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Today's News

  • Hemp growers, processors must apply by end of year to participate

    By Judah Taylor
    The News-Enterprise

    Farmers and processors wanting to participate in the 2015 hemp pilot projects must apply by the year’s end, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced.
    The projects allow farmers to grow hemp, but not for commercial uses, according to Hardin County Extension Agent Matt Adams who described the hemp industry as being more “experimental than commercial” right now.

  • Heroin bill needed in 2015

    By Brad Bowman
    Frankfort State Journal

    According to drug treatment admission statistics from the state, heroin remains the most frequent drug treatment admission in northern states like New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey and then progresses south through the U.S. to Pennsylvania before it jumps west to Illinois.
    Connecting the chain between those states, West Virginia and Kentucky’s largest number of drug treatment cases involve opiate abuse, which has continued with the rising popularity of heroin in our state.

  • AG warn of seasonal scams, identity theft

    Kentucky Press News Service

    With the holiday shopping season underway, Attorney General Jack Conway is urging Kentucky consumers to be vigilant of seasonal scams and identity theft. Millions of consumers turn to their smart phones, tablets and computers for their holiday shopping needs, which has cybercriminals and hackers working overtime to exploit unsuspecting shoppers for their credit card and financial information.

  • Moving on

    John G. Mattingly will be retiring for the second time at the end of December.
    After a 27-year career as a teacher, Mattingly, 61, is in his final month of his second and final term as the Marion County judge/executive, although he said doing the work of the county takes a group effort.
    “That’s really part of the job, to build rapport in the community with all those folks that can be a part of the community’s growth and success,” he said.

  • Board sets new meeting time, date

    In January, the Marion County Board of Education will start meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursdays.
    During their Nov. 25 meeting at Loretto City Hall, school board members voted to change their regular meetings to the 4 p.m. on Thursdays. The board’s regular meetings have been at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout 2014.
    Board member Jerry Evans cast the only opposing vote to the change. He expressed concerns that the proposed meeting time would not be convenient for parents who may want to attend a meeting.

  • Parents’ lawsuit against school district dismissed

    A civil lawsuit accusing a Marion County Public Schools staff member of abusing special education students and accusing local education officials of ignoring those accusations has been dismissed.
    According to the agreed order of dismissal filed Nov. 17 in Marion Circuit Court, the complaint has been resolved, although the terms of the settlement are not being released.

  • Education heading in the right direction in Kentucky

    As students near the end of the semester, they are invariably starting to think about the grades that will determine whether their Christmas break is actually a joyous one.
    For Kentucky’s educational system, our “report cards,” so to speak, have already arrived. They came earlier this fall from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a non-profit organization that has been a driving force behind education reform since the 1980s, and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

  • Library offers a way to remember you past

    By Jama Watts
    Guest columnist

    One of the collections myself and our patrons love perusing in the genealogy room at the Marion County Public Library is our selection of local yearbooks. We have an array of schools available, from St. Augustine, Lebanon Junior High, Lebanon High and Marion County High School. 
    Want to see this genealogist with some ginormous hair? How about some styles from the 1970s? Can’t remember that person’s name you ran into on the street? We can help!

  • Here's hoping we can all get along

    By the Frankfort State Journal

    Here’s our opinion on this day: People need to make an effort to get along at least for the month of December.
    After that, could be they’ll discover it feels pretty good, that it’s better to say nice things rather than mean things, think good thoughts instead of bad, give and not worry about getting … and it just might be something that would work in the new year, too.

  • Get to root of conflicts with police to stop riots

    Kentucky New Era