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  • Next superintendent to speak Friday

    Donald Smith will be the guest speaker at the Marion County Industrial Foundation's First Friday Forum this Friday, May 1.

    Smith has been selected to become the next Marion County Public School superintendent. Smith will replace outgoing superintendent Roger Marcum.

    Smith will take over the position July 1.

    Smith's talk will be held at noon Friday on the third floor of the David Hourigan Government Administrative Building. 

  • Oaks brunch canceled

    Maker's Mark has hosted a brunch at its distillery on Kentucky Oaks Day, but this year's event, which would have been held Friday, has been canceled.

    According to the "non-invite", Maker's Mark CEO Bill Samuels Jr. is suffering "post-traumatic hind-end discomfort" following the Kentucky General Assembly's decision to raise the tax on alcohol earlier this year.

    The state legislature approved a 6 percent sales tax increase on retail sales of alcoholic beverages. The new tax took effect April 1. 

  • State police seeking murder suspect

    The Kentucky State Police are seeking Robert De Jesus Gomez on suspicion of murder.   Gomez is between 5'5" and 5'8" and has black hair and brown eyes.   He was involved in an altercation with Jorge Gomez April 26.

  • Historic Penn's Store hosts annual writers celebration

    The annual Kentucky Writers Day Celebration will feature noted writers, authors, poets and songwriters who will gather to read and perform their own work, as well as the work of others at various venues throughout the Lebanon region.   Headquarters for the event will be the Historic Penn's Store located at 257 Penn's Store Road, in Gravel Switch.   Celebrating the birthday of Kentucky poet, novelist and literary critic Robert Penn Warren, the festival will kick off on Friday, April 24, at Big Jim's Steakhouse and Buffet in Leban

  • Graduation, last day of school decided

    The last day of school for Marion County students will be Friday, May 29.

    Judy Gaddie, the director of pupil personnel, said during the April 14 Marion County Board of Education meeting that the district would request a waiver from the state so students will not have to be in school Monday, June 1.

    The last day for teachers will be Wednesday, June 3.

    During the same meeting, the board also set the high school graduation for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30.

  • Graduation, last day of school decided

    The last day of school for Marion County students will be Friday, May 29.

    Judy Gaddie, the director of pupil personnel, said during the April 14 Marion County Board of Education meeting that the district would request a waiver from the state so students will not have to be in school Monday, June 1.

    The last day for teachers will be Wednesday, June 3.

    During the same meeting, the board also set the high school graduation for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30. 

  • 'Sister Rose' leaving St. A

    Sr. Rose Riley knew a long time ago that she wanted to become a nun. Even then, she knew if she became a nun, it would mean a career in education.

    She actually had two reasons she wanted to achieve this career goal.

    "I wanted it so I could have a long dress with huge pockets and so I could write on the blackboard," Riley said.

    For the record, she was 8 years old when she came up with these reasons.

    And the "long dress" was a nun's habit, by the way.

  • Crenshaw still recovering after blood clot

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw was still recovering in Norton's Hospital in Louisville as of press time after suffering a pulmonary embolism recently.

    The pulmonary embolism, which is a sudden blockage in a lung artery, was more than likely a result of knee surgery Crenshaw had recently.

  • County looking into horse situation

    Marion County Sheriff Carroll Kirkland reported to the fiscal court April 16 that he had received repeated calls about possible horse neglect on Sulpher Lick Road.

    According to Kirkland, he had received repeated reports about horses being kept at 1585 Sulpher Lick Road.

    He added that he had not been authorized to remove the horses, and he could not without court authority. 

  • Next superintendent's college coaching ended with controversy

    Donald Smith is set to make history as the next superintendent of Marion County Public Schools.

    He will be the first African-American male to become a superintendent in the history of the state of Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.

    But in addition to his academic background, Smith also served as the head football coach at Kentucky State University for three seasons, 2001-03.