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  • Board approves superintendent's use of vehicle

    The parameters of Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith's use of a board-owned vehicle were spelled out more clearly at the Marion County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting last week.

  • Hazardous weather outlook issued by NWS

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Marion County. The warning remains in effect until 7:45 p.m. this evening. At 4:45 p.m., law enforcement reported that a car was swept off of a bridge on Shortline Pike by flowing water. Up to another inch of rain is possible this evening.  As a precaution, the National Weather Service advises that people should not drive their vehicles into areas where water covers the roadway.

  • Be counted

    The federal government distributes approximately $300 billion annually to local communities for a variety of programs, and census data is an important factor in determining where that money goes.

    That's one reason why Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly is encouraging all local residents to participate in the 2010 Census when the forms arrive in the mail next year.

    "I can't overemphasize the value to communities to have a good physical count of who you have that you need to provide services for," Mattingly said.

  • City council scheduled to meet Monday evening

    The Lebanon City Council will hold a special-called meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 14.

    The agenda for the meeting includes two items.

    First, the city council is scheduled to discuss the fee schedule for use of Centre Square.

  • In brief items: County to pursue late sanitation bills

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is ready to pursue legal action against some businesses that have outstanding sanitation bills. The magistrates voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to file legal action.

    "The point is everyone needs to pay," Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers said.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly presented the fiscal court with a list of seven businesses that owe more than $24,000 combined in unpaid bills.

    The businesses are:

    - Majestic Carpets, $10,408

  • Local students participate in GSP program

    Four Marion County students joined more than 1,000 students from across the state to participate in Kentucky's Governor's Scholars Program this summer. The students spent five weeks on a college campus during the program, which this year was held at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Morehead State University in Morehead and Centre College in Danville.

  • Special city council meeting Thursday

    The Lebanon City Council has scheduled a special-called meeting at noon Thursday at city hall to approve the second reading of its tax rate ordinance.

    Tuesday, the city council approved the first reading of its tax rate ordinance. The council held a public hearing before its Tuesday meeting, but no comments were made during that hearing.

  • Fire will not affect production at NSU

    Firefighters from every department in Marion County responded to a fire reported at NSU Tuesday evening.

    The Lebanon Police Department received a call at 8:04 p.m. reporting that a thermal oil tank had caught fire at the NSU plant, located at  755 Industrial Drive in Lebanon.

    Firefighters were still on the scene as of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday evening. Marion County EMS was also at the scene.

  • Loretto man's drug conviction overturned

    John E. Clark, 50, of 15 Cissell Road in Loretto had a conviction on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia reversed by the Court of Appeals.

    As a result, all charges against Clark were dismissed based on a Court of Appeals order suppressing all evidence in this case.

  • School board, superintendent respond to lawsuit

    Superintendent Donald Smith and the Marion County Board of Education are seeking a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by employee Martha Spalding.

    Spalding was offered a contract as a classified employee for the 2009-10 school year, but she argued in her complaint that she should have been offered a certified contract. (A previous news item about the lawsuit incorrectly stated that Spalding was no longer an employee.)