Local News

  • Site-based council today to discuss principal candidates

    The Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council met Monday to discuss the finalists for the vacant high school principal's seat. At the end of the day, they asked Superintendent Donald Smith to appoint an interim principal.

    Diane Evans, who was previously appointed as the interim principal, will remain in that position for the time being, according to Smith.

    The site-based council is scheduled to meet again Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 5:30 p.m.

  • School board evaluates itself

    Two weeks after they evaluated Superintendent Donald Smith's performance during his first year on the job, the Marion County Board of Education took a look at itself, specifically how well its members work together.

    On July 20, the board held a special-called meeting to conduct the evaluation. The board looked into 11 areas - objectives, roles, participation, problem definition, conflict management, personal openness, mutual support/teamwork, follow-up, decision making, planning and delegation.

    Overall, the board members gave themselves positive marks.

  • Lebanon man dies in accident on Hwy. 208

    A Lebanon man died as a result of a motorcycle collision Saturday morning.

    Jerry Sallee, 53, was driving a 1981 Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on KY 208. At approximately 10:30 a.m., the motorcycle dropped off the right shoulder about two miles west of Lebanon. The motorcycle collided with a guardrail and overturned.

    Sallee was transported to Spring View Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Kentucky State Trooper David Smith is investigating the accident.

    Campbell-DeWitt Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of the arrangements.

  • Traffic signal coming to Hwy. 49, bypass

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials announced last week that a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Hwy. 49 and the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway (the Lebanon bypass).

    Engineers for the cabinet estimated that a sensor-controlled signal will be working by the middle of August.

  • History of Success

    A man can do a lot in 50 years. Salem George - "Dr. Salem" to his patients - has cared for generations of families from Marion County, quite literally. "I've delivered ladies, delivered their daughters and delivered their grandchildren," George said. In fact, George estimated that he has delivered more than 6,000 babies in his career as a physician. Of course that's not all he's done, but he may not have done it here, in Marion County, if not for a few unexpected changes along the way. George grew up in Louisville.

  • Helping hands

    A group of volunteers spent last week making repairs at 14 sites in Marion County.   The volunteers were participating in the summer program for Kentucky Heartland Outreach, a program of Campbellsville University.

  • Education briefs

    Summer reading program reward...

    Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith initiated a summer reading program this year and the students and volunteers who have participated are going to get a special reward, Smith told members of the Marion County Board of Education last week.

    Students and volunteers have been invited to go to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game tomorrow, July 22, as a reward for their participation.

  • 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.