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  • Marion County among state’s better places for children

    When Kentucky Youth Advocates released their 2013 Kids Count Data Book, this included a new feature ranking each county on overall child well being.
    “Marion County was 22nd overall, which is doing fairly well among the counties within the state,” said Tara Grieshop-Goodwin, KYA’s chief policy officer.
    She said the national Kids Count book does state-by-state rankings each year, so KYA decided to do county-by-county ratings based as closely as possibly on the national index.
    Kentucky was ranked 34th nationally for child well being.

  • Tale of two Kentucky schools

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader

  • Fiscal court approves county clerk’s budget

    The Marion County Fiscal Court on Jan. 2 approved the Marion County Clerk’s 2014 budget.
    The county clerk’s budget shows an anticipated increase in revenues and disbursement from $2.82 million in 2013 to $3.02 million is 2014.
    The budget was submitted by Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding prior to the court’s Dec. 19 meeting. Spalding died Dec. 30 after suffering a heart attack.
    In other business:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March is Jan. 19

    The United Concerned Citizens Organization will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. The march will begin at the Lebanon Post Office, 101 E.  Main Street. All citizens are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
    For more Information, contact Maria A. Bell (270) 402–4917 or (270) 321–4133.

  • Sisters of Loretto hosting ‘Gasland’ films

    The Loretto Community will be sponsoring screenings of the movies “Gasland” and “Gasland 2” later this month. Both movies focus on the oil and gas industry and the effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on communities and the environment. Fracking is used to extract natural gas liquids.
    Gasland will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Loretto City Hall, and Gasland 2 will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30, also at Loretto City Hall.
    Sr. Marie Ego described the movies as “powerful.”

  • Police investigating murder-suicide on Marion-Taylor county line

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal is reporting that police are investigating a murder-suicide near the Marion-Taylor county line.

    The Taylor County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, which occurred around 11 a.m. on Finley Ridge Road, the News-Journal reported.

    Paul Dewayne Sprowles and Karyn Rae Meeks were pronounced dead at the scene by the Taylor County coroners. They have been taken to Louisville for autopsies.

  • Garbage collection suspended due to weather

     Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly released the following announcement:

    Due to the excessive cold temperatures and wind chills predicted for the next couple of  days, there will be no garbage collection on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

    There will however be  a “double-up day” on Wednesday. Jan. 8, 2014.

  • No garbage pick up on Tuesday, Jan. 7

    Due to the excessive cold temperatures and wind chills predicted for the next couple of days there will be no garbage collection on Tuesday, Jan. 7, according to Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly.
    Crews are attempting to collect garbage today, Monday, Jan. 6, but they are encountering cans/bags frozen to the ground, not to mention serious and dangerous adverse conditions for the sanitation workers with the severe wind chill conditions.

  • Husband, wife die in Holy Cross trailer fire

     Two people died as a result of a trailer fire near Loretto early Monday morning.

    Thomas Wayne Cundiff, 60, and his wife, Mary Rose Cundiff, 71, died in the fire that destroyed 6310 Holy Cross Road.

    After Jan. 8 print edition went to press, the state police reported that the autopsy report indicates that the Cundiffs died of smoke inhalation.

    The mobile home was a complete loss, according to the police. 

  • Judicial center closed; library opening at 11

    The Marion County Judicial Center will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7, due to the anticipated bad weather, according to Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly.

    The Marion County Public Library will be open today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.