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  • Get to work

    Marion County's economy showed signs of improvement during 2014, according to a report presented by Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund last week.
    Lund presented the economic development office's annual report during the Feb. 5 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    According to the report, local industries announced seven projects that are expected to bring more than 500 jobs to the county. That's 227 per 10,000 people, which also meant Marion County had the highest per capita job growth of any county in Kentucky last year.

  • Attorney general offers advice to victims of Anthem data breach

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Attorney General Jack Conway has encouraged Kentuckians who are current or past customers of Anthem health insurance to take steps to protect their personal information and watch for signs of identity theft following a data breach recently announced by Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health insurers.

  • Kynect open enrollment enters its final week

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – With a little more than a week remaining in the current enrollment period, 142,349 individuals have taken advantage of kynect to enroll in healthcare coverage for 2015. This number includes nearly 96,000 Kentuckians who have either newly enrolled in a qualified health plan since Nov. 15, 2014 or renewed the private insurance plan they purchased through kynect last year, according to a state news release.

  • Mid-Continent University bankruptcy case placed on hold

    By Lauren P. Duncan
    The Paducah Sun

    Mid-Continent University is waiting until the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office allows the institution to start collecting student debts to move its bankruptcy case forward.

  • Bills on smoking, beer, casinos advance in General Assembly

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

    In a week where America celebrated Groundhog Day, the General Assembly provided vivid flashbacks of its actions of recent years, with the Republican Senate moving priorities sure to die in the House and the Democratic House moving bills that will die in the Senate.

  • 'Classroom teacher at heart'

    For as long as she can remember, Tammy Newcome has wanted to teach.
    "It seems cliché, but I set the dolls out and would make my brothers be part of my class," Newcome said.
    She fulfilled that dream when she graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1991 and was hired to work as a math teacher at Marion County High School. Today, she serves as an instructional supervisor for Marion County Public Schools.

  • Legislation targets repeat DUI offenders

    A bill to strengthen penalties for habitual drunken drivers in Kentucky became one step closer to law on Thursday with its passage out of a key state Senate committee.
    Senate Bill 34, sponsored by Senator Dennis L. Parrett, would change what is known in legal circles as the “look back period” to 10 years from five years. What that means is that if someone is convicted of drunken driving multiple times in a 10-year period the penalties for the crimes can be increased.

  • St. Catharine College President announces upcoming retirement

    St. Catharine College President William D. Huston announced to trustees, faculty, staff and students on Feb. 3 that he plans to retire from the presidency when his contract expires at the end of June 2015.

  • School board meets Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the board office.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows. A more detailed agenda can be found at http://goo.gl/vRdjiu.

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Communications

    - Superintendent's report

    - School nutrition report card

    - Update on family nights/reading celebration/migrant program

  • Marion County residents arrested for drugs, sodomy and incest

    Angela R. Williams, 37, and Steven Dale Cox Williams, 41, of Marion County were arrested Feb. 4 in Taylor County on a number of charges, including trafficking in heroin, sodomy and incest.