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  • Haz-mat class set for Aug. 17

    The Kentucky Emergency Management has scheduled a hazardous materials/emergency response guidebook class beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 17 at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.
    The class will provide awareness-level training for first responders, who may be likely to witness or discover a hazardous materials release. The class will focus on detecting hazardous situations and making appropriate calls to secure the scene and prevent contamination.

  • Thanks to lower spending, small revenue growth, state closes fiscal year with $70M surplus

    Thanks to slowed spending by cash-strapped state agencies, as well as a small bump in General Fund revenues, state Budget Director Jane Driskell announced Friday that Kentucky state government closed the 2012-13 fiscal year with a General Fund surplus of $70.6 million.
    Driskell warned, however, in a state news release that the fiscal year that just began July 1 extends the budget cuts that were in place last year, and that state agencies would continue to be challenged to deliver services with fewer dollars despite rising costs.

  • Kentucky food prices fall, led by vanilla ice cream

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Food prices in Kentucky in all six food groups fell in the second quarter, according to the Kentucky Farm Bureau Marketbasket Survey.
    It was the first across-the-board decline in more than five years, according to Farm Bureau. The average of $112.70 for 40 basic grocery items was the lowest total since 2010.
    Prices fell $3.57, or 3.1 percent, from the same list in the first quarter of the year, and they were down 0.3 percent from the second quarter of 2012.

  • Mosquitoes invading Kentucky in a big way this year because of rainy weather

    By Jim Warren and Cheryl Truman
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    If you've done any yard work in the early morning or late afternoon recently, you've probably noticed a familiar, nerve-jangling humming around your ears.
    Let the swatting and slapping begin.
    Mosquitoes are back, and in a big way.
    All the rain earlier this summer created countless places in Kentucky for mosquitoes to breed. And the current hot, humid weather is perfect for helping mosquito eggs turn into biting adults in as little as five days.

  • Nelson County woman charged with attempted murder

    By Kristie Hamon
    Landmark News Service

    A Cox’s Creek woman was arrested early Wednesday morning, July 17, for attempted murder.
    Mary Masden, 50, allegedly stabbed Jerry Mudd in the back of his head around 3:30 a.m. leaving a 1.5-inch stab wound, officers reported. She also stabbed him in the back of his right shoulder.

  • Beshear announces creation of Office of Entrepreneurship

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – To streamline and bolster business development in Kentucky, the Cabinet for Economic Development has created the Office of Entrepreneurship within the Cabinet’s Department for Business Development. The office will enhance existing efforts to help businesses at every step of the growth cycle.

  • Arson investigator contacted about Loretto fire

    The Loretto Fire Department responded to a trailer fire at 605 Reuben Smith Road in Loretto at 10:20 p.m. Monday evening.
    No injuries were reported, but the Kentucky State Police arson investigator has been contacted. Loretto Fire Chief Tommy Hamilton said Tuesday morning that he was waiting to hear back from the arson investigator.
    Firefighters from Loretto and New Hope responded, and they remained on the scene until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

    No one had lived in the trailer for about a month, according to Hamilton.

  • Water company purchases $444,000 generator

    After discussing it for years, the Lebanon Water Company has purchased a generator capable of running its water treatment plant in Calvary.
    The generator is not like anything available at a local hardware store. The Cummins 500kw generator has an 850-gallon tank, and it cost $444,000, according to John L. Thomas, the water company superintendent.
    “This is a big boy,” he said.
    It’s also been installed on an elevated platform.
    “We built it purposely to be one foot higher than the May 2010 flood,” Thomas said.

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  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

    Items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - A contract for services with Lincoln Trail/Marion County Health Department

    - Policy handbook revisions for the Marion County Detention Center

    - Appointment of Michael Butcher to the Marion/Washington County Airport Board

    - Proposal from Trinity video/communications for fiscal court room technology upgrade

    - Department reports