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  • Teenage tycoon is opening second business

    Jordan Hourigan is nearing the end of his junior year in high school, but he’s already starting his second business.
    His first business venture, J & J Inks, a graphic design, screen-printing and embroidery business, has been extremely successful.
    His second business, Escape Lebanon, is one he believes will provide some much-needed entertainment opportunities for local residents and visitors alike.
    “When I was little, I wanted my own theme park,” Hourigan said, with a laugh. “I’ve always wanted to entertain.”

  • Chamber announces grand marshals for Pigasus Parade

    The Marion County Country Ham Days Festival will be helping promote the gift of life this year.
    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that the grand marshals of this year’s Spring View Hospital Pigasus Parade will be all local organ donor recipients and the families of organ donors. The chamber recognizes the challenges of those waiting for organ donation and the sacrifices made by the families of organ donors.

  • Hilpp Properties, LLC adds to county’s economic development ‘war chest’

    For a community to attract new industry, it must have available facilities.
    Marion County currently has a 105,000 square foot facility located on the bypass that’s available, and will have another similar facility available in the fall on Mercer Avenue in Lebanon. Both facilities have one thing in common: they were built by Hilpp Properties, LLC.

  • Kentucky Gives Day is May 24

    Kentucky Gives Day - the fourth annual 24-hour, statewide, online fundraising event - will be held on Tuesday, May 24.  
    Kentucky Gives Day has been building momentum since 2013, when it was first launched. In three years, the event has raised $931,456 from 5,385 donations in partnership with 549 nonprofits.

  • Kentucky lawmakers to examine possible abuse of farmland tax break

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Investigators for the state legislature will examine how Kentucky officials annually forfeit taxes on $36.6 billion in property values under the farmland preservation tax break, a subject highlighted in February by a series of stories in the Herald-Leader.

  • Legislators, organizations aim to raise awareness of grandparents' financial struggles

    By Emma Kennedy
    The News-Enterprise

    The number of grandchildren being raised by grandparents has more than doubled in the last four decades, rising to a total of 5.4 million children in ‘grandfamily’ homes, according to the Population Reference Bureau.
    It’s becoming more commonplace for multigenerational families to live together, but many grandparents struggle to make ends meet without extra support, according to Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

  • Recallable nickel petition is filed

    A petition of more than 1,500 signatures was filed Saturday morning, May 14, in the Marion County Clerk’s office that could put the Marion County Board of Education’s recallable nickel on voting ballots.
    According to Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly, a minimum of 741 valid signatures are needed to make the petition legit. (The petition must be signed by a minimum of 10 percent of the voters who cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election.)

  • Education briefs

    Preschool enrollment update
    The district continues to work toward offering universal preschool for all 4-year-olds in the county. So far, approximately 126 students have enrolled in preschool in Marion County Public Schools, Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser reported at the Marion County Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 12. Countywide, a total of 236 students have registered to attend a preschool in Marion County (including MCPS.)

  • Visitor spending contributes more than $27 million to local economy

    Lebanon and Marion County continue to give visitors more and more reasons to visit this community at the epicenter of Kentucky barrel and bourbon making. The “Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry” report has been released and, once again, Marion County’s numbers have increased over the previous year.
    In 2015, tourism expenditures in Marion County totaled more than $27 million, which reflects an increase of 8 percent above 2014 figures.

  • Plans for a multipurpose facility at fairgrounds in the works

    Marion County could have its very own convention center, of sorts, in the future.
    One of the first steps in making that a reality took place at the Marion County Fiscal Court’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 5, when magistrates voted to proceed with the architectural planning phase of a multipurpose facility, which could be constructed at the Marion County Fairgrounds.