Today's News

  • Two Magnolia men charged in 'funeral burglaries'

     Kentucky State Police announced the arrest of three men in connection with two homes recently burglarized while families attended funerals.

    Michael S. Acord, 40, of Magnolia, was arrested Tuesday for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Timothy Terry, 40, of Vine Grove, was charged Tuesday with receiving stolen property over $500 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    James Gregory Parrett, 42, of Magnolia, was charged Thursday with receiving stolen property over $500 and possession of methamphetamine, second offense.

  • COLUMN: Do you know the true cost of freedom?

     Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

    Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

    The 4th of July, Independence Day for the United States of America, is historically a day of celebration. We commemorate our nation's independence from England with fireworks, picnics, and parades. It's a happy time! We love our freedom!

  • World War II planes on display in Bardstown

     Several restored World War II commemorative aircrafts were on display last week at the Bardstown-Nelson County Airport.

    It was part of the American Navion Society National Convention, an annual event where pilots throughout the country gather to showcase their historic planes.

    According to Mike Forsee, secretary/treasurer of Nelson County Navion Society, the 500-600 members of the American Navion Society take WWII aircrafts and commercialize them.

  • Magnolia Bank earns 5-Star rating

    Magnolia Bank has been recognized as a 5-Star Superior bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm.

    A 5-Star rating indicates that Magnolia Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation. To earn the designation, the bank must excel in capital quality, asset quality and profitability.

    Magnolia Bank has earned the 5-Star rating for the last seven consecutive quarters and a recommended rating of 5-Stars or 4-Stars for 91 consecutive quarters.

  • ENGAGEMENT: Aaron L. Gibson and Tammy K. Beams

     Aaron L. Gibson and Tammy K. Beams of Upton announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

    The bride to be is the daughter of William and Sheila Beams of Hodgenville and Jimmie and Della Wood of Hodgenville. She is the granddaughter of Genrose Ward and the late Eura Ward of Magnolia; and the late Victor and Ova Beams of Hudgens.

    She is a 1991 graduate of LaRue County High School. She is employed at 20/20 Eyecare as an optical technician.

  • Notes from Groundhog Hill: The Hunger Games

     Greetings, Vegetation of Groundhog Hill, or should I say, Tributes.

    Welcome to the First Annual Hunger Games for Gardens where you shall be pitted against your fellow flora for moisture in the ultimate challenge for survival. Yes, zinnia versus zinnia. Butternut squash versus zucchini. Only the most hardy of you shall live in this specially designed arena which simulates the planet Mercury, or at the very least, the city of Phoenix.

  • COLUMN: Snakes are usually beneficial

     Many people fear snakes, but despite the fright they can cause, the majority of snakes are beneficial and harmless. Of the 20 or so snake species found locally, only two are venomous, the Northern Copperhead and the Timber Rattlesnake.

    If you are scared of snakes, try to remember that they are useful — they keep the rodent population in check by eating mice, chipmunks, insects and other pests.

  • Students should check KEES accounts for accuracy

     Kentucky high school students and 2012 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy.

    KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may also earn awards for good scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

  • Sonora man joins ECTC coaching staff

     Elizabethtown Community and Technical College President Dr. Thelma White announced last week the college would be fielding club-level teams in men’s and women’s soccer, men's basketball and women's tennis.

    Starting with the fall semester coming up in August, the Barons are back.

    The college last had basketball teams in the 1980s. Dean of Students Dale Buckles remembers how students in those years had something to take school pride in.

    He wants current students to experience that same feeling.

  • ON EDUCATING LARUE: New state tests measure standards

    Soon, results from Kentucky’s schools assessment system will be available.  

    To understand those reports and the assessment system better, here is some information from the Kentucky Department of Education.

    With the passage of Senate Bill 1 in 2009, Kentucky’s public education system underwent many changes including more rigorous academic standards and new state tests to measure those standards.