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  • Small fire damages warmer at high school

    Marion County High School students were evacuated from the building temporarily Monday morning due to a small fire in the cafeteria. No one was injured, and the fire was contained quickly, according to Principal Mike Abell.
    He added that they evacuated the school as a precaution.
    “It looks like it was a transformer on the side of a warmer,” Abell said.
    He said fire could be seen on the side of the warmer. The staff responded by unplugging the machine, and a custodian used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, according to Abell.

  • Students up to the challenge at LES
  • Musicians, composers connect at Motherhouse

    George Katehis walked down the drive leading to the Loretto Motherhouse last week, and he took a moment to reflect on where he was.
    “This is just a really inspiring place to be, regardless of one’s spirituality,” he said. “It’s a perfect place to write.”
    Katehis, 24, of New York was one of three young composers selected to participate in the inaugural Loretto Project, a composition seminar coordinated by Longleash, a piano trio based in New York.

  • Bell Hollow Road resident gets diversion for criminal mischief, wanton endangerment

    William C. Anzelmo, 33, of 19 Bell Hollow Road in Lebanon received five years of pretrial diversion in Marion Circuit Court recently for first-degree criminal mischief (two counts), first-degree wanton endangerment (two counts) and tampering with physical evidence. He was ordered to pay $1,300 in restitution, a $65 fee and $175 court costs.
    Anzelmo was originally indicted for second-degree arson, but that charge was amended to first-degree criminal mischief.

  • School tax rate hearing set for Aug. 27

    After more than two hours of discussions in executive session that spanned two meetings, the Marion County Board of Education concluded its summative evaluation of Superintendent Taylora Schlosser Thursday evening, Aug. 13.
    And the board thinks she’s doing well, based on the statement issued at the Aug. 13 meeting.
    “The board met in closed session and we are pleased to render an evaluation rating of 3.64. This equates to an evaluation between excellent and outstanding,” Board Chairman Mike Cecil read from the joint statement.

  • ‘Built on solid ground’

    As they have done for at least two centuries, Catholics gathered in Lebanon Saturday evening to worship. On Aug. 15, St. Augustine also celebrated its 200th anniversary with a Mass presided over by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville and concelebrated by more than a dozen priests and deacons.
    In his homily, Kurtz reminded a church filled (and overflowing into the parish center) that their roots go back much more than the 200 years that the parish has existed. They started more than 2,000 years ago by Jesus.

  • 70th anniversary of the end of World War II

    Lebanon National Cemetery hosted a wreath-laying ceremony on Friday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The war ended with the Japanese surrender on Aug. 15, 1945.

  • School board: Superintendent "between excellent and outstanding”

    After more than two hours of discussions in executive session that spanned two meetings, the Marion County Board of Education concluded its summative evaluation of Superintendent Taylora Schlosser on Aug. 13.

    And the board thinks she’s doing well, based on the statement issued at the of the Aug. 13 meeting.

    “The board met in closed session and we are pleased to render an evaluation rating of 3.64. This equates to an evaluation between excellent and outstanding,” Board Chairman Mike Cecil read from the joint statement.

  • School board meets Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the board office. The agenda appears below.

    I. Call to Order

    II. Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence

    III. Communications

    - Superintendent report 

    - ACT scores presentation

    - Finance report

    - Upcoming tax rates

    - School donations

    IV. Student Learning Services

  • Loretto Project celebrates contemporary music

    Three public musical performances are scheduled to take place at the Loretto Motherhouse Aug. 12-16 as part of The Loretto Project.
    Cellist and Kentucky native John Popham and violinist Pala Garcia created the project to celebrate the history of American contemporary music. The project includes public performances and a composition workshop featuring a master class and premieres of participants’ work.