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  • Census: County becoming more diverse

    A majority of Marion County residents live outside of an incorporated city, share their home with at least one other person, and are white. However, the county's minority population has grown considerably since 2000, according to the 2010 Census.

    The Hispanic/Latino population in particular has increased by 235 percent, from 144 people in 2000 to 482 in 2010. (The U.S. Census Bureau considers Hispanic and Latino heritage under ethnicity, not race.)

  • E911 work has begun, still years away

    Marion County is one step closer to acquiring enhanced 911, although it may still be years before the service is available to county citizens.

    Representatives from MapSync and the Lincoln Trail Area Development District met with local officials April 19 at the David R. Hourigan Center. Ron Householder of MapSync led the meeting.

    "The data gathering process begins as soon as we complete this session," he said.

  • Sacred meal

    Lebanon United Methodist Church hosted a prayer service April 21 for Holy Thursday. The service commemorated the last supper Jesus shared with his apostles. The story of that meal, as recounted in Matthew 26: 17-30 and John 13:1-17, was read and re-enacted. Rev. Darren Gillespie pointed out that some of the chairs around the table had been left empty intentionally. "There is always more room to be a disciple," Gillespie said.

  • Toyota cutting back production

    The Toyota Motor Corporation is expecting reduced production for the remainder of 2011 in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that affected Japan earlier this year.

  • Stick-horse derby is April 30

    The first Stick Horse-Egg and Spoon Derby is scheduled to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Graham Memorial Park. The event will include events for all ages and is a fund-raiser for The Caring Place, a shelter for women who are victims of abuse.

    Race registration for business and church racers and for the Derby hat contest will take place from 1 to 1:15 p.m. Kid racers can register between 1 and 2 p.m.

  • ATC reports to county

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has contributed more than $180,000 to the Marion County Area Technology Center in recent years, and during the court's April 21 meeting, the court heard where some of that funding has been used.

    The court initially contributed $150,000 toward the renovations of the tech center. The court has agreed since then to allow that money to be used in other ways to enhance the tech center. Principal Laura Arnold reported that $63,600 was used to help fund an engineering position at the tech center.

  • Two Republicans vie for ag commissioner nomination

    James Comer of Tompkinsville and Rob Rothenburger of Shelbyville are seeking to become Kentucky's next Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Before either has a chance to make that happen, one will have to win the Republican nomination in the May 17 primary, however.

    The current ag commissioner, Richie Farmer, is running for lieutenant governor on David Williams' ticket. Comer and Rothenburger hope to keep Farmer's seat in Republican hands.

  • Flash flood watch in effect through late tonight

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch in effect through late tonight.

    Weather reports indicate that heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue through much of today, leading to flash flooding as well as more general flooding across the region. By this evening, a total of two to four inches of rain is expected to fall. This amount of rain on already saturated ground will lead to rapid rises across creeks and streams and future flooding across larger rivers.

  • State of Emergency declared

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly on Tuesday declared a state of emergency due to the effects of flooding April 25-26 in Marion County.
    Judge Mattingly said state officials asked county officials to go ahead an issue states of emergency. The county has had some isolated damage, but nothing like the damage during the ice storm in 2009 or the flooding last year.

  • WMES students heading back to their school

    West Marion Elementary students' day away from their own school has come to an end.
    Due to a power outage early Tuesday morning, West Marion students were sent to St. Charles Middle School for most of the school day. Shortly after 1 p.m., buses arrived at SCMS to take the elementary students back to their school.