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  • Marion, Washington and Nelson counties could unite for United Way

    United Way of Nelson County would like to see people in Marion and Washington counties unite to help form a tri-county United Way.
    The communities already work so closely together, it just makes sense, according to Kenny Fogle, executive director of United Way of Nelson County, who spoke during the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon Thursday.

  • Tutu much fun!

    The first Back Tutu School 2.2-mile Family Fun Run/Walk attracted 275 participants. 

    Along the way, runners and walkers from six weeks to 81 years old shared smiles and laughs. 

    Even a few dogs got in on the act.

    The event raised $2,300 for the Marion County Girls on the Run program. The purpose of the program is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.

    Girls on the Run will be in place at the four Marion County public elementary schools this fall.

  • Aug. 1 Windstream meeting has been cancelled

    An Aug. 1 meeting to discuss Internet service in Marion County has been cancelled.

    Windstream officials have notified the Marion County Economic Development Office that they would not be able to make it to an Aug. 1 meeting.

    However, they are looking for other possible dates, according Mary Lou Brock of the economic development office.

  • MCHS principal resigns to move to central office position

    School starts in less than two weeks in Marion County, and the district is searching for two principals.
    A.C. Glasscock Elementary School is currently searching for a principal after Lee Ann Divine resigned this month to become the principal at Mercer County Elementary School. And, Thursday night, July 25, Marion County High School Principal Stacey Hall sent an email to his staff at 8:37 p.m., announcing his resignation. In the email, he said he will be moving to a position at central office.

  • Pipeline: Progress or problem?

    Since it was announced, the Bluegrass Pipeline project has spurred vocal and persistent opposition in areas along the proposed route, and now that issue has come to Marion County.
    Landowners in the Loretto/St. Francis area were contacted about allowing surveys on their property related to a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas liquids (NGLs) from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to Louisiana.
    Locally, the Loretto community (which includes the Sisters of Loretto and Loretto co-members) is trying to raise awareness about the project. 

  • Huge success

    For as long as Jimmy Brady can remember, he’s been big. He was bigger than his classmates in school, and he remained big after his school days were behind him.
    “That was me,” he said. “I knew I needed to do something about it, but I didn’t know what to do.”
    Last year, however, he finally figured it out. He underwent gastric sleeve surgery, which removed most of his stomach, and required severe changes in his diet.
    Jimmy, 36, has lost 291 pounds, and if you ask him, he’ll tell you he’s never felt better.

  • Job fair for MAC employees planned for Aug. 8

    The Marion County Economic Development Office is working to hold a job fair Aug. 8 for employees of Marion Adjustment Center. The private prison was notified last month that the state would not be renewing its contract to hold state prisoners. The job fair would allow MAC employees to meet with local industries about vacant positions. The discussion was part of the Marion County Industrial Foundation meeting on July 18.

  • 2014 Marion County Distinguished Young Women Program celebrates 50 years
  • Haz-mat class set for Aug. 17

    The Kentucky Emergency Management has scheduled a hazardous materials/emergency response guidebook class beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 17 at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.
    The class will provide awareness-level training for first responders, who may be likely to witness or discover a hazardous materials release. The class will focus on detecting hazardous situations and making appropriate calls to secure the scene and prevent contamination.

  • Thanks to lower spending, small revenue growth, state closes fiscal year with $70M surplus

    Thanks to slowed spending by cash-strapped state agencies, as well as a small bump in General Fund revenues, state Budget Director Jane Driskell announced Friday that Kentucky state government closed the 2012-13 fiscal year with a General Fund surplus of $70.6 million.
    Driskell warned, however, in a state news release that the fiscal year that just began July 1 extends the budget cuts that were in place last year, and that state agencies would continue to be challenged to deliver services with fewer dollars despite rising costs.