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  • High school dropout rate is improving

    The latest non-academic data released recently shows that the Marion County school district's dropout rate has improved considerably during the past four years.

    According to Assistant Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, who recently shared the non-academic data with the school board, only four students quit school in 2010. That's down from 19 students who dropped out in 2006.

  • Animal Control Officer fired

    Marion County Animal Control Officer Jeff Wooldridge was fired July 7 after the Marion County Fiscal Court spent an hour in an executive session.

    When the court returned to open session, it voted unanimously to terminate his employment with the county.

    "It's a sensitive personnel matter that I'm really not at liberty to discuss," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said following the July 7 meeting.

  • City council, tourist commission both meet Monday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the Centre Square Convention Center. This evening, the Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at city hall.

    And the commission's chairman, Dan Lawson, and previous chairwoman, Carlotta Brussell, are on the agenda to meet with the city council Monday night.

  • Lebanon man involved in fatal accident

    Landmark News Service

    A 50-year-old Bardstown man died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle head-on collision at Finley Ridge Road and East U.S. 68.

    According to a report from the Taylor County Sheriff's office, James B. Loy, 33, of Bradfordsville Road in Lebanon was traveling east on U.S. 68 at 5:36 p.m. when he noticed a pickup truck in front of him with its left turn signal on.

  • Lebanon man sentenced to nearly 20 years for child pornography

    Repeat child sex offender Sherman Gayle Pike Jr., 47, of Lebanon has been sentenced to 235 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release for violating federal child pornography laws.

    Pike pled guilty on Dec. 13, 2010, to a superseding information charging him with receipt and possession of child pornography.

  • Wright gets life, Benton gets 44 years

    The two men responsible for the death of a Marion County man have been sentenced.

    Friday morning, Raymond Wright and Adrian Benton received sentences of life in prison and 44 years, respectively, for their roles in the death of John G. Mattingly III. Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark handed down the sentences.

    Wright could be eligible for parole in 25 years and Benton could be eligible for parole in 20 years.

  • St. Francis Post Office has been suspended

    "Services at the St. Francis Post Office have been emergency suspended" reads a notice posted July 7 on the door of the postal branch. 

    David Walton, a spokesman for the Kentuckiana district of the postal service, said he is not sure if the suspension will be lifted. However, he did say that the emergency suspension is not related to a planned study into whether the St. Francis branch would be closed.

  • Marion County animal control officer has been fired

    Marion County Animal Control Officer Jeff Wooldridge has been fired.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to terminate Wooldridge during its July 7 meeting. The court's decision was made following an executive session that lasted nearly an hour.

  • High school site-based council meeting July 12

    The Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council has scheduled a special-called meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, in the high school library.

    According to the agenda, the council will be conducting interviews for a special education position and the high school boys basketball coach.

    Assistant Principal Robby Peterson said these are two separate positions, but the council may hire one person if it finds someone who can fill both jobs.

  • Fiscal Court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The court's agenda include an executive session per KRS 61.810(1)(f). This provision of the Kentucky Revised Statutes allows governing bodies to go into executive session for discussions or hearings that may lead to the appointment, discipline or dismissal of an employee, although the employee may request a public hearing.