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  • Budget cuts could have domino effect on local schools

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special called meeting for May 25, at 6 p.m., with the intent of approving a budget for the Marion County Public School System. While the state is still without a budget, Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith and the leadership staff are working to have a game plan for not only next school year, but also the 2011-12 school year.

    "It's going to be some tough times in years 11 and 12 so we're trying to brace for it now," Smith said.

  • Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, and the administration building, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda for the special-called meeting includes the following items:

    - School Technology Leadership Program state award winners

    - Superintendent's report

    - Consider approval of the tentative 2010-11 budget

    - Consider approval of job descriptions

    - Approve minutes of  previous meeting

  • Marion County approved for individual assistance after flooding

    President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in Kentucky May 11 in the aftermath of flooding, mudslides and tornadoes that occurred throughout the state May 1-2. With that initial declaration, federal funding to individuals was approved for eight counties: Casey, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Metcalfe, Rockcastle, Rowan, and Woodford counties.

    Monday, May 17, nine more counties were approved for individual assistance. Marion, Adair, Bath, Boyd, Carter, Franklin, Greenup, Madison and Mercer counties are the latest counties approved.

  • Officer suspended pending theft case

    An April 19 incident involving a Lebanon Police officer at Higdon's Foodtown IGA is under investigation.

    A uniform citation by a Kentucky State Trooper reads that Jeffrey Waters, 45, of 182 Hamilton Heights allegedly put four no-bake cookies into a bag and only paid for two cookies. A May 5 summons reads that Waters is accused of two counts of theft by deception. The summons accused Waters of obtaining merchandise from Higdon's IGA by "creating a false impression the packaging of other items purchased also included the merchandise unlawfully taken."

  • Clements is voted sheriff

    Jimmy Clements defeated Carroll Kirkland for the Marion County sheriff's seat by 1,030 votes in the May 18 primary. Clements received 3,173 votes to Kirkland's 2,143 votes.

    Clements won 59.69 percent of the vote after a very heated campaign with incumbent Carroll Kirkland, who has been the sheriff since 1996. The sheriff's race wasn't the only intense contest on the ballot, however.

  • Coleman not guilty of felony murder

    A Davidson County, Tenn., jury Thursday declared Washington County native Vanessa Coleman not guilty in one death, and a facilitator in another that resulted from a series of crimes involving a Knox County, Tenn., couple.

    Coleman, a 2006 Washington County High School graduate, was arrested Jan. 31, 2007, and faced numerous charges in relation to the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and Chris Newsom, 23, in Knoxville.

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 20. The agenda for today's meeting is as follows:

    - Consider/Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting

    - Consider/Approval of MOA Amendments with Ky. Heritage Land Conservation Fund/WCA

    - Consider/Approval of AOC Reimbursement/Allowance agreement for Use of Court Facilities

    - Consider/Approval of Agriculture District Request

    - Consider/Approval of Road Salt "Reverse Auction" Bid Submission

  • Former superintendent has died

    Robert "Happy" Osborne, a former superintendent of Marion County Public Schools, died May 4.

    He was 72 years old.

    Osborne worked in public education for 35 years, including 12 years as the Marion County superintendent.

    "He was very proud to be called Happy," said Ernest Taylor, who held a variety of positions in Marion County Schools under Osborne.

    Taylor described Osborne as a unique individual who had a lot of great ideas for the district, although sometimes those ideas and how he implemented them caused some issues with others.

  • Rising against the flood waters

    May 2 was supposed to be a special day for the Bradys. Karen and Chris's oldest daughter, Kayla, 8, was making her First Communion at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. The Bradys log cabin, located off Hwy. 208, behind the former Calvary Store, had been decorated for a party after the big event.

    But instead of celebrating Kayla's big day, the Bradys got a lesson in what it means to be part of a small community.

  • Democratic Senate candidate questionnaire: Darlene Price

    Darlene Fitzgerald Price

    Address: P.O. Box 279, Whitley City, KY 42653

    Date of birth: 10-07-61

    Family information: I am a native Kentuckian and a happily married, 48-year-old mother and grandmother. I come from a proud family of cops, union (blue collar) workers and four generations of veterans who served in WWI, WWII, Korean War and the Vietnam War. This includes my son who just joined the U.S. Navy.