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  • Kentucky ends fiscal 2014 with $90 million shortfall

    The Courier-Journal

    Kentuckians are buying more stuff, but they aren’t paying as much in taxes, and that has left the state with a $90 million revenue shortfall.
    The state budget office released the year-end report on general fund receipts Thursday, showing that the amount of tax revenue collected in fiscal year 2014 fell 1 percent short of the official $9.55 billion estimate when it ended June 30.

  • More than 100 new laws take effect in Kentucky

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — More than 100 new laws approved during Kentucky's 2014 General Assembly went into effect Tuesday, July 15, changing how the state deals with everything from acupuncture to voyeurism.

  • District introduces new administrators

    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser introduced three new central office employees at the July 8 Marion County Board of Education meeting.
    Traci Sharpe will serve as the district's director of exceptional child education. Troy Benningfield is the new instructional supervisor and food service director, and Jennifer Osbourne is the new personnel director.
    "You have to surround yourself with great personnel and allow them to do their jobs," Schlosser said.

    Traci Sharpe

  • Opposing views on MCPS leadership

    Two citizens spoke to the Marion County Board of Education at the end of its July 8 meeting, and they expressed contrary views about the district's leadership.
    Amanda Beard concluded her remarks by calling for Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and the school board members to resign, while Barney Tharp defended Schlosser and the school board for recent steps they have taken.
    After each of them spoke, Board Member Butch Cecil thanked them for taking the time to go through the process to get on the agenda.

  • Board approves agreements for 2014-15 school year

    The July 8 meeting of the Marion County Board of Education concluded with more than 30 minutes of public comments from citizens. The hour of the meeting before those comments included a number of procedural matters for the 2014-15 academic year.
    Each of these items were approved 3-0. Board Member Bernard Miles was not present during last week’s meeting.
    The following items were approved last week:
    • The student code of conduct for the 2014-15 school year.
    • Exceptional child education procedures for special education programs.

  • Special city council meetings Friday, Monday

    The Lebanon City Council is holding special-called meetings at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, and 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 14.

    The agenda for Friday's meeting includes the second reading of an ordinance, which would remove 10-minute parking on the 200 block of W. Main Street and replace it with two-hour parking. The first reading of this ordinance was approved at the council's July 7 meeting.

  • Council hears flood report

    After eight months of work, O’Brien and Gere Engineers presented the findings of their study of flooding in downtown Lebanon.

    During the 54-minute presentation, Ken Roseman, Jonathan Steflik and Derek Reid presented the city with a variety of options to address the problem. The potential solutions included everything from removing sediment and debris to upgrading the entire conveyance system at a cost of $3.82 million.

    The city paid the engineering firm $118,797. 

  • Fair weather

     This year, the Marion County Fair had the weather on its side. Last year, rain forced the cancellation of several days of events. 

    “It was outstanding compared to last year,” fair board member Charlotte Miracle said. “We had no rain and good attendance.”

    Miracle said they had good turnout for both days of pageants, including higher local attendance as well.

  • Flying high again

    By Matt Overing

    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Jets Over Kentucky is back at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    Lewis Patton organized the event, and he said around 200 pilots will be participating in this year.

    It will be the 10th year that the event has taken place. Pilots love the event, and Patton said that is because of the community. 

  • MCHS registration is July 29-Aug. 1

     Marion County High School will welcome the Class of 2018 with Freshman JumpStart from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1. All incoming freshman should plan to attend to learn everything they need to know to get ready for high school. Parents will not need to attend JumpStart

    Freshmen registration will follow JumpStart from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Parents will need to attend registration.  

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