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  • Marion County No. 1 in GED achievement

    A few years ago, if you would have asked John Sparrow, the director of adult education, where Marion County ranked in GED attainment for Kentucky he wouldn’t have been able to tell you.
    “We didn’t have these sort of rankings back in the day,” Sparrow said.
    Once the state started providing the rankings by county, Sparrow said he was pleasantly surprised.
    For the month of June, Marion County ranked No. 1 for GED attainment, No. 2 for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) attainment, and No. 3 overall.

  • Arts camp begins July 11

    The Marion County Arts and Humanities Council’s week-long art camp will kick off on July 11.
    Each year, the council works with the camp educators to devise an interesting program for the students to experience.

  • Fourth of July closings

    Several local offices will be closed for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. The Marion County Clerk Office will be closed Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4, due to the state AVIS system shutdown and in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The Marion County Clerk Office is regularly open six days a week at 8:20 a.m., closing at 4:20 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 11:50 a.m. on Saturdays.
    The Marion County Circuit Court Clerk Office, Marion County PVA Office and the Marion County Judge/Executive’s Office will be closed Monday, July 4.

  • Local students find success in New Orleans

    Marion County was well-represented during the 20th Annual National Junior Beta Club Convention recently.
    Lebanon Middle School's Zachary Brady, the Kentucky State Junior Beta Secretary, was elected the 2016-17 National Junior Beta Secretary.
    Lebanon Middle School students Gabe Nelson, Nick Martin and Abigail Adams placed fourth in the national special talent contest.
    Lebanon Middle School students also qualified in many competitions with many talented entries. Belle Elder qualified in scrapbook and Grant Brown qualified in technology.

  • Sisters return from competing in the Transplant Games of America

    Double lung recipients and sisters Cara Brahm and Lisa Cissell recently returned from competing in the Transplant Games of America in Cleveland, Ohio.
    The Donate Life Transplant Games is a multi-sport festival event produced by the Transplant Games of America for individuals who have undergone life saving transplant surgeries.
    “It was a wonderful experience,” Brahm said. “My sister and I plan to participate again in 2018.”

  • Kentucky Career Center opens at new location

    More than 60 guests from around the community celebrated workforce development and the new location of the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail on Wednesday, June 22. Local and state leaders spoke about how important the career center is to the community.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty was the first to speak at the event and said people don’t always take advantage of the career center’s benefits.

  • Blood donations needed to maintain summer supply

    Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especially around summer holidays when donors are less available to give. The need for blood doesn’t decrease though – every two seconds, someone in the U.S. requires blood or platelets. In fact, a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showed that nearly half knew someone who needed blood or they needed blood themselves.

  • Marion County Fair underway

    The 2016 Marion County Fair is in full swing, and there are many events throughout the week and weekend.
    Harness racing continues tonight at 6 p.m. After harness racing on Wednesday, there will be a Big Momma’s Comedy Show in front of the grandstand.
    The Bear Hollow Wood Carvers will be doing another show tonight at 6 p.m.
    Marion County’s Got Talent, a showcase of some of the very talented people from this community, will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, July 1. At 7 p.m., there will be an auction of the Bear Hollow Wood carvings.

  • City settles after police pepper spray incident

    A civil lawsuit filed last year against the City of Lebanon, the Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady and Lebanon Police Officers for an incident involving pepper spray at the 2014 Marion County Country Ham Days Festival has been settled.
    The lawsuit was filed on Sept. 15, 2015 in the Marion Circuit Clerk’s Office.

  • Students enjoy fitness and fun at summer camp