly 38 percent starting in January.
    The court voted 3-1 to approve a resolution setting the compensation for the magistrates, the county coroner, the deputy coroner and the county attorney starting in January 2015.
    Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers voted against the resolution, and Magistrate John Arthur Elder was not present at last week's meeting.

  • Five Marion County projects included in state road plan

    The 2014 General Assembly has wrapped up with a new road plan, and according to local legislators, Marion County residents should see projects underway during the next two years.
    Five projects have been assigned $10.2 million in funding for the next biennium.
    State Representative Terry Mills explained that those projects have been designated for the highest priority funding from the state.
    “If it doesn’t happen, then I’m going to be talking to somebody,” Mills said.
    The projects approved for the highest priority funding are:

  • Presentations of Learning at LMS

    The seventh grade class hosted their “Presentation of Learning” night for parents Thursday. Students presented in all content areas, including math, science and social studies.

  • State bans algebra program on statewide test

    By Linda B. Blackford
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Calculators augmented with algebra software may no longer be used by Kentucky high school students as they take a statewide college-readiness test, the Kentucky Department of Education ordered recently.
    The decision by state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday came after officials concluded the software could be used to artificially inflate scores.

  • Kentucky college tuition about to go up again

    By Chris Kenning
    The Courier-Journal

    Kentucky's public universities received permission last week to increase tuition as much as 8 percent over the next two years — potentially hiking yet again the sticker price of a college education.
    With state funding falling and university expectations rising, the Council on Postsecondary Education decided it had to approve the allowed increase, which applies to in-state undergraduate students for the coming school year. But, it capped the increase at no more than 5 percent in either year.

  • Spring forest fire hazard season ends

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – The spring forest fire hazard season in Kentucky officially ended April 30. Despite the recent heavy rainfalls, 1,171 wildfires have burned more than 35,613 acres in the state since the first of the year.

  • Kentucky tops U.S. for ADHD

    By Laura Ungar
    The Courier-Journal

    As a preschooler, Cherrish Slaymaker was a tiny tempest — at times defiant, other times bouncing distractedly from toy to toy at daycare, while other children were absorbed in play.
    Amanda Slaymaker hoped her daughter's troubling behavior was just a phase, but a medical evaluation showed otherwise — Cherrish had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which afflicts Kentucky children at the highest rates in the nation.

  • Study: Kentucky earns a C in ‘fertility friendliness’

    By Margarita Cambest
    Kentucky New Era

    A study released last week by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association suggests Kentuckians experiencing trouble conceiving have a 50/50 chance of finding the help they need in the commonwealth.
    The nonprofit gave Kentucky a C in “fertility friendliness.”

  • Former cheerleader's lawsuit against website packs big impact

    By Amber Hunt
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    What are the rules for the Internet? Tech companies as large as Google and individuals as ordinary as the frequent commenters on your favorite website have a stake in the legal drama posing that question that will unfold in a downtown Cincinnati courtroom Thursday.

  • Photo contest celebrates National Historic Preservation Month

    Kentucky Press News Service

    May is National Historic Preservation Month and the Kentucky Heritage Council wants to know, where is your favorite Old Kentucky Home? Show the council by entering KHC’s “This is MY Old Kentucky Home” Facebook photo contest for a chance to win an all-expense paid weekend in Bardstown, site of Federal Hill, the house said to have inspired Stephen Foster to write our state song, “My Old Kentucky Home.”