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  • Fiscal court meets today

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, March 6.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes:

    - Minutes of previous meeting

    - Audit of sheriffs tax settlement for year ending April 2013

    - Review Sheriff Compliance Audit  letter for use of KLEFPE Funds

    - Marion County Conservation District's  “Special District” status request

    - Request from KSP for West Marion Elementary School DARE program costs

  • 137-year-old home destroyed in fire

    Firefighters from Loretto, Raywick and Lebanon responded to a house fire Feb. 25 at 1020 Clell Mattingly Road.
    J.C. “Tooders” Mattingly, 83, was at home during the fire, but got out with the help of David Ray Hardesty.
    “I had no idea it was happening,” Mattingly said.
    Mattingly’s daughter also lives with him, but she was at work in Louisville at the time of the fire.
    While he got out unharmed, Mattingly’s house was pretty well destroyed. He said he’d lived there his entire life.

  • Maker’s Mark expanded, adding 30 jobs

    Maker’s Mark Distillery has announced a $70 million expansion project that is expected to add 30 jobs. The project will involve creating replicas of its existing stills, adding warehouses and making infrastructure improvements.
    Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release that people all over the world enjoy Maker’s Mark.

  • Remember to Spring Forward!

    At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, set your clocks forward one hour ahead of standard time. The change to Daylight Saving Time allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours.
     

  • Last day of school: TBA

    We are days away from “Springing Forward” but Old Man Winter isn’t giving up quite yet, and that’s making matters difficult for the Marion County Public School System.
    School was canceled Monday and Tuesday because of the winter weather and poor road conditions. As a result, students could be going to school until at least June 6. But, the Marion County Board of Education could change that depending on the decisions school board members make at their next board meeting on March 11.

  • Trial by fire

    Dennis Rice has missed a lot in the last 35 years.
    He missed his children’s graduations and weddings. He’s missed the grandchildren they would have had.
    Dennis didn’t miss any of those things by choice. Instead, tragically, on March 6, 1979, a house fire at his home in St. Joe killed his wife and four of his five children.
    The Enterprise’s account of that fire noted that “Reports indicated the children’s bodies were found huddled together with the baby in her mother’s arms.”

  • As Bluegrass Pipeline gets attention, competing project looms

     By Ryan Quinn

    The State Journal

  • Bill would require insurance companies to offer sinkhole insurance

    By Katie Brandenburg
    Bowling Green Daily News

    A legislator has filed legislation that would require more insurers to offer coverage for sinkhole damage.
    Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, has filed House Bill 498 that would require insurers who offer property insurance to offer an additional policy rider covering sinkhole damage for an additional premium.
    Richards filed the legislation Feb. 27.

  • Goodwill faces statewide donor shortage

    By Marty Finley
    Landmark News Service

    A well-known nonprofit organization is conducting a statewide donation drive through March to generate contributions and help job growth.
    Goodwill witnessed a precipitous drop in donations during January and February, which typically already are slower months, said Heather Hise, communications and public relations specialist for the organization.
    Hise said the number of donors declined by about 10,000 from the same period last year, with weather one of the expected causes.

  • Nurse practitioners gain more autonomy

    Nurse practitioners have more authority to help their patients since Senate Bill 7 was signed into law Feb. 13. Specifically, SB 7 grants nurse practitioners greater autonomy to prescribe medicine for their patients.
    And that’s important, according to Judy Kantlehner, who has been a nurse practitioner for 20 years and, as far as she is aware, was the first one in Marion County.
    “You can’t very well care for your patients without being able to prescribe medicine,” Kantlehner said.