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  • County approves budget for county clerk, sheriff and water district

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the 2011 budgets for the Marion County clerk's office, the sheriff's office and the Marion County Water District during its Dec. 16 meeting.

    The county clerk's budget estimated for 2011 is $2.74 million. This is a decrease from the 2010 budget, which County Clerk Karen Spalding estimated will be near $3 million.

  • County approves budget for county clerk, sheriff and water district

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the 2011 budgets for the Marion County clerk's office, the sheriff's office and the Marion County Water District during its Dec. 16 meeting.

    The county clerk's budget estimated for 2011 is $2.74 million. This is a decrease from the 2010 budget, which County Clerk Karen Spalding estimated will be near $3 million.

  • Ready to work

    Denitra Cowherd wants to find a good job.

    "I've been looking for a long time," she said.

    Cowherd said she's been looking since 2007, but she sounded hopeful as she filled out job applications Dec. 16 on the third floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center. She was one of nearly 500 people who stopped at the job fair organized by the Marion County Office of Economic Development.

  • $2,500 reward to help find missing woman

    The family and friends of Kara Tingle Rigdon, who hasn't been seen since July 17, are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

    The last time anyone saw Kara Rigdon, 27, of Gravel Switch, she was on Beechfork Loop Road in Gravel Switch.

  • Outgoing board members say goodbye

    Last week's Marion County Board of Education meeting marked the final meeting for Board Chairwoman Sister Kay Carlew and Board Members Alex Ackermann and Brad Mattingly. In January, Ed Hacker, Michael Mullins and Mike Cecil, who won the election in November, will be taking their places on the board.

  • Superintendent's evaluation cancelled

    A mid-year evaluation of Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith, which was scheduled for this past Monday, was cancelled after a majority of the school board decided it would be best to delay his evaluation until the newly-elected board convenes in January.

    But, according to Superintendent Smith, no matter who conducts his evaluation, he is in a "no-win situation."

  • Pay decision pending for tourism director

    While other tourism bureaus across the state and country are feeling the financial strain of the economy, the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is experiencing a $30,000 increase in revenue compared to last year, and it is under budget in its expenses. But, apparently that's not enough proof that its director deserves a raise.

  • Four county officials have taken the oath of office

    Four Marion County elected officials took the oath of office shortly after noon Dec. 20 at the Marion County courthouse.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady, Marion County Sheriff-Elect Jimmy Clements and Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding took the oath of office. Circuit Judge Allan Bertram administered the oath.

    Mattingly, Brady and Spalding were re-elected Nov. 2. Sheriff-elect Clements does not officially become the sheriff until Jan. 1, but he was required to take the oath of office on or before that date.

  • One Call Now apologizes for glitch

    Pam Spalding, the administrative assistant for the Marion County Board of Education, sent an email Thursday afternoon regarding the One Call Now system that is used to notify teachers and parents of school closings.

    According to the email, there was a glitch as a result of "update maintenance" performed Dec. 14. The email reads that Lynn Williams from One Call Now called to apologize for the glitch that meant some parents and teachers were not notified of the school cancellation Dec. 16.

  • Marion County man dies during hunting outing

    By Donna Carman

    Landmark News Service

     

    A father-son hunting trip turned tragic Saturday as a Marion County man was found dead in a rugged wooded area in Casey County following an extensive search in brutal weather.

    William "Bill" Gruber, 51, of Bradfordsville, was pronounced dead about 1:30 a.m. Sunday by Casey County Coroner Tommy Clark, most likely the result of a heart attack.