Today's News

  • 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.

  • Bills focused on improving state’s schools

    With more than half of state government’s revenue dedicated to education, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many of the bills considered by the General Assembly every year are also centered on the subject.
    That was certainly the case last week in the Kentucky House of Representatives, which sent to the Senate several pieces of legislation designed to improve different facets of our schools.

  • 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."

  • No road tests for new drivers today in Marion County

    The Marion County Circuit Clerk's office has announced there will be no
    road test for drivers' licenses today in Marion County.

    Call 270-692-2681 to set up another appointment.

  • Time is precious in an emergency

    We know that seconds matter especially in an emergency, and for that reason, it’s good that Marion County and Lebanon city officials appear to be on the same page with regard to implementing enhanced 911.
    It’s also unfortunate that it’s taken decades to get to this point.
    Last week, the Enhanced 911 Advisory Committee held a public meeting, which also included city and county officials and emergency personnel.

  • Tonight's high school basketball games have been canceled

    The Marion County High School basketball games at Adair County scheduled for Feb. 3 have been canceled due to the road conditions, according to Marion County Athletics Director Robby Peterson.