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  • Junior Mister is March 22

    The 11th annual Marion County High School Beta Junior Mister competition will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 22, in the MCHS gymnasium.
    This year's theme is "A Starry Night.” There are 18 young men in the show this year.
    All proceeds for the event will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation to grant the wish of a child.
    Advance tickets may be purchased at MCHS or at the Kroger customer service desk for $5. Tickets at the door will be $7. Kroger is partnering with MCHS this year to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

  • Kynect enrollment deadline is March 31

    The deadline to enroll for coverage through Kynect, Kentucky’s online health insurance exchange, is March 31. The website is kynect.ky.gov.
    When Gov. Steve Beshear announced the deadline the exchange, he said Kentucky had 640,000 uninsured citizens (about 15 percent of the state population). Of that group, an estimated 308,000 would qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage.

  • Send us your PROMposals

    As April draws closer, more Marion County High School students are popping the question... “Prom?”
    And, what used to be a simple question has grown to an elaborate and creative undertaking.
    We want to hear about this year’s best “Promposals.”
    For example, Cody Thomas wanted to ask a special young woman to the prom and wrote the following:

  • Conservation district seeking taxing authority

    The Marion County Soil Conservation District received $50,000 from the Marion County Fiscal Court during the current fiscal year.
    During the 2014-15 fiscal year, however, the district’s board of supervisors hope to increase its local revenue to $100,000. To do so, they are seeking permission to become a taxing district. The supervisors presented their proposal during the March 6 meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court.

  • Kidney transplant: Take 2

    Julia Browning Devine, 44, is living proof that one’s body, mind and spirit can endure far more than many of us can even imagine.
    She’s lived with kidney disease since the age of 15. At 33, she received a kidney transplant. Six years later, doctors discovered she had a brain tumor and it had to be removed. The toll of brain surgery, along with complications of chronic rejection, and ongoing infections, caused her transplanted kidney to fail. Today, she has no kidneys and has to undergo dialysis treatment three days a week for more than three hours each day.

  • Kentucky Health Cooperative claims most of the business on the state insurance exchange

    Kentucky Health News

    The Kentucky Health Cooperative, a non-profit, consumer-governed health plan, has captured 75 percent of the business on Kentucky’s health-insurance exchange, according to the latest figures from the exchange.
    The co-op competes on Louisville-based Humana’s home turf and came out ahead of the insurance company that has $41 billion in annual revenues, CEO Janie Miller reminded Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News as she told him how the co-op had beaten Humana and Anthem.

  • Bill would make way for medical marijuana clinical trials

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    Medical marijuana has been a topic for debate with no prospect of advancing in this year’s legislative session.
    But Sen. Denise Harper Angel hopes a bill she filed Thursday calling for clinical trials of the illicit substance will provide a starting point for officials to study its medicinal benefits.

  • Universal preschool still a dream

    By Keith Lawrence
    The Messenger-Inquirer

    In the 1970s, universal kindergarten was the dream in education. In Kentucky, it became reality by the decade’s end. Today, the dream is universal preschool.

  • Board chairman says superintendent is making progress

    The Marion County Board of Education completed the superintendent’s formative mid-year evaluation earlier this year. The school board isn’t legally required to hold the evaluation in open session. However, The Lebanon Enterprise requested a written summary from Board Chairman Michael Mullins, which was emailed last week.
    The actual evaluation with the board and Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, which took place in closed session on Jan. 28, lasted an hour and 28 minutes.
    The board chairman’s written summary is as follows:

  • Doing what she loves, loving what she does

    Marion County Attorney Joe Mattingly has known Lisa Nally-Martin since they were children, and he’s worked alongside her for close to 20 years.
    He can’t think of anyone more deserving of receiving this year’s Marion County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award.
    “It’s unique for someone to be able to take in stride what some people would consider obstacles and turn them into opportunities,” Mattingly said.