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  • New program could help more students graduate

    The Graduate Marion initiative, which Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith began after attending the Graduate Kentucky Summit last year, is finally getting some teeth after almost a year of talking and brainstorming.

    Tuesday during the Marion County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly spoke to the board about a co-op program that the county is going to help fund in an effort to keep potential dropouts in school. Judge Mattingly has been a member of the Graduate Marion committee, which Smith organized last year.

  • Crossing the lines

    For more than a decade, lines have been crossed, quite literally, with the middle school attendance boundaries in the school district and a former superintendent is to blame, according to Marion County Board of Education Chairwoman Sister Kay Carlew. The issue has caused confusion for several local families and a mess for the school board to clean up.

    The school board was made aware of the problem June 8 when Christy Thomas of 180 Old Kentucky 68 in Lebanon attended a meeting to discuss an issue regarding her son and where he would be attending school this year.

  • Safe and Sound

    Four miles east of Lebanon, a former antiques store has become the home of live country music in Marion County.

    This past Saturday, more than 70 people listened to renditions of "Am I Blue" (sung by the man who wrote it),"El Paso" and "Jolene".

    Based on the sounds of their applause, the crowd appreciated all of them.

    And that's exactly what retired vocational teacher Bill Weatherford, 82, wants to hear.

  • MCHS principal search underway

    If the Marion County High School principal selection process goes as planned, the site-based decision making council hopes to hire someone by Thursday, July 29, according to Jeff Robbins, chairperson of the SBDM council.

    The council plans to interview applicants July 26-27, and then make a recommendation July 29.

  • Eyes on the road

    Texting and driving can be scary.   Just ask Andrea Luckett, 17.

    "I've actually been in a car with someone who was texting and driving," she said. "And it freaked me out because she was all over the place."

    When the driver crossed over into the opposing lane, Luckett said she screamed. She added that she wanted to jump out of the car.

    "I finally said, 'You got to put your phone down,'" she said.

  • State installing traffic signal at Hwy. 49, Veterans Memorial Highway intersection

    Editor's note: The following is statement was issued by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    Traffic signal installation is under way at the intersection of KY 2154 (Veterans Memorial Highway) and KY 49 (Loretto Road), in Lebanon.

    Engineers expect the sensor-controlled signal will be operational by mid-August.

    “As installation is completed, motorists will need to use caution as the community adjusts to the new signal,” Patty Dunaway, chief engineer for the Elizabethtown highway district, said.

  • MCHS principal applicants will meet the public Wednesday

    Anyone interested in meeting applicants to become the next principal of Marion County High School will have an opportunity to do so Wednesday at noon.

    The candidates who were interviewed will be introduced by a member of the high school site-based decision making council between noon at 1 p.m. July 28 at the MCHS library.

  • More candidates file for Nov. 2 election

    Incumbent Marion County Board of Education member Alex Ackermann has filed to run again for the District Three seat. She is facing a challenge from Michael Mullins, who previously held the seat, but stepped down due to work obligations.

    Brad Mattingly, who was appointed to the District Four school board seat a few months ago, has filed to run for that seat in the Nov. 2 election. Mattingly will be running against Mike Cecil, who had already filed.

    In District Five, board chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew is facing a challenge from Ed Hacker.

  • Loretto man arrested for cruelty to animals, conspiracy to promote gambling

    Thomas R. Butler of Loretto was one of nine people arrested Saturday in Edmonson County after police raided a cockfighting ring in Brownsville. He was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and conspiracy to promote gambling.

  • Wreck on US 150 kills E'town man

    A four-vehicle accident Friday morning on US 150 between Bardstown and Springfield has claimed the life of Victor Walters, 45, of Elizabethtown.

    Walters was killed when the 2001 Honda he was driving was hit by a tractor-trailer driven by Stephen Sizemore, 54, of Somerset. According to a report by Kentucky State Police, Sizemore had fallen asleep at the wheel of the 1999 Peterbilt semi truck.