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  • County may take over dead-animal pick-up

    The Marion County Fiscal Court spent more than an hour Monday afternoon discussing its options for dealing with dead animals. No decisions were made, but the magistrates spoke favorably of having the county take over dead animal removal.

    The county has not had dead animal removal since its private service provider suspended its service Feb. 27.

  • Junior Mister is Saturday at MCHS

    The Marion County High School Beta Club is pleased to present the 4th annual Marion County Junior Mister Pageant this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Roby Dome.   This amusing event is held each year to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. There are 15 young men competing in this year's program who will perform fitness, poise, and talent presentations. For a price of $5, audience members will enjoy Saturday Night Fever and get to cheer on their favorite participants. Tickets will be sold at the door.

  • Interviews with the finalists started Monday

    March Madness in Marion County started with the announcement that 15 candidates had applied to replace outgoing Superintendent Roger Marcum.

    Last week, the Marion County Board of Education received recommendations from the superintendent screening committee, and Thursday, the board announced it plans to interview Lisa Carroll, Chuck Hamilton, Ed Musgrove and Donald Smith.

    The first interview was held Monday, March 23, with Hamilton.

    Musgrove will be interviewed March 26. Carroll will be interviewed March 30, and Smith will be interviewed March 31.

  • Ice storm brought out 'community'

    Local government officials, emergency responders, hospital and nursing home representatives and utility company employees attended a March 17 meeting at the David R. Hourigan Government Center regarding the response to the recent ice storm.

    "The best thing is this showed that we, as a community, could pull together to take care of others," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said at the opening of the meeting.

  • "This profession chose me instead of me choosing it."

    Chuck Helm remembers his first call as an emergency responder. He was fresh out of high school when he joined the Adair County Rescue Squad.

    "In 1978, we didn't have the radio communications and technology we have today," he said. "You were notified by somebody calling on the phone."

    That first call was in response to a 17-year-old boy who had drowned in a creek.

    "I found the body and pulled it out," Helm said.

    He remembers seeing the family's reaction, and it left an impression on him that he'll never forget.

  • Fiscal court makes history museum proposal

    A short-handed Marion County Fiscal Court made a decision last week that could impact the proposed Marion County history museum. Magistrates John Arthur Elder III and Steve Masterson were not present for the March 19 meeting.

    Following a recommendation by Marion County Judge/Executive John G.

  • Fiscal court to discuss dead animal removal Monday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has scheduled  a special-called meeting to discuss and possibly take action regarding dead animal removal within the county.

    The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The county has not had dead animal removal since Feb. 27, when Nation Brothers ended its service in Marion and 21 other counties in response to an FDA regulation that will increase the cost of rendering animals.

  • Four finalists named for superintendent position

    The Marion County Board of Education has announced the four finalists to replace outgoing Superintendent Roger Marcum.

  • Cut for a Cause

    Justin Craig sat still in the barber's chair and waited as the stylist shaved his head bald.

    His mother, Martha Mattingly, was a few feet away, taking photographs through the tears of pride welling up in her eyes.

     

  • More than 800 unemployed in Marion County

    When Rancho Poultry announced it would be opening a chicken processing plant in Marion County last year, Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund hailed it as an example of diversification in the local economy.

    "I've been saying for 15 years, if anything happened to the auto industry our economy in Lebanon will suffer," Lund said in an interview last month.

    There's no question that something is happening in the auto industry, and it hasn't been good news, at least not recently.