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  • Truck show, Blackhawk concert Saturday at fairgrounds

    The Marion County Fairgrounds will be roaring with activity on Saturday, June 20.
    The Central Kentucky Showdown and a concert featuring BlackHawk are scheduled for that day.
    The inaugural Central Kentucky Showdown will feature a variety of big trucks including one Big Azz Custom Truck and a Big Rig Event.
    Gates will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the truck show, and admission is free. In addition to custom trucks and numerous vendors, concessions and activities for the kids will be available.

  • Jets Over Kentucky is returning in July

    The world’s largest remote control jet show will be back at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport from July 5 to 12.
    The 11th annual Jets Over Kentucky is expected to bring around 200 r.c. jet pilots to the area.
    Casual fans and remote control jet enthusiasts alike will recognize many of the planes at this year’s Jets Over Kentucky: F-15s, F-4 Phantoms, B-1 Bomber, A10, F-18 Super Hornet, BAE Hawk, F-100, Stealth Fighter Jet – even an SR-71 spy plane that is more than 13-feet-long and valued at $100,000.

  • Summer of fun

    At the Marion County Extension Office, teams of kids participated in a kickball game so big each team got five outs. At West Marion Elementary, Richard Crum laid down on a bed of nails as scores of students watched. Meanwhile students at the 21st Century Learning Center visited the Kentucky Railway Museum, and students at the Marion County Area Technology Center got an early look at what they could learn in high school.

  • Craft beer bar coming to Bardstown

    The Kentucky Standard

    Troy Dennison is brewing up something different for Bardstown.
    “Bourbon you can get anywhere,” he said.
    Kentucky’s signature spirit is what the Bourbon City is known for; but if his plans for a tavern and microbrewery succeed, Bardstown may also become a destination for craft beer lovers.

  • 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.