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  • Stacey Hall chosen to lead MCHS

    About a year after its initial search, the Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council has selected Stacey Hall as the school's next principal.

    Hall has worked at MCHS for the past five years. He is an assistant principal and the athletics director at the school.

    The five members of the site-based council voted unanimously to approve Hall to serve as the principal starting with the 2011-12 academic year. Martha Ann Mattingly recently resigned from the council.

    Hall will officially take over as principal on July 1.

  • MCHS site-based council meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday

    The Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council is scheduled to have a special-called meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the high school library.

    The council is expected to announce the next high school principal during this meeting.

  • Mordecai's On Main Restaurant owners to open restaurant in Lebanon

    Keith and Taylora Schlosser, owners of Mordecai's On Main Restaurant in Springfield, signed a contract with Citizens National Bank in Lebanon Friday, May 20, to purchase the building, which formerly housed The Oak Barrel and Murphy's Furniture in downtown Lebanon.

    "I'm just thrilled," Taylora said Friday morning, shortly after signing the contract.

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m. May 19

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    - Minutes of the May 5 meeting

    - Contract for AOCT use allowance for Court Square for Fiscal Year 2011-12

    - Bids for illegal/abandoned dump site clean up

    - Bids for biometric access control system for Marion County Detention Center

    - Request for funds from MC Area Technology Center for HOSA students national competition

    - Department reports

  • Tourism commission to meet May 18

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission will meet in a special-called meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.

    The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the May/June marketing plan for the commission.

  • Rejuvenated

    A few years ago, Peggy Downs went to New Orleans to assist families who were recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Later, she went to Belize where she helped build a house for a family.

    Last month, she returned from a trip to Botswana, where she was part of a group of nine people who helped repaint schools and provided companionship to individuals infected with HIV.

  • Music, food featured at festival this weekend

    The Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest is back for a second year, but visitors can expect some noticeable changes from last year, according to event organizer Kenny Marrett.

    "It's a totally different event," Marrett said. "Last year was just a teaser."

    The festival will still include bourbon, barbecue and music, but the event will be on a bigger scale.

    Visitors 21 and older will have the opportunity to sample products by Maker's Mark and Jim Beam.

  • Marion County Judge-Executive takes the stand

    By Jennifer Hewlett

    The Lexington Herald-Leader

    Courtroom spectators sobbed as Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly Jr. described in Fayette Circuit Court on Monday the final 47 days of his 23-year-old son's life.

    John Graves Mattingly III had been shot in the head after robbers invaded his home on Wilson Street in Lexington on May 25, 2006. He never regained consciousness and died July 10, 2006, Mattingly Jr. said.

  • Board approves Phoenix trip for girls basketball team

    The Marion County Board of Education typically approves items on its consent agenda with limited discussion, but that wasn't the case during the May 10 board meeting.

    Vice-Chairman Ed Hacker initially made a motion to approve the consent items, with one exception, a proposed trip by the girls basketball team to play in the Nike Tournament of Champions, Dec. 18-23, in Phoenix, Ariz.

  • JROTC students pursuing CERT program

    In the event of another ice storm or a repeat of last year's flooding, it would be nice if the community had a group of citizens trained to assist with basic first aid and food distribution. According to Brian Bailey, a member of the Marion County High School JROTC, that is possible.

    Bailey spoke to the Marion County Board of Education during its May 10 meeting about creating a Community Emergency Response Team.