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  • Kentuckians moving away from landline phones

    Phones have come a long way in 139 years. And with the growing desire for more convenient and cost-efficient devices, landline phones could soon be joining pagers and rotary phones in the communication graveyard.
    Statistics show that the number of households still possessing a landline is decreasing rapidly, thanks to a plethora of cellular and broadband phone services.

  • Rain hampering Kentucky farmers

    Wet conditions continue to delay spring planting across Kentucky, pushing most farmers two to three weeks behind in planting corn.
    “Statewide, as a whole, we’re still too wet,” said Chad Lee, extension agronomist with the University of Kentucky.
    Western Kentucky is traditionally ahead of the rest of the state in planting corn, Lee said, due to a number of factors including climate.
    According to data from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, almost 30 percent of the corn acreage in Kentucky is normally planted by April 19.

  • Local road projects

    Pothole patching, sweeping, drain & ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night.
    Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and highways throughout the rest of the district on a daily basis.

  • Biker hurt in Saturday accident

    A Louisville woman was seriously injured in a motorcyle accident Saturday afternoon in southern Spencer County.
    The victim, who has not been identified pending the Sheriff’s Department investigation, was operating a motorcycle when she collided with a vehicle driven by a motorist from Lebanon. The driver of the car was not injured, but the motorcyclist suffered severe injuries to her leg and was flown from the scene.
    Deputy Sam Madison said the victim has been in surgery and he will interview her regarding the accident when she is physically able.

  • Monday is last day for voter registration

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 19 Primary Election is Monday, April 20.
    County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 20.
    Grimes also reminds Kentuckians of several important voting laws:
    To be eligible to vote, you must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen,

  • Workforce needs revealed

    courtesy of KY Press News Service

  • Commonwealth Honors


    Juniors Meghan Beard and Halee Hood were recently accepted into the Commonwealth Honors Academy at Murray State University. The Commonwealth Honors Academy (CHA) is an exciting, challenging three-week academic, social and personal growth program for outstanding high school students who have completed their junior year. Students applying for CHA are expected to have a 3.5 GPA and a composite ACT score of 25.

  • More than half not ready for kindergarten


    by MEGAN T. BLANEY/Magnet Freelancer

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  • Explaining state’s new gasoline tax structure

    On the last night of the 2015 General Assembly, changes were made to the gas tax in the state of Kentucky. The tax rate is tied to the wholesale price of gasoline. With recent drops in gasoline prices, the tax rate has also dropped. On January 1 of this year, the tax rate dropped 4.3 cents to 27.6 cents per gallon. This rate is adjusted quarterly and the rate was scheduled to drop an additional 5.1 cents on April 1. One penny in the gas tax equates to approximately $30 million of revenue to the road fund. Of this, 48% comes back to counties and cities to maintain local roads.