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  • New positions added to central office staff

    The Marion County Board of Education dealt with a lot during its two-hour meeting on June 11, including the superintendent's residency (see related story, page A1), creating new positions in central office and drug testing for staff and students.
    In previous meetings, board members expressed concerns about administrators taking on too many roles. Last week, they voted to create three new positions — chief operations officer, director of early childhood education and school nutrition program director.

  • Super doesn’t have to move

    Last year, three members of the board of education voted to give Superintendent Taylora Schlosser an additional 18 months to establish a residence in Marion County. Thursday, those three members voted to remove the residency clause from her contract.
    The 3-2 decision means that Schlosser, who resides in Washington County, will not be required to move to Marion County as a condition of serving as superintendent.

  • MCHS student selected for arts program

    Adria Whitfill of Marion County High School is one of 256 students taking part in the Governor’s School for the Arts from June 21 to July 11 at the Kentucky Center at Centre College.
    During their three-week stay, student artists from 47 counties will be immersed in daily seminars, master-classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions.
    Instruction will be offered in architecture and design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art and vocal music.

  • Loretto family loses home to fire

    Losing their home to fire last week has been a “humbling experience” for a Loretto family.
    Fortunately, no one was injured as the result of the fire, which occurred Tuesday morning, June 16, but the fire destroyed the home located at 4255 Hwy. 52, which belonged to Jason and Amanda Beard.
    “This was a tragedy but really has helped me see how wonderful humans can be,” Beard told the Enterprise Monday afternoon.
    According to Lebanon Police Dispatch, a call was received at 8:29 a.m. reporting a house was on fire.

  • Sheriff investigating break-in attempt at St. Joe Grocery

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted break-in at the St. Joe Grocery.

    Store employees arrived at 6:25 a.m. June 13 and found the front door glass had been shattered. According to the sheriff's office, It is believed a rock found near the door was used to break the glass, although there was no indication that anyone entered the store.

    Evidence collected at the scene and store video are being reviewed in hopes of identifying the person or persons involved in this crime.

  • School board removes residency requirement for superintendent

    The Marion County Board of Education tackled a variety of issues during its June 11 meeting, including changing a requirement in Superintendent Taylora Schlosser's contract.

    The board voted 3-2 in favor of removing a residency requirement from Schlosser's contract. Chairman Mike Cecil and board members Butch Cecil and Rev. DeLane Pinkston supported amending the contract. Board members Jerry Evans and Kaelin Reed opposed the change.

  • Student, staff drug testing and superintendent's residency requirement on school board agenda

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the board office.

    The agenda includes discussions of student and staff drug testing and a proposal to amend the superintendent's contract to remove the residency requirement.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    I. Call to order

    II. Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    III. Amend agenda 

    IV. Communications

    - Superintendent report 

  • Meth found in Mack Brady Road home

    While serving warrants at a residence in Jessietown on June 3, Marion County Sheriff Deputies found meth and a Lebanon has been arrested.
    According to a media release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, at 9:50 p.m., June 3, deputies were serving warrants at a residence on Mack Brady Road when they found approximately three grams of meth inside of the residence. Michael W. Hill Sr., 52, of Lebanon was arrested on a warrant for probation violation out of Marion County and a warrant for theft by deception out of Taylor County. No other arrests were made.

  • Bargain hunter's paradise

    On Saturday morning, Arlene Mullins and Lorene Pittman were in Kroger parking lot looking over a selection of children’s clothing.
    Mullins said they were on the lookout for anything and everything.
    “Anything cheap, and we found more than we need,” she said.
    Like thousands of people, they were out looking for a good deal during the annual 400 Mile Sale, a yard sale event that spans the Bluegrass State along US 68.
    “I love yard sales,” Pittman said. “You never know what you can find.”

  • Free English-language courses available for library patrons

    Marion County Public Library has partnered with Basic ESL to offer online English learning courses to its patrons hassle free.
    Basic ESL is an English Learning System built on an educational model that has been facilitating English as a second language (ESL) education in the United States school and library systems for more than 15 years. The founders of Basic ESL, Inc. are innovators of English learning systems, and experts in the development and delivery of internet application platforms.