Local News

  • LABOR DAY: Teenage Tycoon

    Jordan Hourigan is not your typical teenager.
    He can’t legally drive yet, but he’s already the co-owner of two businesses.
    The 16-year-old junior at Marion County High School is the co-owner of J&J Inks, a graphic design, screen printing and embroidery business and J&J Productions Mobile DJ Service.
    When he’s not in school, you will most likely find him at work.
    According to his mother, Joni, from a very young age her son always wanted to own his own business.

  • LABOR DAY: “Always the teacher’

    When Elma Simpson was growing up the Philippines, she dreamed of growing up and becoming a nurse.
    Instead, she has settled into a career in another country in another field entirely. Simpson, 40, heads the migrant education program for Marion County Public Schools.
    “I’m the director, advocate-slash-teacher,” she said. “I have a lot of roles.”

  • A message from Miss Kentucky

    A beauty queen visited St. Augustine Grade School last week, but her message was more than skin deep.
    Katie George, the reigning Miss Kentucky USA, stopped by the school to encourage the students to work hard, to persevere when things are tough and to be willing to try new things.
    In addition to being Miss Kentucky, George is a setter for the University of Louisville volleyball team, and last summer, she was a member of the U.S. Collegiate National Team. She is the daughter of Tim and Annie George and the granddaughter of Dr. Salem and Eva George of Lebanon.

  • Ride for Christ

    Woodlawn Baptist Church hosted its annual Motorcycle Ride for Jesus on Aug. 29. In addition to enjoying a day of fellowship and a shared love of motorcycles, the participants raised money for the Family Foundation of Kentucky and the Central Kentucky Crisis Pregnancy Center. The ride started and ended at the church.

  • Board approves increased tax rate

    The Marion County Board of Education voted to increase its property tax rate from 53.8 cents per $100 valuation to 55 cents. The board unanimously approved the rate change at its Aug. 27 meeting, which followed a public hearing on the proposed rate change.
    The 55 cents per $100 rate is considered the 4 percent rate by the state because it generates 4 percent more revenue than the previous year’s rate, excluding new property.

  • Jailer concerned about synthetic marijuana

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady is worried about a new type of drug that has appeared in Marion County. It’s synthetic marijuana, and while it’s not legal in Kentucky, it has been sold over the counter in some other places.
    “It’s a growing issue for the metropolitan areas like Louisville and Lexington. We’re seeing the same stuff in Lebanon,” Brady said.

  • School board discussing tax rates on Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education will be holding a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the board office to discuss the proposed 2015-16 property tax rates. A regular board meeting will follow at 6 p.m.

    The school board’s current tax rate is 53.8 cents per $100 in property valuation. The board can consider a rate between the compensating rate and the 4 percent rate.

  • E911 equipment set for installation next month

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty said Thursday that enhanced 911 equipment is scheduled to be installed in September at the Lebanon Police Department.
    Now, the Marion County Fiscal Court and the City of Lebanon need to sign off on an addendum to an interlocal cooperation agreement related to E911.

  • Volunteers needed in Marion County to review cases of children in foster care

    Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 35 counties, including Marion County, are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

  • Six local students reflect on their GSP and GSA experiences

    Over the summer, five Marion County High School students participated in the Governor’s Scholars Program, and one student took part in the Governer’s School for the Arts.
    GSP started in 1983 because Kentucky leaders wanted to help keep the state’s "best and brightest" to pursue educational and career opportunities in the Commonwealth. Students selected for the program attend without charge. GSP is supported through a partnership between the Office of the Governor, the Kentucky State Legislature, and private enterprise.