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  • Board meeting focused on 2013-14 ‘highlights’

    A crowd of approximately 40 people attended the June 10 meeting of the Marion County Board of Education. However, no delegations were included on the agenda, and no public comments were made at the meeting.
    The June 10 meeting occurred just one day after a public forum in Loretto in which multiple citizens expressed concerns about the direction the school district is heading, including some concerns about recent personnel decisions.

  • Educators say Kentucky is on the right track with Common Core standards

    By Matt Young
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    The names of the presidents of the University of Louisville and Kentucky State University were noticeably absent last week from a group of more than 200 national college leaders who indicated their support for the controversial Common Core education standards by forming the coalition Higher Ed for Higher Standards.

  • More companies are expected to sell health policies on Kentucky exchange next year

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — More insurance companies are expressing an interest in selling policies on Kentucky's health-benefit exchange next year — a move state officials say will benefit consumers.
    All five insurance companies that sold policies this year on the exchange known as Kynect want to come back for 2015, and at least one other — CareSource — wants to join them.

  • Who spent the most to lobby Frankfort?

    By Scott Wartman
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Tobacco lobby money in Frankfort poured in this year as statewide smoking ban legislation stagnated.
    No company spent more to lobby Kentucky state legislators this year than tobacco giant Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris Co., spending $156,200 during the General Assembly session that lasted from January to April.
    Some would say it's no coincidence that for the fourth straight year, a statewide smoking ban failed to pass.

  • Kentuckians on both sides of debate over federal nutrition guidelines for school lunches

    By John Moritz
    Lexington Herald-Leader Washington Bureau

    WASHINGTON — Debate in Washington over a controversial school lunch waiver has spread into the Bluegrass State. Proponents say the innocuous proposal helps rural schools, while critics argue that it threatens years of work combating one of the nation's largest childhood obesity rates.

  • United Way Day of Action is June 29

    The Tri-County Kentucky United Way will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 29, at the Old Bardstown Village at the corner of East Broadway and Old Bloomfield Pike in Bardstown.
    There will be food, fun and games for the entire family and a rubber duck race. The winner of the rubber duck race will win $250, second place will win $100 and third place will win $50. Rubber ducks will cost $1 each. All proceeds will benefit the United Way.
    A cornhole tournament is also planned, as well as other games.

  • American Red Cross annual meeting is June 23
  • Parents suing teacher, MCPS for alleged abuse of special needs children

    A group of local parents are suing the Marion County Public School System, Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, current and former MCPS administrators and a teacher for alleged abuse of their special needs children.
    The lawsuit was filed in Marion Circuit Court Thursday, June 12, on behalf of Paul and Virginia Boone of Lebanon, Elizabeth J. Johnson of St. Francis and Stacey Hall of Lebanon, all parents of special needs children who attend or have attended Marion County High School.

  • Doug Mattingly files as write-in candidate for judge/executive race

    Doug Mattingly lost the Marion County Judge/Executive race to David Daugherty in the May primary election by a large margin, but he’s not giving up just yet.

    Tuesday, June 10, he filed to run as a write-in candidate for the judge/executive’s race in November.

    In the Primary Election on May 20, Mattingly received 782 votes to Daugherty’s 2,452 votes. Mattingly lost in every precinct.

    Read more in the upcoming edition of The Lebanon Enterprise.

  • Local attorney to run for school board

    Kaelin Reed, a local attorney in Lebanon, has announced his candidacy to run for school board.
    Thursday, June 12, he filed to run for the District 2 seat, which was vacated by Michael Mullins on May 21.