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Today's News

  • Reed sworn in as school board member

    Kaelin Reed was elected as the District 2 representative on the Marion County Board of Education on Nov. 4.

    On Nov. 11, he was sworn in by Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Matttingly. Originally, the plan was for Reed to take his oath of office during the Nov. 11 meeting, but it was moved up due to a scheduling issue.

    This also means all the seats on the board are full for the first time since May, when Michael Mullins resigned as a board member.

  • Loretto man injured in Friday morning accident

    A Loretto man is being treated at University Hospital in Louisville after a single-vehicle accident Friday morning. His condition was not available as of 1:30 p.m.

    Chad Allen Mattingly, 32, was ejected from his vehicle after it struck a guardrail on Hwy. 152 and overturned, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

  • Mattingly resigns as school board attorney

    Joe Mattingly has resigned as the attorney for the Marion County Board of Education after one of his employees was elected to the board.
    Kaelin Reed, who works at the Mattingly and Nally-Martin law firm, was elected as the District 2 board member during the Nov. 4 election. Reed previously resigned from his position as assistant county attorney on Oct. 31, noting in his resignation letter that he was prohibited from being the assistant county attorney as a school board candidate.

  • Head above water

    Walking toward a nearly dried up Prather Creek in Loretto, Theresa Hartley reminisces about her childhood home, which used to sit feet away from the creek on Spencer Hamilton Road.
    A cement slab sits on the ground where her family’s garage once stood.
    She can still remember where their dog pen was located on the property. Aside from that, there’s little proof that a home once stood there.

  • Mills wins re-election

    Marion County voters showed support for Alison Lundergan Grimes in the race for the U.S. Senate, but statewide incumbent Mitch McConnell claimed victory. Grimes won Marion County, 3,267 to 2,498, but McConnell received 806,679 votes to Grimes' 584,622 votes accross Kentucky.

    In the First District Congressional race, incumbent Congressman Ed Whitfield won re-election with 173,020 votes to Charles Hatchett's 63,595 votes. Hatchett won Marion County again, 2,800 to 2,471.

  • Breathing easier

    After years of struggling for each and every breath, Cara Brahm got new lungs and a new lease on life on Sept. 8 — two days before her 38th birthday.
    She had been on the waiting list for an organ donation for 11 months.
    "Progressively I got worse with my breathing and my oxygen level. [My] lung function was dropping ... a lot of chores, I just had to stop doing," Brahm said.
    Brahm was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 10 years old and as it continued to take a toll on her lungs, even simple acts like getting dressed required help.

  • Health official: Focus on flu, not Ebola

    In spite of all the media attention on the Ebola virus, Kentuckians should be paying more attention to a more likely infection, the flu, according to health officials.
    “Flu season is upon us. We know it’s coming, yet we still have people die in Kentucky every year,” said Pablo Munoz, the director of environment with the Lincoln Trail Health District.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of 23,000 people die annually from influenza and more than 200,000 are hospitalized with flu complications.

  • A lifetime of lessons

    Sgt. Phillip Chatigny is a retired Army veteran who has been around the world, and served at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, at the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea and even on guard duty at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
    But, none of that prepared him to deal with teenagers.
    Chatigny, 50, now serves as the instructor for the JROTC program at Marion County High School. It’s his second career after a 24-year, 10-month, 22-day career in the U.S. Army.
    Chatigny was born in California at Merced Air Force Base.

  • Steel Magnolias on stage this week
  • Veterans Day event at cemetery Sunday

    A celebration to honor Veterans Day will be held at the Lebanon National Cemetery at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9.
    The event will feature the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard, the Marion County High School ROTC and the Marion County High School band.
    This year's guest speaker is Michael Pape, the district director for the U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield.