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  • School district resumes energy savings push

    For the second time in the last three months, the Marion County Board of Education has selected CMTA to provide a guaranteed energy savings plan for the district.
    The district approved a guaranteed energy savings proposal by CMTA on Nov. 11, but rescinded that motion on Dec. 4 on the recommendation of the board attorney. The board then approved a revised policy related to the guaranteed energy savings proposals and reopened the process.
    The second round of proposals was presented on Jan. 26, and the school board voted 4-1 to select CMTA instead of Harshaw Trane.

  • Taking on the hazardous liquids pipeline in Kentucky

    By Brent Schanding
    The State Journal

    The End Of The Line — a new documentary produced by 34-year-old filmmaker Sellus Wilder — is expected to debut as early as April.
    Wilder, who formerly served as a Frankfort commissioner, says the 90-minute documentary follows a diverse coalition of farmers, religious orders, environmentalists and constitutional conservatives as they joined together to protect their land, liberty and even their lives from a controversial hazardous liquids pipeline in Kentucky.

  • Kynect enrollment steady heading into final two weeks

    As the countdown to the close of open enrollment enters its final two weeks, nearly 137,500 Kentuckians have newly enrolled for health care coverage or renewed their current plans through kynect since open enrollment began on Nov. 15, 2014.
    This enrollment total includes individuals who have either newly enrolled in a private health insurance plan, qualified for Medicaid coverage or renewed the private insurance plans they purchased through kynect last year.
     
    Special outreach to students

  • School district denies unlawful termination accusations

    The Marion County Board of Education has filed an answer to a lawsuit accusing school officials of wrongfully terminating two employees.
    Ramona McKinney and Kimberly Medley, both of Lebanon, were employed as special education instructional aides until they were fired on April 30 and Feb. 5, 2014, respectively, according to the complaint they filed Dec. 19 in Marion Circuit Court.

  • AARP taxpayer assistance starts Feb. 4

    The Marion County Extension Office will host the AARP Tax Aide program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday from Feb. 4 through April 8. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for sign-ins.
    IRS trained and certified volunteers will be on hand to assist taxpayers in preparing their tax returns to answer tax-related questions.

  • Election 2015: Candidates set for primary

    Two sitting state officials will be vying to represent their respective parties in this year's gubernatorial election.
    Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer has filed to run in the Republican primary, while Attorney General Jack Conway is running for the Democratic nomination.
    Comer's running mate is State Sen. Chris McDaniel of Taylor Mill. Conway is running with State. Rep. Sannie Overly of Louisville.
    While Comer and Conway may be the well known candidates in the field, both are facing opposition in the primary.

  • Sheriff's office makes second arrest in assault near fairgrounds

     The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged assault and attempted robbery that took place on Monday afternoon, Feb. 2. 

  • Cash stolen during break-in at Missy’s Out of the Way Café

    One of Marion County’s most popular restaurants, Missy’s Out of the Way Café, was the victim of a burglary on Saturday, Jan. 31, and the owner is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
    According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the burglary occurred in the early morning hours on Saturday.

  • Farm Bureau to host legislative forum Jan. 31

    Marion County Farm Bureau will be hosting its annual legislative forum at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Farm Bureau conference room at 690 Metts Drive, Lebanon. Joining them will be the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association and Central Kentucky Ag Credit.
    Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills will be on hand to discuss current issues in state government.
    All interested constituents are invited to this open meeting. The legislators will be available for questions from the public.
     

  • Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. scheduled to open in May