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Today's News

  • Jones selected for 2015-16 LEAD class

    Derek Jones, a farmer in Marion County, has been selected to participate in the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Leadership Enhancement for Agricultural Development (LEAD) program. Jones joins 15 other Kentuckians for LEAD’s two-year, intensive learning experience – a program that KFB created to prepare future agricultural leaders for tomorrow’s challenges. The 2015-16 LEAD class was announced on December 5 during KFB’s annual meeting in Louisville.

  • Farm bureau receives 2014 Women’s Gold Star Award of Excellence
  • Loretto man helps efforts to fight Ebola

    Air Force Guard Master Sgt. Travis Greenwell recently returned fromo an overseas  deployment with the 123rd Contingency Response Group at a forward operating base in Senegal in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight Ebola.
    Greenwell is the son of Jody and Margie Greenwell of Loretto.
    He is a 1991 graduate of Marion County High School. He earned an associate degree in 2004 from St. Catharine College.

  • Maker's Mark sued over 'handmade' claim on label of its bourbon

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Maker's Mark has been accused of lying about hand-crafting its premium bourbon by two California residents.
    The Kentucky bourbon maker is the latest high-profile spirit to face legal claims over labeling.
    A potential class-action lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego, alleges that Maker's Mark's advertising and business practices are false and misleading under California law. The plaintiffs are seeking damages of more than $5 million.

  • Miles to go

    Bobby Miles presided over his final meeting of the Loretto City Commission on Dec. 9, but his legacy after more than 20 years as a city official won't be forgotten any time soon.
    Miles retired from General Electric in 1990, but he wasn't the type to just sit around the house.
    "I've always been active and I wanted to keep going. Even though I was retired, I still wanted something to do," said Miles, 79. "That's why I become involved in the city."

  • Big move

    Slowly but surely, Billy Osbourne's five-year plan has come to fruition.
    When Osbourne became the president of Marion County Association for the Handicapped, he had a goal of building two new group homes and finding a location with more space to house Marion County Industries, which provides work opportunities for individuals with mental disabilities.
    A third group home is under construction, and Marion County Industries has moved into its new home — the old Ken-Mar building.
    "We had an awful lot of help," Osbourne said.

  • Preschool proposal is on the table

    Marion County Public Schools officials hope to implement a countywide preschool program, and last week, the Marion County Board of Education heard the proposed first steps in that direction.
    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser presented the recommendations of the district's preschool committee to the school board during its Dec. 9 meeting at the Marion County Area Technology Center.
    The proposal calls for a four-day per week program that would allow parents of students who don't meet need-based criteria to pay $15 per day for their children to attend preschool.

  • Gifts that may or may not be worth giving

    It's time for my annual attempt at a last-minute gift guide. Thankfully, for the people on my admittedly short list, I've already got everything.
    Well, except for one thing.
    OK, more than one thing.
    So, maybe I don't have all of my gifts yet — but this isn't about me. It's about helping those of you still scrambling for ideas.
    Here are my suggestions for this year:

  • Give a gift made in Kentucky

    With only about a week until Christmas, the opportunities to buy gifts is nearing a critical point for those who haven’t completed their shopping.
    If you’re among those still searching for ideas, one possible solution is to buy something produced locally. Governor Beshear, in fact, has proclaimed December to be “Give a Gift Made in Kentucky Month,” which is highlighting the artists and businesses across the commonwealth that offer something rare if not unique.

  • Santa is real

    Do you believe in magic?
    I’ve always been a skeptic, but recently I’ve had the pleasure of spending several hours watching Santa Claus delight children at Dickens Christmas and meet and greet children on Main Street in Lebanon.
    What I witnessed was truly magical.