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  • Makeup school days

    The Marion County Board of Education recently voted to use Feb. 21, Presidents Day, as a makeup day. So far, 12 days have been missed because of snow, and it's likely more days will be missed before winter is over. Last year, school was out for seven days in February because of snow.

  • Fiddlin' around

    Saturday morning, Amber Keene took her first fiddle lesson. That evening, she performed "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on stage in front of hundreds of people accompanied by a three-time national banjo champion.

    This was also the first year that Keene, 9, of Bloomfield has attended the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Festival.

    "The bands were pretty cool," she said. "I've never been here before and I want to come back next year."

  • Retired Boyle County superintendent now acting superintendent

    The Marion County Board of Education voted 3-1 in favor of hiring Steve Burkich as the acting superintendent of Marion County Public Schools.

    Board member DeLane Pinkston was not present at the special-called meeting Friday, Jan. 28, and board member Bernard Miles cast the lone dissenting vote.

  • Brady pleads guilty to attempted murder

    Joseph Timothy Brady plead guilty to attempted murder stemming from an incident July 25,  2010.

    Brady, 46, of 25 Shreve Lane in Lebanon also plead guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Charges of first-degree persistent felony offender and second-degree persistent felony offender have been dismissed.

    According to documents in the court file, law enforcement officials were contacted by Brady's brother, who reported that Brady was intoxicated and shooting a shotgun. According to the report, Brady had taken a shot at his father.

  • Hutchinson gets 15 years for manslaughter

    Tabitha K. Hutchinson has been sentenced to 15 years in prison as a result of an July 14, 2009, automobile collision that resulted in the death of a baby.

    Hutchinson, 28, of 218 Chestnut Street in Lebanon plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault (two counts), DUI second offense, operating on a suspended/revoked license and failure to provide proof of insurance.

    According to documents in the court file, Hutchinson tested positive for butalbital, hydrocodone and tramadol in the aftermath of the accident.

  • School board to discuss appointing acting superintendent Friday

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the board office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    According to the agenda, they board will go into executive session per KRS 61.810(1)(F). This subsection of the open meetings law allows an executive session to consider the appointment, discipline or dismissal of an employee.

    The board will consider appointing an acting superintendent and approve the minutes of its previous meeting.

  • No school Thursday, Jan. 27

    Marion County schools will be closed Thursday, Jan. 27, due to poor road conditions.

    The National Weather Service is predicting a chance of flurries Wednesday night with a low temperature around 22 degrees.

    The weather service is predicting a high around 35 degrees on Thursday and a 20 percent chance of snow Thursday night.

  • Former superintendent releases statement about his resignation

    Former Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith has released the following statement regarding his resignation:

  • Superintendent’s severance agreement includes payment through June 30, 2011

    Former Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith and the Marion County Board of Education have agreed to go their separate ways, but Smith will be receiving a paycheck from the board through June 30, 2011.

    That was part of a severance agreement that the two parties arranged before Smith’s official resignation was approved during the Jan. 25 school board meeting at Calvary Elementary School. (Please see the full agreement below.)

  • No school in Marion County today, Wednesday, Jan. 26

    School in Marion County is cancelled today, Wednesday, Jan. 26, because of snowy, hazardous road conditions.

    A winter storm warning is in effect until 1 p.m.

    According to The Weather Channel, moderate to occasionally heavy snow will continue through the morning rush hour. Snow will start tapering off from west to east through the morning hours. Three to five inches of snow accumulations are expected.