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  • Marion County raises more than $44,000 for Crusade for Children

    Marion County raised nearly $45,000 for the Crusade for Children this year.
    Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said he was hoping the Lebanon Fire Department would exceed the $30,000 mark, but they were a few thousand short when it was time to turn in their collection.
    “I was getting ready to get on TV and my wife called and said a local industry donated,” Mattingly told the Lebanon City Council recently.
    The industry’s anonymous donation helped the Lebanon Fire Department raise $32,438, which is $5,000 more than last year.

  • Most insured through Kynect will pay more in 2016

    By Molly Burchett
    Kentucky Health News

    The federal health law requires that insurers planning to significantly increase premiums for policies on a health-insurance exchange to submit their rates by June 1 for review. Many insurance carriers across the country, including four in Kentucky, are requesting double-digit increases in insurance premiums for 2016.
    For the individual market, the requested average rates from companies already participating in the Kynect exchange are:
    • Anthem Health Plans, 14.6 percent increase;

  • Beshear announces plan for funds to curb heroin use

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Monday took another step to build upon the success of the 2015 landmark anti-heroin legislation he signed by announcing the funding of eight programs aimed at fighting and treating heroin use and substance abuse in Kentucky.
    The $10 million in funding is part of Senate Bill 192, bipartisan legislation passed in this year’s legislative session aimed at curbing the rise in heroin use and opioid addiction.

  • Still fighting for a cure

    The 2015 Marion County Relay for Life event began Friday evening and went into the early hours on Saturday at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon. Families and friends gathered to celebrate those who have survived cancer and to remember those who are no longer with us. This year’s event has raised $32,952.39 for the American Cancer Society, so far. Money can be turned in for the local event until Aug. 31. Anyone who would still like to contribute can contact Lisa Sandusky at 270-699-1797.

  • New positions added to central office staff

    The Marion County Board of Education dealt with a lot during its two-hour meeting on June 11, including the superintendent's residency (see related story, page A1), creating new positions in central office and drug testing for staff and students.
    In previous meetings, board members expressed concerns about administrators taking on too many roles. Last week, they voted to create three new positions — chief operations officer, director of early childhood education and school nutrition program director.

  • Super doesn’t have to move

    Last year, three members of the board of education voted to give Superintendent Taylora Schlosser an additional 18 months to establish a residence in Marion County. Thursday, those three members voted to remove the residency clause from her contract.
    The 3-2 decision means that Schlosser, who resides in Washington County, will not be required to move to Marion County as a condition of serving as superintendent.

  • MCHS student selected for arts program

    Adria Whitfill of Marion County High School is one of 256 students taking part in the Governor’s School for the Arts from June 21 to July 11 at the Kentucky Center at Centre College.
    During their three-week stay, student artists from 47 counties will be immersed in daily seminars, master-classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions.
    Instruction will be offered in architecture and design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art and vocal music.

  • Loretto family loses home to fire

    Losing their home to fire last week has been a “humbling experience” for a Loretto family.
    Fortunately, no one was injured as the result of the fire, which occurred Tuesday morning, June 16, but the fire destroyed the home located at 4255 Hwy. 52, which belonged to Jason and Amanda Beard.
    “This was a tragedy but really has helped me see how wonderful humans can be,” Beard told the Enterprise Monday afternoon.
    According to Lebanon Police Dispatch, a call was received at 8:29 a.m. reporting a house was on fire.

  • Sheriff investigating break-in attempt at St. Joe Grocery

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted break-in at the St. Joe Grocery.

    Store employees arrived at 6:25 a.m. June 13 and found the front door glass had been shattered. According to the sheriff's office, It is believed a rock found near the door was used to break the glass, although there was no indication that anyone entered the store.

    Evidence collected at the scene and store video are being reviewed in hopes of identifying the person or persons involved in this crime.

  • School board removes residency requirement for superintendent

    The Marion County Board of Education tackled a variety of issues during its June 11 meeting, including changing a requirement in Superintendent Taylora Schlosser's contract.

    The board voted 3-2 in favor of removing a residency requirement from Schlosser's contract. Chairman Mike Cecil and board members Butch Cecil and Rev. DeLane Pinkston supported amending the contract. Board members Jerry Evans and Kaelin Reed opposed the change.