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Today's News

  • Kynect enrollment steady heading into final two weeks

    As the countdown to the close of open enrollment enters its final two weeks, nearly 137,500 Kentuckians have newly enrolled for health care coverage or renewed their current plans through kynect since open enrollment began on Nov. 15, 2014.
    This enrollment total includes individuals who have either newly enrolled in a private health insurance plan, qualified for Medicaid coverage or renewed the private insurance plans they purchased through kynect last year.
     
    Special outreach to students

  • Politics, breakfast and a full belly

    On Saturday morning, the Marion County Farm Bureau hosted its annual legislative breakfast. This has become a tradition on the last Saturday in January, and it’s one that more people should attend.
    Here’s a few thoughts after eating one (or two) too many doughnuts.
    • Obviously, this is an opportunity for local Farm Bureau members to share their concerns with our state legislators, and for the legislators to share their thoughts on the General Assembly.

  • School district denies unlawful termination accusations

    The Marion County Board of Education has filed an answer to a lawsuit accusing school officials of wrongfully terminating two employees.
    Ramona McKinney and Kimberly Medley, both of Lebanon, were employed as special education instructional aides until they were fired on April 30 and Feb. 5, 2014, respectively, according to the complaint they filed Dec. 19 in Marion Circuit Court.

  • Entertainment is around the corner

    By G.B. Dixon

    Arts columnist

  • AARP taxpayer assistance starts Feb. 4

    The Marion County Extension Office will host the AARP Tax Aide program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday from Feb. 4 through April 8. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for sign-ins.
    IRS trained and certified volunteers will be on hand to assist taxpayers in preparing their tax returns to answer tax-related questions.

  • Election 2015: Candidates set for primary

    Two sitting state officials will be vying to represent their respective parties in this year's gubernatorial election.
    Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer has filed to run in the Republican primary, while Attorney General Jack Conway is running for the Democratic nomination.
    Comer's running mate is State Sen. Chris McDaniel of Taylor Mill. Conway is running with State. Rep. Sannie Overly of Louisville.
    While Comer and Conway may be the well known candidates in the field, both are facing opposition in the primary.

  • Legislators returning to session after break

    After a three-week adjournment, the 2015 General Assembly convenes this week on Feb. 3 and will go through March 24 if all goes as planned. During the adjournment, I have had a great time visiting many of our schools and teaching about our legislative process and government. Last week, I joined the other members of the Kentucky Public Pension Oversight Board and heard reports from the Kentucky Retirement System and Kentucky Teacher Retirement System representatives on investment performance.

  • 2-4-15 Birth Announcements

     

    Wright
    Dooley and Sara Beth Wright of Springfield announce the birth of a 7-pound, 2-ounce son, Jake Dooley Wright, born Oct.. 29, 2014 at Spring View Hospital, Lebanon.
    Maternal grandparents are Mark and Debby Mattingly of Lebanon. Paternal grandparents are Tom Dooley and Marie Wright of Lebanon. Great-grandparents are Fred and Faye Browning, Joe and Pat Mealey, and Ralph and Margaret Wright.

  • Craigs will celebrate 60 years of marriage
  • Orberson joins Kim's Hair Lines