Local News

  • Kids rehearse for new play

    Over fall break, some kids go on vacation with their families. Others, however, might find it more fun to be involved in theater. Last week, Kentucky Classic Arts at Centre Square hosted a camp for young students aged 4-9 to learn and perform the production of Aesop’s Fables. The camp was put on and directed by newly hired Director of Education and Membership of Kentucky Classic Arts Emily Morrow.

  • How the nickel money would be spent

    If voters approve the recallable nickel in November, Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser is fully prepared to make her recommendations to the board of education on how that money should be spent.
    With the additional funds from the recallable nickel, plus matching state funds, the district would have approximately $30 million that could only be used to build or renovate facilities. Schlosser said the first priority would be building a new Calvary Elementary School.

  • MCPS makes academic history

    Marion County Public Schools is a distinguished and progressing school district, according to the latest K-PREP test scores, which were released on Sept. 29 by the Kentucky Department of Education.
    And, for the first time ever, all four elementary schools reached their goals and are classified as proficient or higher.
    “That’s never happened in the history of Marion County Public Schools,” Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said. “We made history.”

  • Committee seeks to preserve Ray House

    The Ray House sits on Main Street just feet from Lebanon Elementary School. There is no running water. Power was cut off from the building years ago. It hasn’t been used for anything more than a place to store old school supplies for at least six years.

  • Jim Gray takes on Rand Paul for senate seat

    It’s election season so that means candidates are scrambling to be heard by any means possible. One of the hotly contested races this year is the United States Senate seat currently held by Senator Rand Paul.
    Paul’s opposition is Jim Gray.
    Gray is the current Mayor of Lexington and has been in office since 2011. He was raised in Glasgow, Kentucky and is proud of the fact that he is a seventh-generation Kentuckian.

  • Board continues to fund district’s six big dreams in 2016-17 budget

    Overestimating expenditures and underestimating revenues is the overall theme of the Marion County Public School System’s 2016-17 working budget, which school board members approved during a special-called meeting Thursday morning.
    Bill Boyd, a Kentucky Department of Education consultant and retired finance officer from Pulaski County, presented the budget to the board. He’s currently assisting the school district while MCPS Finance Officer Lisa Caldwell is out on medical leave.

  • Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue Oct. 14–15

    On Oct. 14-15, the Forkland Community Center will hold its annual festival. The Forkland Festival is famous for handmade crafts of all kinds, including long-time favorites such as wood carvings, lye soap and pop-guns. This year, there will be some new crafts, including broom making, painted gourds and two furniture makers.

  • Absentee voting is available at clerk’s office

    The Marion County Clerk Office will have absentee voting available during the regular office hours of Monday through Friday 8:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
    Those voters that would be eligible for in house absentee voting include:
    • Voters who will be out of the county on Election Day.
    • Voters who are military, their dependents, or an overseas citizen.
    • Those voters who are military personnel confined to base and learn of your confinement within seven days or less of an election.

  • Red Cross urges blood and platelet donations

    The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.
    Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.

  • Lebanon Elementary hosts 16th annual Special Kids, Special Talents Day

    Over the past 16 years, Special Kids, Special Talents Day has provided students with special needs  a field day where they can participate in various competitive activities. Students played games where they had to stand in a line and go through hula-hoops, be the quickest at passing pumpkins down from one end of the line to another as well as balancing a ball on a spoon as they raced to the finish line. Students were handed first, second and third place ribbons as they completed each activity. According to Jill Edlin, who led the event, the day was “a huge success.”