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Today's News

  • Lawmakers consider industrial hemp

    Two bills in state legislation for the legalization of industrial hemp could offer a transition crop for farmers in Nelson County.  Central Kentucky was the largest producer of hemp during World War II for rope production, but state officials say it isn’t legislation but law enforcement that will decide hemp’s future in the state or Nelson County.

     Hemp has been looked at as alternative energy source in the past, according to Nelson County Extension Agent, Ron Bowman.

  • GUEST COLUMN: God was in the midst of the storm

    Feb. 29 was a terrifying day for my community. Three confirmed tornadoes touched down within 15 miles of my home.

  • Tourism ads receive national award

     Kentucky’s new tourism TV advertising campaign, “There’s Only One,” has received national recognition in the 2012 Telly Awards.

    New West LLC was notified Friday that it won a silver award, the highest honor, for the campaign. The award was given in the Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable category within the subcategory of Campaign – Promotional/Branding.

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site is part of the campaign: “Only one birthplace of Lincoln.:

  • National Guard assisting law enforcement at KC Estates

    Local officials, with the assistance of the National Guard, are cracking down on sightseers in the areas that were hit in Wednesday’s storms.

    Wednesday afternoon and evening, several attempts were made to enter the damaged homes in KC Estates by unauthorized people. Hodgenville City Police intervened. However, despite televised reports to the contrary, no arrests were made.

  • COLUMN: March is Diabetes Alert Month

     The American Dietetic Association, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, officially changed its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on Jan. 1. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in existence since 1917 as the American Dietetic Association, after working to feed the troops healthfully during World War I, continues its nearly 100 year mission of commitment to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

  • Pamida and Shopko complete merger

    The merger between two of the nation’s leading Midwest-based general merchandise retail chains, Shopko and Pamida, is now complete, creating one of the largest U.S. retailers focused on serving smaller, rural communities.

    With nearly $3 billion in annual revenues, the combined entity, which is retaining the Shopko name, features nearly 350 locations in 22 states with more than 20,000 employees.

    Financial details of the merger were not disclosed. 

  • United Way surpasses goal

    United Way of Central Kentucky beat all previous records by raising $1,031,200 through its annual campaign, according to campaign chair Marilyn Ford. Donations continued to roll in until the last day of the fundraising drive on Feb. 29.

    "Our goal was very lofty, significantly higher than what we raised last year,” said Ford. “Because of the generosity of citizens from our five county area, we have surpassed that goal. I couldn't be more pleased."

  • BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: Tips on storm damage repair

    If you are on the hunt for a reputable contractor after severe weather rolled through the area yesterday, be aware of those who may try to take advantage of your situation: The home repair rip-off artist who may overcharge, perform shoddy work, or skip town without finishing your job.

    BBB urges homeowners to use extreme caution when dealing with “door-to-door” or “out of state” solicitors who offer “quality work at great prices.” The BBB offers the following tips for consumers who may be facing major repairs after a disaster hits home:

  • KSP scholarship offered

    The Kentucky State Police is accepting applications from Kentucky high school seniors who are interested in qualifying for $1,000 scholarships that can be used for education expenses beginning in the fall of 2012. To be considered, students must complete and submit all application materials, which are available on the KSP website at www.kentuckytstatepolice.org, by April 1.

  • PHOTO: Leadership LaRue visits Frankfort

     Members of the Leadership LaRue County class visited Frankfort in February. From left, Jessica Davis, Jeremy Hinton, Faith Miller, JoAnna Hinton, Allison Shepherd, Adam Gordon, Beth Turner, Diana Leathers, Nedra Jurcak, Clint Williams and Patti Donahue. The class is sponsored by the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce.