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Today's News

  • Celebrating all things handmade

    The third annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival took place Saturday at the distillery in Loretto. The festival celebrates all things handmade, and 27 vendors from across the country were on hand to share their handcrafted items with the public. The festival was free, and also included handcrafted food and cocktails, music and a self-guided tour of the distillery. The distillery was expecting 5,000 people to attend the festival, which is held annually on the second Saturday in April.
     

  • Lebanon man gets five years for attempted rape, sodomy

    Christopher Reardon, 24, of 25 Parish Avenue in Lebanon was sentenced to five years in prison in Marion Circuit Court recently for second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, three counts of attempted third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree attempted sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse. Reardon also was ordered to register as a sex offender for 20 years.

  • Four polling places will be moving

    Voters in the Calvary, Firehouse, Glasscock and St. Charles precincts will be going somewhere new to cast their ballots in the Primary Election on May 19.
    "We're trying to keep them as close as possible to where they are now," Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly said.
    Three of those precincts have been moved from inside schools to other locations. Marion County Public Schools officials have been discussing moving those polling places with the county clerk because the change will allow the school district to use election day as a make-up day.

  • “She cared about her employees”

    Marlene Ann Smith never lived in Lebanon, but she left an impact on the community when she decided to open a factory here 29 years ago.
    Smith became the president of Plastic Products when her husband, Willard, died in 1975. The company was struggling at the time, but under her leadership, it opened six factories, purchased Schilling Plastics and reopened Smith Metal Products. When she retired in 2013, the company was valued at $150 million.
    Smith died on April 5. She was 79 years old.

  • Election: Five Democrats trying to replace outgoing treasurer

    Kentucky Democrats will have plenty of options when they go to the polls May 19 to select their nominees.
    Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is in the final year of his second term in office, so he is ineligible for re-election.
    Neville Blakemore of Louisville, Jim Glenn of Owensboro, Daniel B. Grossberg of Louisville, Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling and Rick Nelson of Middlesboro are seeking to succeed Hollenbach.

  • Platinum performance

    A Marion County High School student can claim to be a part of the 1 percent, at least academically.
    Senior Ben Roberts achieved a "platinum" score on the ACT WorkKeys test. He is one of 11 students to attain that level out of more than 10,000 Kentucky students who took the exam, according to Marion County Area Technology Center Principal Brandon Bardin.
    That also placed Roberts among the top 1 percent of test-takers nationally, Bardin said.

  • ‘All Shook Up’ on stage in Springfield this weekend

    By G.B. Dixon

    It will not be religious fervor that makes folks shake, rattle and roll this weekend in Springfield, just a love for the sights and sounds of the 1950s and a ticket to the musical "All Shook Up," presented by the Central Kentucky Community Theatre Youth Actors.

  • State will keep its promise to teachers

    As things have seemingly calmed down after the end of the 2015 Legislative Session in Frankfort, I would like to once again address the KTRS issue by reassuring all teachers that we are committed to finding a solution.

  • Kentucky to take on a bigger leading role in TV and movies

    Kentucky may be a couple of thousand miles away from Hollywood, but that hasn’t diminished our connections to the entertainment industry. Some of today’s most famous actors, for example – George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence and Johnny Depp – were born here, while Tom Cruise spent part of his youth in Louisville.

  • Kentucky businesses setting export records

    By Kim Huston

    When the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) office in Louisville - the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration - first approached Bardstown manufacturer Armag Corporation in 2009 about selling overseas, the company was busy running a well-known domestic business in a niche market. With products that can be up to 2,000 square feet in size and take a few months to build, exporting was not part of their business strategy.