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  • Industrial foundation reports on 2009

    The Marion County Industrial Foundation presented its annual report Feb. 4 to the Marion County Fiscal Court and Feb. 8 to the Lebanon City Council.

    According to the report, Marion County received good news in 2009 in spite of the down economy. Local industries Angell-Demmel, Curtis Maruyasu, Wilbert Custom Plastics and Summa Technology all announced plans to expand.

  • Accepting RACHEL's CHALLENGE

    Craig Scott issued a challenge to local middle and high school students Monday.

    It's a message Scott has delivered hundreds of times to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of students around the country. It's a message that was inspired by his own experience as one of the survivors of the Columbine High School shootings that took place April 20, 1999.

    And it was also inspired by his sister, Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first person killed that day.

    "She believed that no great person has ever done anything great on their own," Scott said.

  • City agrees to hire lobbyist

    The Lebanon City Council voted 5-0 Monday to help the Marion County Fiscal Court hire a lobbyist in Frankfort. While they aren't the first city or county to employ a legislative agent, this is the first time the two local governing bodies have done so.

    City Councilman Bill Pickerill was not present at Monday's meeting.

  • Ready to listen and learn

    The day after he won the special election for the 24th District state representative seat, Terry Mills was enjoying a break after 28 straight days of campaigning and catching up on some housework.

    "I'm happy I can take a day and kind of relax," he said.

    But Mills, 59, didn't get to rest for long.

    Monday morning, the Secretary of State's office certified the election results, and Mills was sworn in as the state's newest state representative that afternoon.

  • City, county seek grant for fire training facility

    The Marion County fire departments are seeking grant funding to build a fire training facility.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has agreed to serve as the depository for the grant funds if it is approved.

    The estimated cost to construct the facility is $155,000. The proposal includes a drill tower, a burn/smoke building and a multi-purpose building.

  • Mills swearing in Monday

    Terry Mills was elected Feb. 2 to become the next 24th District state representative.

    The Secretary of State's Office is expected to certify the election Monday, Feb. 8, and Mills expects to be sworn in on the floor of the House of Representatives in Frankfort at 4 that afternoon.

    However, Mills has also scheduled a ceremonial swearing in for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the St. Joe Community Center.

  • Saying good-bye to Mattingly

    School Board member Joe Mattingly resigned from his position last week after his daughter, Christina L. McRay, was hired as the assistant principal at Marion County High School. Under KRS 160.180, individuals who have a relative working for the school district may not serve on the school board. Relative is defined in this section as a father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law or daughter-in-law.

    Board chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew and Superintendent Donald Smith thanked Mattingly for his years of service during the Jan.

  • Mills wins tight race

    Terry Mills of Lebanon will be the next state representative from the 24th District.

    Mills won a closely contested special election Feb. 2. He will succeed Jimmy Higdon as the representative for Casey and Marion counties and part of Pulaski County.

    Mills received 3,001 votes to Johnson's 2,518 votes, according to the unofficial totals on the Secretary of State's website.

    Out of 26,141 registered voters in the district, 5,519 cast ballots. That is a turnout of 21.1 percent, according to the Secretary of State's office.

  • Is a lobbyist in city's, county's future?

    When Tom Lund visited the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Jan. 21 meeting, he had one request - that the county consider hiring a lobbyist in Frankfort.

    Specifically, Lund was asking if the county would split with the City of Lebanon the cost of hiring Karen Thomas-Lentz to advocate on their behalf at a cost of $20,000 a year. Lund is the executive director of the Marion County Economic Development Office and manages the Marion County Industrial Foundation.

  • Schools trying to close the gaps

    Closing the achievement gap is an ongoing goal for the Marion County School District, and local schools got a closer look at what gaps exist among their student body recently when test scores were released.

    While the playing field has changed - the CATS (Commonwealth Accountability Testing System) is no longer in existence - Senate Bill 168 requires all schools to analyze test data and identify achievement gaps among subpopulations of students.