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Mitch McConnell: Families face daunting challenges, but CARES Act helping save Kentucky jobs

Like in other states, Kentucky’s Governor ordered childcare providers to close their doors in response to the coronavirus. Unfortunately, that left essential personnel including healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers and grocery store workers with few options for their kids. Jennifer Washburn, who runs the iKids Childhood Enrichment Center in Marshall County, stepped in to help. She received...

Kentucky House to consider bill that would add mental health services in all Kentucky schools

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The Kentucky House will now consider a bill that passed unanimously in the Senate. Senate Bill 1 focuses on addressing the gap in mental health resources for students. Sponsored by Sen. Max Wise of Campbellsville, the bill calls for providing mental health professionals in every school, one for every 1,500 students. Young people struggling with mental health issues...

Bridget Powell: As a teacher, it’s my responsibility to help students to good mental health and resiliency

Every school year, I take my 5th-graders to the county jail and judicial facility as a culminating part of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. This is usually a somewhat emotional experience for my students. Most have never been in a jail. Walking through the jail doors as we are “locked in,” anxiety kicks in and this experience gets real for my students and me. Leading my students...

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...

Kentucky Health News: Celebrity suicides raise concerns; Kentucky rate higher than most states

“The suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain just days apart . . . have mental health professionals worried about the potential for what’s known as a ‘contagion’ effect, but at the same time they say media coverage may lead people to seek help,” Marek Mazurek and Laney Ruckstuhl report for The Boston Globe. Click to enlarge “Anytime there’s...

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...

Tragedy in KY: 2 killed, 17 injured in high school shooting; students were trained on how to react

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Two teens were killed and 17 others injured when a 15-year-old boy went on a shooting rampage in a western Kentucky high school on Tuesday, authorities said. The shooter, who attends the high school, was arrested by a Marshall County sheriff’s deputy and is in custody. Witnesses saw him being led away in handcuffs from Marshall County High School. Kentucky State Police...

Old Time Kentucky: At the beginning of the Space Age, Aurora’s honorary mayor was ‘out of this world’

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist Aurora had an honorary mayor who was out of this world. “Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter was officially appointed mayor of Aurora, Ky., Thursday, shortly after he entered orbit,” the United Press International reported on May 25, 1962. Aurora is a small resort community on Kentucky Lake in Marshall County. “The job is vacant,” the Associated Press quoted...

Champion Home Builders bringing 150 jobs, $6.3 million investment to Marshall County

Champion Home Builders Inc., a recognized name in modular, mobile and manufactured housing, will invest $6.3 million in a production facility in Benton and create up to 150 jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. “We are pleased to welcome Champion Home Builders to the Commonwealth and are excited about the opportunity to create 150 jobs for hard-working Kentuckians in Benton,” Bevin said. “This...

From Marshall County to Mayo Clinic: UK medical student’s journey is dream come true

UK medical student Clayton Spiceland and his wife, Lauren, will be moving to Rochester, Minn., next month, where Clayton will begin a three-year residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic.   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   As the first person in his family to attend college, 26-year-old University of Kentucky medical student Clayton Spiceland has set the bar pretty high.   Spiceland...

Lafayette junior takes first place in statewide Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth contest

Coleman Stivers (Photo from FCPS) Lafayette High junior Coleman Stivers was awarded top honors in the 2012 Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth contest, sponsored in part by AT&T. He and the winner on the girls’ side, Megan Harper of Marshall County, were recognized at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting Dec. 6 in Louisville.   Megan and Coleman, who also attends Locust Trace AgriScience Farm,...