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  • School board schedules special-called meeting for 1 p.m. today

     The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in a special-called session at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the district's administration building.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Executive session per KRS 61.810(1)(c), which relates to proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of a public agency

    • Motion for action consistent with the closed session discussion

  • Fiscal court meets today

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    • Correction to the Nov. 6 meeting minutes 

    • Minutes of the Nov. 20 meeting 

    • Minutes of the special-called Nov. 29 meeting

    • Presentation  of  “HeartSafe Community” designation by Jennifer Osborne and state officials 

  • Tourist commission names new executive director

    Nena Olivier has been hired as the new executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    During a special-called meeting Dec. 3, the commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Olivier to the fill the position vacated by Carla Abbi.

    Commission Chairman James Spragens said Olivier was the best of the five candidates who were interviewed for the position.

    "She clearly had what we were looking for," Spragens said.

  • Higdon elected as majority whip

    Jimmy Higdon was first elected to the Kentucky legislature in 2002. He won a special election in 2009 to fill the District 14 senate seat vacated by Dan Kelly.
    And last week, he was elected as majority whip by Kentucky’s Senate Republicans.
    “It’s a step forward as far as my career in the state senate,” Higdon said.
    This was the second time Higdon ran for the position of majority whip. In 2012, he lost to Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard.

  • Child abuse panel calls for parent drug testing

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - Amid an epidemic of drug use in Kentucky, a state panel on child abuse is calling for parents to undergo drug tests if a child dies unexpectedly in their care.
    The Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel released its annual report Monday with nine key recommendations to improve protective services for the roughly 19,000 children who fall victim to abuse and neglect each year in Kentucky.

  • Hemp growers, processors must apply by end of year to participate

    By Judah Taylor
    The News-Enterprise

    Farmers and processors wanting to participate in the 2015 hemp pilot projects must apply by the year’s end, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced.
    The projects allow farmers to grow hemp, but not for commercial uses, according to Hardin County Extension Agent Matt Adams who described the hemp industry as being more “experimental than commercial” right now.

  • Heroin bill needed in 2015

    By Brad Bowman
    Frankfort State Journal

    According to drug treatment admission statistics from the state, heroin remains the most frequent drug treatment admission in northern states like New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey and then progresses south through the U.S. to Pennsylvania before it jumps west to Illinois.
    Connecting the chain between those states, West Virginia and Kentucky’s largest number of drug treatment cases involve opiate abuse, which has continued with the rising popularity of heroin in our state.

  • AG warn of seasonal scams, identity theft

    Kentucky Press News Service

    With the holiday shopping season underway, Attorney General Jack Conway is urging Kentucky consumers to be vigilant of seasonal scams and identity theft. Millions of consumers turn to their smart phones, tablets and computers for their holiday shopping needs, which has cybercriminals and hackers working overtime to exploit unsuspecting shoppers for their credit card and financial information.

  • Moving on

    John G. Mattingly will be retiring for the second time at the end of December.
    After a 27-year career as a teacher, Mattingly, 61, is in his final month of his second and final term as the Marion County judge/executive, although he said doing the work of the county takes a group effort.
    “That’s really part of the job, to build rapport in the community with all those folks that can be a part of the community’s growth and success,” he said.

  • Board sets new meeting time, date

    In January, the Marion County Board of Education will start meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursdays.
    During their Nov. 25 meeting at Loretto City Hall, school board members voted to change their regular meetings to the 4 p.m. on Thursdays. The board’s regular meetings have been at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout 2014.
    Board member Jerry Evans cast the only opposing vote to the change. He expressed concerns that the proposed meeting time would not be convenient for parents who may want to attend a meeting.