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Today's News

  • School board sets the stage for the new year

    The Marion County Board of Education set the stage for 2011 during a special-called meeting Tuesday evening, Jan. 11, and its three new members didn't waste any time getting down to business.

    Everything from the meeting format to the superintendent's report is going to change. At least, that's what the board wants to see happen.

  • Birthday announcements
  • Engagement

     

  • Mid-year evaluation this afternoon, Jan. 18

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting at4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the board office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following items: a mid-year evaluation of Superintendent Donald Smith and board team effectiveness.

    The agenda also includes approval of the minutes of the previous meeting.    

  • Mattingly wins Kentucky Junior Miss competition

    Christine Mattingly of Lebanon has been crowned the 2011 Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky.

    Mattingly won the Kentucky Junior Miss competition Saturday evening, Jan. 15, at the Singletary Center for the Arts at the University of Kentucky. She won preliminary awards for scholastics, self-expression and talent, and she won the overall fitness award. 

    Mattingly will now go on to compete in the Distinguished Young Women pageant (formerly America's Junior Miss), which will be held June 23-25 in Mobile, Alabama.

  • RESOLUTIONS

    While many people made (and have probably already broken) New Year's resolutions, we thought it might be worth recommending some resolutions for the community and the powers that be. So, here it goes.

     

    1.) Get E-911 already!

    The editorial staff of this newspaper (past and present) has been crusading for Enhanced 911 services for more than a decade and, as we start a new year, we will continue our cry for E-911.

  • House completes organizational work

    At the start of January, there are two things that can always be counted on: It will take at least two weeks to write the new year correctly on such things as checks, and the General Assembly will return to the Capitol to begin a new legislative session.

  • Contact officials about distracted driving

    By Beth Flanagan

    Guest Columnist

     

  • Hot dogs, hold the mustard

    Governments big and small have been going through their rituals of transition this month. 

    The new Congress was sworn in last week, as was the new General Assembly in Kentucky. Governors around the country took office, and we recently had the swearing in for the new Lebanon City Council, local city commissions and Marion County Board of Education members.

    On a personal level, I'm grateful that we avoided the pomp and circumstance that sometimes surrounds these events.

  • Senate gets to work during opening week of the General Assembly

    Usually, the first week is an organizational week during which the different parties elect their leadership. This year was different. When we announced the Senate Majority legislative agenda in December, we committed to move aggressively on passing legislation regarding job creation, education, and transparent and responsive government. With the passage of these bills, the "Agenda for Prosperity," very few can say we didn't deliver on that promise this first week.