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  • AARP tax help available Wednesdays at extension office

    Representatives of the AARP TaxAide Program will be in Marion County each Wednesday in February and March and April 2 and April 9 to assist individuals who need help preparing and filing income tax returns.
    The TaxAide representatives will be at the Marion County Extension Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Wednesday in February, from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday in March and April 2 and April 9.

  • Five years after the storm

    It may seem hard to believe, but it's been five years since the 2009 ice storm brought Marion County to a halt. We lost electricity. Water was scarce. Emergency and road crews worked around the clock to try to keep roads passable. At the same time, people pitched in to help one another.
    The Enterprise is taking a look back at that storm and how it affected our county. And that includes hearing from you, our readers. Please let us know what you remember about the storm, how it affected you and your family and even what you learned from the storm.

  • Woman sentenced to 60 days in jail for DUI

    A Springfield woman, who pled guilty to drinking and driving and two counts of second-degree assault, was sentenced recently in Washington Circuit Court.
    Judith Filiatreau, 63, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, five years of probation and her license was revoked for 18 months.

  • Here is the final list of candidates for the May 20 primary election:

    Federal and state offices
    • U.S. Senate – Republicans: Matt Bevin of Louisville, James Bradley Copas of Lexington, Mitch McConnell (I) of Louisville, Chris Payne of Salvisa, and Shawna Sterling of Sharpsburg; Democrats: Burrel Charles Farnsley of Louisville, Alison Lundergan Grimes of Lexington, Gregory Brent Leichty of Louisville and Tom Recktenwald of Louisville
    Gurley L. Martin of Owensboro who had filed to run as a Republican has withdrawn his candidacy.

  • Fatal blaze in Mt. Sterling brings Ky.'s death toll from house fires to 13 since Thursday

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    A fatal house fire Sunday in Mount Sterling was at least the third one in Kentucky since Thursday, raising the death toll to 13.
    A man died early Sunday in a house fire on E Street near downtown Mount Sterling, Montgomery County Coroner S. Josh Coffman said.
    Coffman said he did not expect to release the identity of the victim until Monday afternoon, pending review of dental records. He said an autopsy was conducted Sunday afternoon.

  • Bluegrass earns straight Fs in smoking prevention

    By Margarita Cambest
    Kentucky New Era

    A new survey says Kentucky made zero progress in reducing tobacco-related death and illness in the past year.
    The American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control report gave the state straight Fs in all measured aspects of smoking prevention. The report tracks yearly progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens, according to a release.

  • Bills aim to shine light on public pensions

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — Kentucky taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year providing pensions for government employees, including state lawmakers, without knowing who gets what.
    State law shields information about individual pensions from public scrutiny. Although salary data is publicly available for local and state government workers and elected officials, once they retire, their pensions are exempt from the Kentucky Open Records Act.

  • All schools to start at 8:16 a.m.

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser announced last week that all Marion County Public Schools would begin starting their day at 8:16 a.m., this week.
    So far this year, Schlosser said every school in the district has started at different times. In some cases, students were going to class and starting their work, but schools weren’t getting credit for that time. For example, Glasscock Elementary’s official start time has been 8:25 a.m., but students actually went to class at 8:10 a.m.

  • Sew on and sew on

    The Marion County Heritage Center served as a showcase for the Heart of Kentucky Quilt Show on Saturday.
    The show took place Feb. 1, a week after it was originally scheduled, but the visitors didn’t seem to mind the calendar change.
    “It’s like eye candy. I just can’t get enough,” Ann Mattingly said.
    Mattingly is a quilter, and she said coming to the show gives her ideas for future projects. Mattingly came to the show with her mother, Wendy Dye, who is also the person who taught her how to quilt.

  • Not so Hot-lanta

    Erica Ferguson of Lebanon and her boyfriend David Chavez of Brownsville got to see firsthand just how crippling a few inches of snow can be when they drove through Atlanta last week.
    "It was seriously like 'The Walking Dead.' People were just panicking," Ferguson said. "It was awful."
    Chavez agreed.
    "If there were zombies walking around, it would have been exactly like that," he said. "I saw a grown man cry."