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  • Tornado watch in effect until midnight

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch Friday, April 3, and that watch remains in effect until midnight.

    According to the weather service, strong thunderstorms with dangerous lightning, heavy rain, penny-sized hail and winds up to 40 miles per hour are possible.

    A tornado watch is issued when the conditions for a tornado may become possible. A warning is issued if a tornado is spotted in an area or indicated by radar.

    A flash flood watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, for Central Kentucky, including Marion County.

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Annual Report of District 4 Highway Supervisor Patty Dunaway

    • Youth soccer annual request

    • Resolution to make April Autism Awareness Month.

    • Proclamation that April 3 be Arbor Day.

    • Annual contribution to the Heartland Safe Community Coalition

  • Committee to discuss school board's public comment policy today

    The Marion County Board of Education Committee was established to review the board’s public comment policy. The committee is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 2, at the Marion County Board of Education Central Office. 

    This is an open meeting to the public.

    The agenda of the committee meeting includes:

    - Chairperson election

    - Discussion of the committee’s purpose

    - Current public comment policy

    - Other district policies

    - Discussion

    - Timeline

  • Hair for a cause

    Marion County is within a hairsbreadth of raising a quarter of a million dollars for children's cancer research. Saturday at St. Augustine, more than 30 people offered their hair (and a few beards) to be shaved in exchange for donations for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
    Another $13,351.30 was added to that effort this year (so far). Marion Countians have offered their heads to raise more than $233,000 since Citizens National Bank started sponsoring the local St. Baldrick's event in 2007.

  • Election: State reps looking for a bigger office

    With the 2015 General Assembly concluded, at least two state legislators hope they won’t be back for the 2016 session.
    State Rep. Richard Heath (R-Mayfield) and State Rep. Ryan Quarles (R-Georgetown) are hoping to succeed outgoing Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, who is running for governor.
    The winner of the Republican primary between Heath and Quarles will face the lone Democrat in the race, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, in November.

  • Bicentennial celebration is May 30

    The City of Lebanon is 200 years old this year, and it's hosting a party to celebrate.
    From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30, the city will be hosting a Picnic in the Park at Graham Memorial Park.
    Inflatables, face-painting, balloon and caricature artists, train rides in the park, and other children's activities will be part of this event, and of course, food and birthday cake will be part of the celebration.

  • A chair fit for a prince

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall made a whirlwind trip to Kentucky recently and a Marion County native had the honor of making an average chair into a throne, so to speak, for the prince.
    Gary Clark, owner of Clark Upholstery in E’town, occasionally does work for Brown-Forman, which was responsible for the royal visit by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla. Brown-Forman asked Clark to reupholster a chair for Prince Charles to sit in during his visit.

  • Last day for students likely to be May 27

    The last day of school for Marion County Public School students will likely be May 27, based on last week's meeting of the Marion County Board of Education.
    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser reminded the board that April 6-7 will be used as make-up days.
    She added that she will ask the board to approve having school on May 19, which is Primary Election Day. The General Assembly approved legislation this year that will allow school districts to use that as a make-up day as long none of their schools are being used as polling sites.

  • Limestone Branch Distillery’s Moonpie Moonshine wins ‘World’s Best Liqueur’ award

    MoonPie Moonshine, a product of Limestone Branch Distillery, has won the award for “World’s Best Liqueur” after a blind taste test from the 2015 World Liqueur Awards. Judges noted the Chocolate MoonPie Moonshine for its rich, yet smooth flavor, the remarkable resemblance to the iconic MoonPie, and the noticeable high quality of ingredients, including Dutch chocolate and Madagascar Vanilla.

  • Calvary farmer honored for leadership

    Farming is nothing new for the Buckman family.
    "I'm sure it goes back further than that, but we can track four generations here in Calvary on the farm we're on now," said Michael Buckman, who was named this year's Outstanding Farmer by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
    Today, that farm includes around 600 acres of corn and 600 acres of soybeans.
    Buckman said his family has always raised row crops, and he described the farm where he grew up as "Old McDonald's farm."