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  • School tax rate hearing set for Aug. 27

    After more than two hours of discussions in executive session that spanned two meetings, the Marion County Board of Education concluded its summative evaluation of Superintendent Taylora Schlosser Thursday evening, Aug. 13.
    And the board thinks she’s doing well, based on the statement issued at the Aug. 13 meeting.
    “The board met in closed session and we are pleased to render an evaluation rating of 3.64. This equates to an evaluation between excellent and outstanding,” Board Chairman Mike Cecil read from the joint statement.

  • ‘Built on solid ground’

    As they have done for at least two centuries, Catholics gathered in Lebanon Saturday evening to worship. On Aug. 15, St. Augustine also celebrated its 200th anniversary with a Mass presided over by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville and concelebrated by more than a dozen priests and deacons.
    In his homily, Kurtz reminded a church filled (and overflowing into the parish center) that their roots go back much more than the 200 years that the parish has existed. They started more than 2,000 years ago by Jesus.

  • 70th anniversary of the end of World War II

    Lebanon National Cemetery hosted a wreath-laying ceremony on Friday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The war ended with the Japanese surrender on Aug. 15, 1945.

  • School board: Superintendent "between excellent and outstanding”

    After more than two hours of discussions in executive session that spanned two meetings, the Marion County Board of Education concluded its summative evaluation of Superintendent Taylora Schlosser on Aug. 13.

    And the board thinks she’s doing well, based on the statement issued at the of the Aug. 13 meeting.

    “The board met in closed session and we are pleased to render an evaluation rating of 3.64. This equates to an evaluation between excellent and outstanding,” Board Chairman Mike Cecil read from the joint statement.

  • School board meets Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the board office. The agenda appears below.

    I. Call to Order

    II. Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence

    III. Communications

    - Superintendent report 

    - ACT scores presentation

    - Finance report

    - Upcoming tax rates

    - School donations

    IV. Student Learning Services

  • Loretto Project celebrates contemporary music

    Three public musical performances are scheduled to take place at the Loretto Motherhouse Aug. 12-16 as part of The Loretto Project.
    Cellist and Kentucky native John Popham and violinist Pala Garcia created the project to celebrate the history of American contemporary music. The project includes public performances and a composition workshop featuring a master class and premieres of participants’ work.

  • Mayberry Pie Festival is this week

    Mayberry is coming to Lebanon Aug. 13-16 for the first-ever Mayberry Pie Festival. Comedians Michael J. and Joey ILO will portray Barney Fife and Otis in the traveling comedy show, “Barney Fife Fully Loaded,” and Karen Knotts, the daughter of Don Knotts, will be performing her original tribute, “Tied Up in Knotts.”

  • St. Augustine celebrating 200 years

    St. Augustine Parish is celebrating its bicentennial at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, with Mass and a fellowship picnic dinner. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will bless the newly constructed rosary garden following Mass.
    All St. Augustine parishioners (past and present) and surrounding parishioners are invited to attend. Additional seating for Mass will be in the Parish Center with a live feed from the Mass in the church.

  • St. Augustine celebrating 200 years

    St. Augustine Parish is celebrating its bicentennial at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, with Mass and a fellowship picnic dinner. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will bless the newly constructed rosary garden following Mass.
    All St. Augustine parishioners (past and present) and surrounding parishioners are invited to attend. Additional seating for Mass will be in the Parish Center with a live feed from the Mass in the church.

  • State parks are building waystations for butterflys

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT -- More than a dozen Kentucky State Parks are working on projects to help Monarch butterflies by preserving habitat and planting milkweed plants the butterflies need for survival.
    The butterflies – easily identified because of their orange and black colors – are known for their annual journeys to Mexico each year for winter hibernation. Some scientists are concerned that loss of habitat is causing a decline in the Monarch population in some areas.