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  • Coping without electricity

    Editor's note: The following is a news release from the Kentucky Department for Public Health.   The hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians left without electricity from the winter ice storm are strongly encouraged to follow the safety guidelines below from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to prevent injury, illness or death.   Food Safety -  Refrigerated foods should be safe as long as power is out for no more than four hours. - If an appliance thermometer was kept in the freezer, rea

  • FEMA coordinating assistance to areas affected by ice storm

    The following is a press release from FEMA:   WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is helping to assist states affected by this week's major winter storm.    Commonwealth of Kentucky An Emergency Declaration from President Barack Obama cleared the way for federal aid for 61 designated counties.      FEMA began moving food, water and industrial-size emergency generators into the commonwealth Thursday morning.

  • “This isn’t going to be over quickly”

      Editor's note: WLBN, 1590 AM, is back on the air.   Gov. Steve Beshear made a stop in Lebanon Sunday evening and told the crowd gathered at Centre Square something many of them were already painfully aware of… “This isn’t going to be over quickly.”

    The ice storm that hit Kentucky last week is the biggest natural disaster the state has experienced in recent history, and caused the largest power outage in Kentucky’s history, he said.

  • More than 400 Marion Countians still without power as of Monday

    Approximately 425 Inter County Energy customers in Marion County are still without power nearly three weeks after the ice storm hit and caused devastating power outages across the entire state.

  • Mother Nature's icy wrath causes power and water outages

    The ice came. It stayed. It conquered.

    Marion County got hit hard by the winter storm that arrived late Monday, Jan. 26, and early Tuesday, Jan. 27.

    Ice blanketed the county and seemingly everything in it. Flowers, streetlights, trees, power lines and yard ornaments appeared to be encased for several days.

    Emergency personnel ran themselves ragged trying to keep up with the seemingly endless calls.

  • 'People helping people'

    "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people ...."  - Galatians 6:9-10

    Bruce Catoe had a warning for Richard Miller, who was busy loading logs onto a wheelbarrow on Montgomery Court Sunday evening.

    "The man who loads the wheelbarrow gets to push it," Catoe said.

  • Governor announces state assistance for removal of storm debris

    Tuesday, Feb., 10, Gov. Steve Beshear announced a plan for collecting and removing vegetative debris - tree trunks, limbs and brush - to speed Kentucky's recovery from a disastrous snow and ice storm.

    "Loss of electric power and communications is not the only hardship our fellow Kentuckians have had to cope with in storm areas," Gov. Beshear said. "Now we face the long, hard work of cleaning up the damage."

  • Marion County can take storm debris to Fairgrounds Road

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly has issue the following statement regarding storm debris: 

  • There's no place like home

    Stacking cases of bottled water into the back of a pickup truck Friday afternoon at Marion County High School, Geraldine Livers of Raywick summed up the past week in one simple, yet profound, sentence.

    "Mother Nature knocked us to our knees this time," she said.

  • Government Round-up

    Local governments will seek assistance

    Local governments intend to apply for federal assistance to clean-up after the 2009 ice storm, according to Marion County Judge-Executive John G. Mattingly.

    The Federal Emergency Management Administration could provide payments of up to 75 percent of the costs of removing debris from public areas and emergency measures to save lives, according to the FEMA website. Likewise, FEMA may pay up to 75 percent for hazard mitigation projects intended to prevent or reduce long-term risks to life and property.