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  • Up close look at the OR
  • WMES Principal search timeline is set

    West Marion Elementary School could have a new principal by Thursday, June 5.
    Benji Mattingly, who had been principal at West Marion Elementary School for almost nine years, resigned Friday, May 2.
    According to Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, the WMES site base decision making council will be screening applications May 28, and interviewing candidates June 2-3. The anticipated hire date is June 5, she said.
     

  • The day time stood still

    There was a prayer service at the site of the crash that killed five young men from Marion County 50 years ago. The young men were Stanley Ballard, Ray Clark, David Hamilton, Donnie Donahue and Wayne Simms. The boys had just attended their high school sports banquet in Loretto. Five concrete crosses are located on Highway 49 in Loretto where the crash occurred. A memorial Mass was also held in memory of the young men at St. Francis of Assisi Church.

  • Fiscal court holding special-called meeting May 24

     The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet in special session at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 24, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Executive Session per KRS 61.810 (1)(b) regarding discussion of the purchase or sale of real property 

    • Discuss “Draft” budget modifications

    • Consider administrative code/personnel policy changes

    • Animal shelter equipment/supplies purchase

  • School board chairman resigns

    Michael Mullins resigned as the chairman of the Marion County Board of Education today, May 21.

  • Board’s approval of auditor contract not unanimous

    The Marion County Board of Education approved its auditor contract for the 2013-14 school year last week, but it wasn’t without some debate.
    Historically, the board has hired White and Company in Lebanon to complete auditing services, but recently several members of the board asked for the auditor contract to be put out for bid with the possibility of hiring a new auditor.

  • Preparing for the 400 Mile Sale

    The 11th anniversary of the 400 Mile Sale is just a month away, and organizers are encouraging participating sellers to continue putting away items to sell that weekend. Mark your calendars: June 5-8 Kentucky’s Scenic Byway Historic Highway 68 will come alive with merchants selling anything from estate furniture and antiques to clothing and kitchen gadgets. 

  • Arts Camp is July 14-18

    “Experimenting with the Arts” is the theme for this year’s Arts and Humanities Summer Camp, which will be held July 14-18.
    Sarah Martin and Jessica Floyd will be teaching students about music (instrumental and vocal). These classes will be held at Lebanon Elementary School. Also being held at Lebanon Elementary are art and drama classes, which will be taught by Charles Ramey and Kelli Stanford.
    Culinary arts will be held at the Marion County Extension office, along with a class on “where our food begins.”

  • Mike FM is helping with Dickens parade

    During the May 12 meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, Tourism Director Carla Wagner reported that WLSK, Mike FM in Lebanon, would not be sponsoring the Dickens Christmas Parade.
    After last week’s report on that meeting, Dennis George of WLSK, Mike FM called to report that the station is still sponsoring the parade.
     

  • Memorial Day program is Sunday

    American Legion Post 49 will be hosting a Memorial Day program at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Lebanon National Cemetery.
    Major General William E. Barron will be the keynote speaker during the program. Barron served in the military for 38 years, including 33 years of service with the U.S. Army Reserve with the 100th Training Division. In the 100th, Barron rose from private to major general and became the division commander. Barron was commissioned as a second lieutenant after he attended the Kentucky Army National Guard Officer Candidate School.