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  • Fiscal Court approves agreement for Maker’s Mark access road

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for a new access road on Hwy. 52.
    This road will provide a new access point to Maker’s Mark, according to the agreement between the county and the state.
    The agreement reads that the state will reimburse the county up to $675,000 for the .1 mile project, which will allow access to the Maker’s Mark Museum. Also as part of the project, the access to Ky. 52 from Bridgett Court will be closed and a new access will be created to the tie-in road.

  • Habitat for Humanity - Bardstown Blitz

    By Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    Daniel Greenwell was covered in dust and sweat Saturday afternoon when he put down his hammer, picked up a cold drink and surveyed the progress he and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers had made on the two houses they’re building side by side on McGowan Avenue.
    The frames for both had been put up in less than 48 hours.
    “I don’t work this hard for a living,” he said.
    Curtis Greenwell laughed when he heard what his younger brother had said.

  • Sky high

    Dan Avilla started flying remote control planes in 1969. He's been flying RC jets for 15 years.
    And this year was the fourth time he's made the trip from Prescott, Arizona to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport for Jets Over Kentucky.
    "The scenery is beautiful. The local people are so receptive and friendly wherever you go," Avilla said. "And Lewis Patton just runs a smooth event."
    Patton has been organizing Jets Over Kentucky for 10 years. According to Avilla, it’s one of the best shows he and his wife attend.

  • Governor, congressman announce next steps for statewide high-speed broadband project

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced July 11 that two requests for proposals are being issued this month on a public-private partnership project to build critically needed high-speed broadband Internet access to the farthest reaches of the state.
    Increasing broadband access in Eastern Kentucky is a primary focus of the project.

  • Kentucky ends fiscal 2014 with $90 million shortfall

    The Courier-Journal

    Kentuckians are buying more stuff, but they aren’t paying as much in taxes, and that has left the state with a $90 million revenue shortfall.
    The state budget office released the year-end report on general fund receipts Thursday, showing that the amount of tax revenue collected in fiscal year 2014 fell 1 percent short of the official $9.55 billion estimate when it ended June 30.

  • More than 100 new laws take effect in Kentucky

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — More than 100 new laws approved during Kentucky's 2014 General Assembly went into effect Tuesday, July 15, changing how the state deals with everything from acupuncture to voyeurism.

  • District introduces new administrators

    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser introduced three new central office employees at the July 8 Marion County Board of Education meeting.
    Traci Sharpe will serve as the district's director of exceptional child education. Troy Benningfield is the new instructional supervisor and food service director, and Jennifer Osbourne is the new personnel director.
    "You have to surround yourself with great personnel and allow them to do their jobs," Schlosser said.

    Traci Sharpe

  • Opposing views on MCPS leadership

    Two citizens spoke to the Marion County Board of Education at the end of its July 8 meeting, and they expressed contrary views about the district's leadership.
    Amanda Beard concluded her remarks by calling for Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and the school board members to resign, while Barney Tharp defended Schlosser and the school board for recent steps they have taken.
    After each of them spoke, Board Member Butch Cecil thanked them for taking the time to go through the process to get on the agenda.

  • Board approves agreements for 2014-15 school year

    The July 8 meeting of the Marion County Board of Education concluded with more than 30 minutes of public comments from citizens. The hour of the meeting before those comments included a number of procedural matters for the 2014-15 academic year.
    Each of these items were approved 3-0. Board Member Bernard Miles was not present during last week’s meeting.
    The following items were approved last week:
    • The student code of conduct for the 2014-15 school year.
    • Exceptional child education procedures for special education programs.

  • Special city council meetings Friday, Monday

    The Lebanon City Council is holding special-called meetings at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, and 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 14.

    The agenda for Friday's meeting includes the second reading of an ordinance, which would remove 10-minute parking on the 200 block of W. Main Street and replace it with two-hour parking. The first reading of this ordinance was approved at the council's July 7 meeting.