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Today's News

  • County closings for Easter weekend

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly announced that local government offices will have changes from their regular hours to allow employees to attend Good Friday services if they desire.
    The Marion County Road Department will run a short work schedule on Friday, April 18, and the department will close as soon as the Friday trash collection routes are finished. Mattingly noted that sanitation crews may be running sooner than usual on Friday, so residents on those routes may want to put their trash out earlier than usual that day.

  • Marion County is state's 43rd healthiest county

    Marion County dropped four places in the latest county health rankings, but there is something more important in the data, according to Regan Hunt, the executive director of Kentucky Voices for Health.
    “There’s no way you can compare an Oldham County to a Pike County,” she said.
    Instead, she encourages citizens and local officials to compare their local data from year to year.

  • Working the Puzzle for Autism Walk raises $14,000
  • Numbers are improving at Marion County Detention Center

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said things are starting to improve financially at the Marion County Detention Center.
    "Looking at our stats from seven months ago, it's a significant change," Brady told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its April 10 meeting.
    In August, the detention center housed an average of 247 inmates per day, and the county received nearly $204,000 for housing state prisoners. Last month, the detention center housed an average of 290 inmates and received nearly $261,000 in revenue from the state.

  • Autism Fair is in Springfield April 26

    April is Autism Awareness Month and the Washington County Autism Support Group Inc. (WAGS INC.) is hosting the Autism Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the River of Life Church located at 1250 Highway 555 in Springfield. The event is free to the general public. There will be free kid games, a Wood Workshop sponsored by Lowes, vendor shopping, a silent auction, informational booths, door prizes, raffles, a balloon release and a special recognition ceremony for those affected by autism.
    Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks and snacks will be available.

  • Written to read

    The Marion County Public Library hosted a gathering of local authors for Writers Day celebration on Sunday. Authors donated 20 percent of their sales at the event to the Marion County Friends of the Library.
     

  • NAACP scholarship applications at MCHS

    Applications for scholarships offered by the Marion County chapter of the NAACP are now available in the guidance counselor’s office at Marion County High School. The local NAACP chapter is giving out two $500 scholarships, one from the NAACP and one from the family of Verda Calhoun.  
    To apply, fill out an application and mail it to the address on the application form by Friday, May 2. Applicants are encouraged to start early because the application takes time and thought to complete.

  • June 4 will be the last day for Marion County students

    The Marion County Board of Education approved several amendments to the school calendar at its April 10 meeting.

    School will not be in session on Memorial Day.

    The last day for students will be Wednesday, June 4.

    The closing day for teachers will be Friday, June 6.

    The MCHS graduation ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 7.

  • West Marion Elementary Principal taking a leave of absence

    Benji Mattingly, who has been principal at West Marion Elementary School since July of 2005, is taking an unexpected leave of absence for the remainder of the school year.
    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said Mattingly is taking “personal time” and Danny Lyvers, who was principal at WMES for 14 years before retiring in 2005, will be serving as interim principal during Mattingly’s absence.
    The Lebanon Enterprise asked Mattingly if he wanted to make a statement and he declined.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline plan would affect 750 water crossings

    By James Bruggers
    The Courier-Journal

    More than 750 rivers, streams, wetlands and ponds across Kentucky would be affected by the proposed construction of the Bluegrass Pipeline, according to documents that developers submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.