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  • Library hosting Authors Day on Saturday

    The Marion County Public Library will be hosting an Authors Day from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11.
    Several authors with Marion County ties will be present and will be selling copies of their books. A portion of the sales will go to the Marion County Friends of the Library.
    The writers scheduled to appear include:
    • Nathaniel    Weathers - The Writing Ideal, Comatose: A Novelette, The Dark Nemesis
    • Dan and Nick Thompson - Thompson Family History, Stories For Rednecks, Tomahawk Trail

  • MCHS graduation will be Friday, May 29

    Marion County High School students will be graduating on a Friday evening this year.
    The MCHS Site-Based Decision Making Council voted to set graduation at 7 p.m. May 29 during its meeting Thursday, according to Principal Mike Abell.
    “We knew any way we go, some people were going to be unhappy,” Abell said.
    The district conducted a phone survey of parents, asking if they would prefer to have graduation Friday evening, May 29, or Saturday morning, May 30. Abell said about 60 percent of the respondents preferred Friday evening.

  • Library partners with Driving-Tests.org

    Marion County Public Library has started a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free DMV practice tests to library patrons.
    The service includes free tests, written specifically based on state DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.

  • Committee to review school board public comment policy

    The Marion County Board of Education has created a committee to review its existing public comments policy, and that committee held its first meeting on April 2.
    Last week’s meeting was primarily an organizational meeting, according to school board member Kaelin Reed, who has been an advocate for changing the policy.
    Daniel Beams was elected as the committee chairman. He is the director of the 21st Century Learning Center.

  • Reward offered for stolen bush hog

    On April 3, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the theft of a Woods Model DS120 Rotary Cutter bush hog, valued at $7,000, from a farm at 251 Campbell Lane, approximately two miles west of Lebanon.
    The sheriff's office reported that the theft is believed to have occurred before April 1. Anyone with information related to this crime are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 270-692-3051. Deputy Sheriff Courtney Deering is investigating.

  • KBT concert is Saturday evening

    The Kentucky Baroque Trumpets will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at St. Augustine Church with special guest John Foster from Australia.

  • County drops 14 spots in health rankings

    Marion County is the 57th healthiest county in Kentucky. That is down from 43rd in 2014, according to the latest county health rankings released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
    That doesn’t mean the report was all bad news.

  • Easter fun at the library

    The Marion County Public Library hosted an Easter egg hunt, along with Easter arts and crafts and a special story about an Easter cat last week. The stormy weather kept many children and their parents from attending, so the kiddos who did attend hit the jackpot in the candy department!

  • One step at a time

    Last Easter, chocolate and eggs were the last thing Kyle Edlin and his family were thinking about.
    Kyle, now 18, was a patient at University Hospital in Louisville, where he was recovering from multiple injuries, including a partially amputated left leg, two broken femurs and a crushed pelvis. He also suffered damage to arteries, veins and his lungs and received a laceration on his upper left leg.

  • Truck, garage damaged in fire

    One dog proved he was man's best friend on Monday. Greg Lee said he was sleeping when he heard a thud and his dog, Jaxx LaDoux, started going crazy.
    Jaxx, a pitbull, kept trying to get Lee's attention until he got up. When he looked out the window, he saw his truck and his car were on fire.
    "Everything was already ablaze," Lee said.