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  • Ban on texting while driving takes effect Thursday

    The following announcement was issued by the Governor's office regarding the ban on texting while driving, which takes effect Thursday, July 15:

  • Closed session on student transfer was legal

    When the Marion County Board of Education went into closed session during its June 8 meeting, it did not violate the open meetings act, according to an opinion issued by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office July 6.

    The Attorney General's Office found that the closed session held during that meeting was allowed under KRS 61.815(1)(k). The section allows a governing body to enter into a closed session for meetings which "federal or state law specifically require to be conducted in private."

  • Mock disaster is scheduled for Thursday

    On Thursday July 15, Marion County Emergency Management and Marion County Emergency Services along with the City of Lebanon and the Lebanon Water Works will be hosting a 10-county multi-agency emergency exercise at the Lebanon Water Treatment Plant located in Calvary.

    A simulated chlorine leak from the treatment plant and an automobile accident at the intersection of Highway 208 and Old Calvary Road will occur simultaneously requiring the response of the Marion County EMS, along with the Lebanon Fire Department, Marion County Rescue Squad, local law enforcement, Lebanon Polic

  • Fiscal Court meets this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, July 15, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda is as follows:

  • Gov. Beshear appoints Marcum to the Kentucky Board of Education

    Former Marion County Superintendent Roger Marcum was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Education last week.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced the appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education Thursday, choosing representation from business, education and community interests throughout the Commonwealth.

  • Update: Escaped inmate has been apprehended

    Parker Perdue walked away from the Marion Adjustment Center during the evening of July 2, and he was recaptured around 10:47 p.m.

    Perdue, 31, was serving a three-year sentence for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument out of Barren County.

     

     

  • July 12 is the deadline to register with FEMA

    Federal officials are reminding county residents that they have until Monday, July 12, to register for disaster assistance as a result of the May 2 flooding. A federal disaster was declared as a result of the damage caused by the flooding.

    Residents can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. Phones are open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day.

    Residents must register in order to be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

  • Former firefighters get two years for arson

    Four former firefighters will be spending two years behind bars for their role in a series of arsons in 2008 and 2009.

    Melinda Orberson, Steven E. Orberson, Frederick Tate and James Robert Tate were sentenced June 21 after pleading guilty to a variety of charges related to fires that occurred between Oct. 13, 2008, and May 24, 2009.

    Both Orbersons and James Robert Tate were also ordered to pay restitution of $1,195 to Kevin Lanham of Lanham Farms, Inc. for their involvement in a fire Oct. 13, 2008.

  • MCHS principal hired for asst. superintendent position

    After interviewing seven applicants for the Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services position, Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith announced Wednesday that he has selected Marion County High School Principal Taylora Schlosser to fill the position.

    "After much prayerful consideration I am glad to announce that Mrs. Taylora Schlosser will be the district's new Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services," Smith said in a written statement. "We had some exemplary candidates and this decision was not taken lightly."

  • Maker's Mark seeks success in number

    For the first time since 1958, Maker's Mark has unveiled a new product, Maker's 46. The announcement was big enough that Gov. Steve Beshear was on hand at the Loretto distillery to see it for himself Tuesday, June 29.

    "The bourbon industry is a signature industry for the state of Kentucky," he told an audience of employees and local officials.