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  • School board to vote on MCPS makeover

    Mary Jean Blake, the mother of a Marion County Public Schools student, was the only person who requested to speak at the second District Facilities Plan Public Forum on Feb. 22. And she was there to voice her support of the committee’s reorganization plan, which, if approved, would result to a sixth/seventh grade center, an eighth/ninth grade center and a 10th-12th grade center.

  • Marion County District Schools Facilities Plan
  • Proposed transportation plan for 2017-18 school year
  • Outstanding Businessperson: Commitment to the company and its customers

    Editor’s note: This is the third story in an ongoing series about the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Award winners.

    Working with the public can be a thankless job.
    Mary Lou Mayes experienced her fair share of difficult situations during her 43-year career at Inter-County Energy. But, in her eyes, those tough moments were not only opportunities to help a customer, but also to challenge herself.

  • ‘What we’re doing right now is not working’

    Parents throughout Marion County have questions and concerns about a proposed plan to reconfigure the county’s two middle schools and high school, which is why District 1 Marion County Board of Education Member Carrie Truitt held one of several scheduled town hall meetings last week.
    Approximately 21 people, including children, attended a town hall meeting in Bradfordsville Thursday evening. Truitt, along with School Board Vice Chairman Kaelin Reed, spoke and answered questions for nearly two hours.

  • Drugs in Marion County - Parents can’t fix it

    Mitchell and Brenda Wheatley of Lebanon have lived a parent’s worse nightmare times three.
    All three of their daughters have struggled with drug addiction.
    And they’re sharing their story in hopes that it will help someone else.

  • Drugs in Marion County - Taking her life back

    Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series about the local drug epidemic in Marion County.

    Rock bottom had become a familiar place for 29-year-old Emily Wheatley.
    She had been there before. Several times, in fact.
    But, on Jan. 17, 2016, she hit a new low that rocked her to her core.
    And while it seemed like the end of the world to Emily, it was actually the start of a new beginning.

  • County, city combine resources to save Career Center

    After the state’s unexpected announcement that it would be closing 31 Career Centers, including Marion County’s, local government officials began scrambling to save the center.
    Last week, the Marion County Fiscal Court and the City of Lebanon agreed to partner their resources and each pay $30,000 to keep one of the center’s current full-time employees on staff. The employee’s total salary will be $40,000 plus benefits, according to Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty.

  • Kentucky House passes measure to protect young bicyclists

    Last week, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill to create a safety measure aimed at protecting bicyclists under the age of 12 by requiring the use of helmets. The measure was championed by Rep. Regina Bunch, R-Williamsburg.
    “Many serious bicycling injuries suffered by young Kentuckians are preventable, particularly head injuries,” said Rep. Bunch. “When kids wear helmets, it can literally save a life. I want Kentucky kids to have a lifetime of health, and this bill is an effort toward that goal.”

  • MCPS one step closer to extreme makeover

    Local parents and educators expressed their opinions about the proposed plan to reconfigure the county’s two middle schools and high school during the first District Facilities Plan Public Forum last week. And while some people are still very much opposed to the idea, the Local Facilities Plan Committee unanimously voted in favor of the plan, which has been submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education.