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Marshall County High School awarded more than $400,000 to support survivors’ education and healing

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet announced a $408,599 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) grant to assist survivors of the 2018 mass shooting at Marshall County High School. The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime, a division of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), provided the award. The funding will expand academic accommodations...

Officials approve more than $192,000 in grants approved for victims services in Marshall County

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet have approved more than $192,000 in grants to provide victim services in Marshall County, where students and families are recovering from January’s tragic school shooting. The funds – available through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) – are part of two separate grants approved this week by Gov. Bevin. “The senseless...

Legislative leaders name members of a bi-partisan School Safety Working Group

Legislative leaders have named the 10 members of a bi-partisan panel on school safety. The School Safety Working Group was decided upon by House and Senate leadership, in the wake of the shooting at Marshall County High School earlier this year, in which two students were killed and 18 others injured, 14 by bullets and four others while trying to flee. 
Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester...

Rural Blog: Students in rural communities facing backlash when speaking out in favor of gun control

Recent school shootings have inspired a wave of gun-control activism, some of it from students, and a few of those students from rural areas. “In a more liberal city like Parkland, Fla., or at a rally in Washington, these students might have been celebrated as young leaders,” Jack Healy reports for The New York Times. “But in rural, conservative parts of the country where farm fields...

Marshall County High School takes top spot in 2018 KHSAA Bass Fishing Tournament at Kentucky Lake

The Marshall County High School team of Tristan Barrett and Evan Bremmerkamp brought a two-day cumulative total of eight bass weighing 27 pounds, 11 ounces to the scale this weekend, beating out 67 other teams to win the 2018 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. The win earned the team medals, a trophy to display in their school and the...

Jeanine Grant Lister: It’s time to pay attention, ask young people what they think of gun violence

In light of the tragic shootings at Marshall County High School in Benton, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it seems that everyone is tut-tutting and wagging their heads over the tragedies. The WHY of these incidents has gotten me to thinking about how to create change. We need to find out why kids…and adults, too…think that a gun is any solution to a problem....

John Schickel: Activity picking up in Frankfort, long hours spent trying to resolve issues with pension bill

Last week was the busiest yet in Frankfort with a number of bills moving through committees and on to the Senate and House floors for votes. The halls are starting to get crowded as we are visited by lots of statewide advocacy groups that championed their great causes and rallied in the Capitol Rotunda. Some of the groups visiting me this week were officials from our school system, Boone County fire...

Prosecutors will seek to have Marshall County High School shooter stand trial as an adult

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Tight-lipped authorities are releasing few details about the Marshall County High School shooting that killed two 15-year-old students, but local media reports are providing an inside look at Tuesday’s carnage. WKRN-TV in Nashville had a chilling interview with one of the students in the commons area at Marshall County High School at the time of the shooting. Prosecutors...

Murray State University receives $210,000 gift to provide business scholarships

The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business recently received a generous gift from the estate of the late Gary R. McLemore, a member of the 1983 and 1988 Murray State graduating classes. McLemore gave instructions to his mother, Mary Ann McLemore of Calvert City, Ky., that upon his death, $210,000 was to be given to Murray State University to establish a scholarship endowment (The Gary McLemore Business...