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Today's News

  • Disaster relief team in the area to help with clean-up efforts

    A Southern Baptist disaster relief team from South Carolina is in Marion County today to assist with removal of tree limbs throughout the county.   Steve Chrisman of the relief team spoke with the Marion County Fiscal Court yesterday. He said the team will focus first on assisting the elderly and people with disabilities.

  • School board discusses make-up days

    During its Feb. 3 meeting, the Marion County Board of Education agreed to modify the 2008-09 calendar. Marion County schools have missed 11 days this year and eight consecutive days including Feb. 4.

    The board agreed to make Feb. 11 an early dismissal day and to have school Feb. 16, which is Presidents Day. No decision has yet been made regarding Spring Break, although Superintendent Roger Marcum said it is possible that all or some of Spring Break will be used for make-up days.

  • Food safety tips during a power outage

    The Marion County Health Department has provided some food safety tips when the power goes out.

    Do not open your refrigerator or freezer. By keeping the fridge closed, foods will keep safely for about four hours. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours; a half-full freezer for 24 hours.

    If a power outage lasts more than 2-4 hours, pack refrigerated foods (such as milk and other dairy products, meat, eggs and leftovers) into a cooler surrounded by ice.

  • Keeping Marion Countians safe

    Emergency service personnel throughout the city and county have been working morning, noon and night trying to keep Marion Countians safe during Mother Nature's icy rage this past week. Impassable roads, downed trees and power lines, fires and many other emergency calls have kept Marion County EMS, Marion County Rescue Squad, city and county police departments and the city and county fire departments extremely busy.

    And, for the most part, there were many things that went right during the past week and only a few things that went wrong.

  • Many Marion Countians still without power

    Kentucky Utilities reported this morning that it now has 110,000 customers without power statement.  Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly spoke with Inter-County Energy official. Of their more than 5,100 sites, about 3,000 were without power around midday. He added that at least 50 of Inter-County's poles were down.

  • Debris removal information

    County residents should continue to take tree limbs to the transfer station on Fairground Road or leave them in the right-of-way along county roads and state highways, according to Marion County Judge-Executive John G. Mattingly.

    The right-of-way for county roads is generally 15-feet from the center line of the road, Mattingly said. The right-of-way for state highways varies, he added. People should be careful not to place debris where it would be in the road or could create visibility issues for drivers.

  • Roby Dome scoreboard clocks out

    After several problems throughout this season, the scoreboard at the Roby Dome officially clocked out on Friday night during the Knights game against Taylor County, leaving the teams in the dark about the score and time remaining.

    "This is my third year as athletic director and I've never had any clock issues as a coach or an athletic director," Stacey Hall, Marion County High School athletic director, said. "I've had floor issues but never clock issues."

  • Power restoration more than 93 percent complete statewide

    More than 93 percent of the customers who lost power at the peak of last month's massive ice storm have had their electric service restored, according to new figures compiled by the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC).

    Information gathered from all electric providers in the state shows that 49,755 customers were without power as of this morning. That is about 6.5 percent of the 769,353 customers who lost power at the peak of the storm on Jan. 29.

    Most of the customers still without power are in western Kentucky, where the storm damage was the most severe.

  • School is cancelled for the rest of the week

    Marion County Public Schools will remain closed for the remainder of this week, according to an email from Superintendent Roger Marcum.

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m. today

     The following is the agenda for the 4 p.m. Feb. 5 meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court: