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Today's News

  • Feb. 16 school board meeting has been cancelled

    The Marion County Board of Education was scheduled to hold a special-called meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16. That meeting has been cancelled due to the weather and road conditions.

    The meeting will be rescheduled as soon as possible, according to district officials. 

  • 'Classroom teacher at heart'

    For as long as she can remember, Tammy Newcome has wanted to teach.
    "It seems cliché, but I set the dolls out and would make my brothers be part of my class," Newcome said.
    She fulfilled that dream when she graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1991 and was hired to work as a math teacher at Marion County High School. Today, she serves as an instructional supervisor for Marion County Public Schools.

  • Get to work

    Marion County's economy showed signs of improvement during 2014, according to a report presented by Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund last week.
    Lund presented the economic development office's annual report during the Feb. 5 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    According to the report, local industries announced seven projects that are expected to bring more than 500 jobs to the county. That's 227 per 10,000 people, which also meant Marion County had the highest per capita job growth of any county in Kentucky last year.

  • Feed America food distribution is this afternoon

    Feed America will be at the Marion County Fairgrounds at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, to distribute food.

    To receive food, Marion County residents need to provide proof of their residency, such as a piece of mail with their name and address. This will be a drive through food distribution at ag building toward the back of the fairgrounds.

    For more information, call Dee Dee Bell at Marion County Community Action at 270-692-6411.

  • Kynect open enrollment enters its final week

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – With a little more than a week remaining in the current enrollment period, 142,349 individuals have taken advantage of kynect to enroll in healthcare coverage for 2015. This number includes nearly 96,000 Kentuckians who have either newly enrolled in a qualified health plan since Nov. 15, 2014 or renewed the private insurance plan they purchased through kynect last year, according to a state news release.

  • Legislation targets repeat DUI offenders

    A bill to strengthen penalties for habitual drunken drivers in Kentucky became one step closer to law on Thursday with its passage out of a key state Senate committee.
    Senate Bill 34, sponsored by Senator Dennis L. Parrett, would change what is known in legal circles as the “look back period” to 10 years from five years. What that means is that if someone is convicted of drunken driving multiple times in a 10-year period the penalties for the crimes can be increased.

  • St. Catharine College President announces upcoming retirement

    St. Catharine College President William D. Huston announced to trustees, faculty, staff and students on Feb. 3 that he plans to retire from the presidency when his contract expires at the end of June 2015.

  • Black soldiers and the Civil War

    Local historian Nash Hayes has spent more than 40 years compiling information about Lebanon, Marion County and the Civil War, which includes black soldiers, who are all too often a forgotten part of the story.
    Hayes remembers being in St. Augustine Cemetery one day when a gravestone for a Sgt. Henry Maxwell caught his attention.
    "The only Maxwell known in Marion County was Dr. J.C. Maxwell," Hayes said.

  • Marion County residents arrested for drugs, sodomy and incest

    Angela R. Williams, 37, and Steven Dale Cox Williams, 41, of Marion County were arrested Feb. 4 in Taylor County on a number of charges, including trafficking in heroin, sodomy and incest.

  • St. Baldrick’s Cookout is Friday at CNB

    The ninth annual Citizens National Bank St. Baldrick’s Cookout will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13, at Citizens National Bank in Lebanon. The menu will include a $10 ribeye sandwich meal or a $5 hamburger meal, which will include chips, snack cake and drink. For orders of 10 or more, call 270-692-2113 and ask for Brandy Wiser or Shawn Gibson and your meals will be delivered to you. The annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event will be held Saturday, March 28, at St. Augustine Grade School’s gymnasium.