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  • Text of the President's address to schoolchildren

    Hello, everybody! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. All right, everybody go ahead and have a seat. How is everybody doing today? (Applause.) How about Tim Spicer? (Applause.) I am here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we've got students tuning in from all across America, from kindergarten through 12th grade. And I am just so glad that all could join us today. And I want to thank Wakefield for being such an outstanding host. Give yourselves a big round of applause.

  • Higdon announces intent to file for Senate seat

    The Kentucky Court of Justice last week posted a notice of vacancy for the judge's seat in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division One. The 11th Judicial Circuit includes Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties. According to the notice, the vacancy was created when Judge Doughlas George resigned from that position Jan. 31. George will continue to fill that seat as a senior judge until a replacement is named. On a related note, State Rep. Jimmy Higdon issued a statement Monday that "there is a good chance that Sen.

  • Head of the pack

    Astounding. That's the word Joanne Lang, executive director of AdvanceKy, used to describe Marion County High School's performance in an effort that was initiated two years ago to boost advanced-placement class participation. In two years, MCHS experienced a 121 percent increase in its passing scores in AP math, science and English. "That is one piece of work. I can tell you," Lang told the Marion County Board of Education last week at its regular monthly meeting.

  • 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.