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  • School board receives superintendent recommendations

    The Marion County Board of Education had the weekend to review the recommendations of the superintendent search committee. The next step for the board members is to identify who they will interview for the vacant position.
    The school board received recommendations from the search committee members during a special-called meeting on July 3 at the board of education office.

  • MCPS has a new leader

    Taylora Schlosser made history Thursday, July 11, when she was hired to become the first female superintendent for Marion County Public Schools.
    And while that distinction definitely puts a smile on her face, she said it’s not about her gender, it’s about what she can accomplish.
    “It’s not about being a male or female… It’s about getting the job done,” Schlosser said.

  • Wagner hired as tourism director

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has been searching for a new executive director for months. Monday, they found her, and she was in their own office the whole time.
    Carla Wagner was approved by a 4-0 vote to become the new director at the commission's July 8 meeting after a 30-minute executive session.
    Chairman Brad Lanham was not present at Monday's meeting, and two commission seats expired at the end of June, leaving the commission with four members at the meeting.

  • City council meets Monday

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 8, at city hall.

    The agenda includes the following items:

  • Tourism meets Monday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Conference Center.

  • Loretto fireworks moved to July 12

    The fireworks celebration in Loretto, orignally scheduled for July 5, has been rescheduled for Friday, July 12.

    The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. at the Loretto Ballpark. Fireworks will start at dusk.

    Refreshment stands will be available.

  • Flash flood watch in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of central Kentucky, including Marion County, until 8 a.m. Sunday, July 7.

    A flood warning has also been issued until 3:15 a.m. A additional two inches of rain is possible tonight, according to the weather service.

    A watch is issued when the potential for flooding exists. A warning is issued when flooding is occurring.

    According to the weather service, law enforcement throughout central Kentucky have reported localized flooding of small creeks and streams.

  • Section of E. Main Street in Lebanon will be closed July 8-10

    A portion of US 68 (E. Main Street) in Lebanon will be closed between mile 11 and 12 from July 8 through 10. The closure is necessary for Department of Highways to complete pipe repair, according to the Kentucky Transporation Cabinet.

    Detours will be set up for traffic in both directions, and mobile message boards have been set up to notify drivers of the pending closure.

    Westbound traffic will turn right on KY 2154 (Corporate Drive), left on KY 55 (N. Spalding Avenue) and right to rejoin US 68 (E. Main Street).

  • School board meeting at 5 p.m. with search committee

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. with the superintendent search committee.

    A majority of the meeting is scheduled to be in executive session, as the search committee will be presenting its recommendations to the school board. The school board is not required to followed the search committee's recommendations, however.

    The executive sessions falls under KRS 61.80(1)(f), which pertains to discussions or hearings that might lead to the hiring, firing or dismissal of an employee.

  • Fighting to survive

    What happened? Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet announced June 25 that it would not enter into a new contract with Marion Adjustment Center. Prison officials hope the state will reverse its decision to end the contract.

    Before Marion Adjustment Center opened more than 30 years ago, Marion County was divided over whether it should be allowed to operate here.
    After a surprise decision last week, the private prison in St. Mary is now fighting to survive.