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Today's News

  • Sensations during a squirrel hunt

    Have you ever had the feeling that things, especially bugs, were crawling on you. Especially at night!

    Imagine you’re in bed, feet tucked under the blankets, where it’s dark, the kind of place where spiders like to hang out. All of a sudden you feel “something.”

    And it feels like it’s moving.

    But is it, or isn’t it?

  • Ky's population tops 4.4M for first time

    Kentucky Press News Service

    By adding an average of 38 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Kentucky's population topped 4.4 million for the first time, according to new U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates.
    Kentucky's precise Census tally for 2014 is 4,413,457 making it the 26th most populated state, WKYT in Lexington reports.
    California remained the nation's most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents followed by Texas at 27 million.

  • Deer photo, Dec. 31

    Hallie Downs, 8, killed her first deer on Dec. 28 while hunting with her dad, Justin Gardner.

  • Swearing in…

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly performed what might be his last swearing-in ceremony at the Lebanon City Council meeting Dec. 8. Pictured along with Mattingly, from left, are council members Darin Spalding, Jerry Abell, Jim Richardson, Kate Palagi, Jay Grundy and John Mattingly. Lebanon Mayor Crenshaw was also sworn in during the Dec. 9 meeting.

  • For the underdogs

    By Casey Sowers

    Sports correspondent

    Have you ever heard of the movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story?” It’s about a bunch of “nobodies” that get together to win a dodgeball tournament. We’ve all heard of underdogs, and you probably know that they’re usually not the best. But what about when they win, especially when they beat a top ranked team?

  • Sober to start: MADD wants Kentucky to get tougher on drunk drivers

    Marion County’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter and MADD chapters all over the state of Kentucky are working to advance legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
    Legislation has been introduced in the past, but it’s been unsuccessful. However, Mimi Crum, chairperson of the local MADD Community Action Site and volunteer victim advocate, remains hopeful.
    “I understand that Kentucky has a lot of budgetary issues, but we have to save lives, too,” Crum said.

  • Helping people

    Twelve years ago when Roger “Cotton” Smothers announced he was going to run for magistrate, he was told he didn’t have a chance. In fact, one person went as far as to say he would be an embarrassment to his community.
    “I come from a very poor background,” Smothers said. “I didn't have much as a child growing up.”
    Smothers said he and his family got their water from a spring, and had no bathroom in their house.

  • School district accused of wrongful termination

    Three lawsuits were filed against Marion County Public Schools in 2014, and two are still pending.
    The first lawsuit was filed in June and stemmed from accusations of abuse by a former special education teacher. That lawsuit was settled Nov. 17 when the parents of the affected students reached a confidential agreement with the district.

  • Guest editorial: Beyond smoke-free

    By Courier-Journal

    It looks as though the General Assembly might actually pass a statewide law to make public places smoke-free in Kentucky in 2015.
    The public supports it. And in a state with the nation's highest rate of smoking, that's significant.
    A January 2014 poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky found that 65 percent of the state's adults favor a state law to ban smoking indoors at public places such as government buildings, stores, restaurants and offices.

  • Share your views on current issues

    It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 30-day “short” session.
    I have provided a survey covering important topics the General Assembly may consider during the 2014 Session. Please take the time to review it, answer the questions, and return it to:
    Senator Jimmy Higdon
    242 Capital Annex
    702 Capitol Ave.
    Frankfort, KY 40601