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  • Graduation, last day of school decided

    The last day of school for Marion County students will be Friday, May 29.

    Judy Gaddie, the director of pupil personnel, said during the April 14 Marion County Board of Education meeting that the district would request a waiver from the state so students will not have to be in school Monday, June 1.

    The last day for teachers will be Wednesday, June 3.

    During the same meeting, the board also set the high school graduation for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30.

  • Graduation, last day of school decided

    The last day of school for Marion County students will be Friday, May 29.

    Judy Gaddie, the director of pupil personnel, said during the April 14 Marion County Board of Education meeting that the district would request a waiver from the state so students will not have to be in school Monday, June 1.

    The last day for teachers will be Wednesday, June 3.

    During the same meeting, the board also set the high school graduation for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30. 

  • 'Sister Rose' leaving St. A

    Sr. Rose Riley knew a long time ago that she wanted to become a nun. Even then, she knew if she became a nun, it would mean a career in education.

    She actually had two reasons she wanted to achieve this career goal.

    "I wanted it so I could have a long dress with huge pockets and so I could write on the blackboard," Riley said.

    For the record, she was 8 years old when she came up with these reasons.

    And the "long dress" was a nun's habit, by the way.

  • Crenshaw still recovering after blood clot

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw was still recovering in Norton's Hospital in Louisville as of press time after suffering a pulmonary embolism recently.

    The pulmonary embolism, which is a sudden blockage in a lung artery, was more than likely a result of knee surgery Crenshaw had recently.

  • County looking into horse situation

    Marion County Sheriff Carroll Kirkland reported to the fiscal court April 16 that he had received repeated calls about possible horse neglect on Sulpher Lick Road.

    According to Kirkland, he had received repeated reports about horses being kept at 1585 Sulpher Lick Road.

    He added that he had not been authorized to remove the horses, and he could not without court authority. 

  • Next superintendent's college coaching ended with controversy

    Donald Smith is set to make history as the next superintendent of Marion County Public Schools.

    He will be the first African-American male to become a superintendent in the history of the state of Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.

    But in addition to his academic background, Smith also served as the head football coach at Kentucky State University for three seasons, 2001-03.

  • Civil War officer to be honored Sunday at the national cemetery

     At 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Major William H. Fiddler will be honored at the Lebanon National Cemetery.

    Fiddler was a field and staff officer for the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Calvary, and his body was never found after the SS Sultana, a paddlewheel steamboat exploded April 27, 1865. More than 2,200 Union soldier were on the steamboat that day.

    The program for the stone dedication will open with a musical selection by John Kalbfleisch, the senior vice commander of the E.P. Marrs Camp #5 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

  • Changes coming to high school

    The announcement about the next superintendent wasn't the only news from the April 14 Marion County Board of Education meeting.

    Marion County High School Principal Taylor Schlosser and assistant principals Stacey Hall and Tammy Newcome spoke to the board about changes planned for next year.

  • Smith makes history

    Donald Smith impressed members of the Marion County Board of Education with his energy and enthusiasm, and last week, they voted unanimously to offer him the chance to become the next superintendent of Marion County Public Schools.

    "The decision wasn't easy," board member Joe F. Mattingly said, "and there will be those in the district who will question our decision."

    But Mattingly was comfortable with the outcome of the superintendent search.

  • Drug testing for students proposed

    Lisa Eubanks spoke with the board of education on behalf of the Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition about forming a committee to look at drug intervention programs for youth.

    Board chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew said she would like board members and Donald Smith to review the information provided about drug intervention. Smith has been selected to succeed Roger Marcum as the next superintendent of Marion County schools.

    Part of the discussion included the possibility of drug testing for students, particularly those involved in extracurricular activities.