Local News

  • County working to keep Career Center open

    In the wake of Career Center closings throughout Kentucky, Marion County officials are scrambling to keep the Lincoln Trail Career Center open, and they only have until Feb. 16 to do it.
    At the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting on Thursday, magistrates agreed to having a special-called meeting today at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the plans to keep the center open past the Feb. 16 closing date.

  • Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc. provides more than $3.6 million to Marion County

    Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc. provided $3,646,799 in salaries and services to Marion County in 2015-16. Lynne Robey, CKCAC executive director, presented the certificate to Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty at the recent meeting of the CKCAC Board of Directors.

  • Fiscal court news briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regularly-scheduled meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19. In the meeting the magistrates:
    • Approved the advertisement of a request for proposal regarding the multipurpose building. The project is in partnership with the City of Lebanon and the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission. The RFP is not an official bid, rather a way for the building committee to see how much the project will cost.
    • Approved the payment of the second annual installment of funds to the fire departments and rescue squad.

  • Wynonna Judd to perform at Elizabethtown's State Theater

    By Ben Sheroan
    Landmark News Service

    Wynonna Judd is expected to make a big noise when she visits Elizabethtown in March.
    Judd, who rose to the top of country charts in the 1980s and ’90s singing duets with her mother, has released her first album in three years. She and her new band, known as the Big Noise, have added the Historic State Theater to their tour stops.

  • Kindergarten entry age cutoff moves to Aug. 1

    Beginning with the upcoming school year, children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before Aug. 1. Up until now, the cutoff was Oct. 1.
    The General Assembly changed the law in 2012, based on the premise that younger students may not be ready for kindergarten and may not get off to a successful start. The change takes effect for the 2017-18 school year, for which schools will soon be registering students.

  • ‘I’ve loved it all’

    When Virginia “Sugar” Hamilton walked the halls of St. Augustine Grade School as a young fifth grader, she had no idea that she would spend the next 50 years within its walls. She didn’t know about all the children she would teach, the teachers she would mentor or the lives she would touch along the way.
    Now, with a lifelong career as an educator behind her, she is ready to retire, making this her final semester at St. Augustine.

  • Kentucky Dept. of Revenue accepting individual tax returns

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Monday, Jan. 23 opened tax filing season for individual taxpayers with the Kentucky Department of Revenue, the same date as the federal Internal Revenue Service. Electronic filing is the most efficient method for filing returns.

  • Family travels together to share the faith through music

    When the Mette family pulls into a church, it is usually not what people are expecting. Eight people step out of the vehicle, and people are naturally struck with curiosity.
    “Often they think the we are lost or on a vacation until we tell them that we travel full-time sharing the gospel through music,” Michael James Mette, a Catholic musician and speaker, said.  
    The Mette family has adapted to a lifestyle which has taken them from coast to coast, traveling through 41 states in the past 18 months.

  • Raywick man injured in one-vehicle wreck

    John L. Mattingly, 62, of Raywick is recovering from his injuries after being trapped in his vehicle during a wreck Saturday afternoon.
    According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the wreck occurred at 12:40 p.m., at the intersection of Highway 412 and Sallie Ray Pike approximately three miles east of Raywick.

  • Bluegrass in the Heart of Kentucky

    What better place to hold a Bluegrass music festival than in the heart of Kentucky. That’s what Brad Lanham thinks as he prepares for the annual Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff (KBMK), which is set for Jan. 27-28 at the Roby Dome at Marion County High School.
    Lanham, the president of the Kentucky Fellowship of Musicians, said he’s excited about the event that hosts everything from a dinner, to concerts and even workshops for aspiring musicians.
    “It’s a nice quality show,” Lanham said. “Something to be proud of.”