Today's News

  • Fair Play

    The Marion County Fair was dampened but not drowned by last week’s rain.
    Betty Bradshaw, the fair board treasurer, reported that approximately 4,500 attended last week’s events. She said this was down 2,000 to 2,500 from last year’s attendance.
    She said the week started with higher attendance on Monday and Tuesday than the fair received last year on those days. Tuesday the fair hosted 17 harness races, and Bradshaw said they may return to two days of harness racing next year if the number of races increases.

  • Chamber director resigns

    Stacy Mattingly has resigned as the executive director of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

    In a letter received July 3 by the chamber’s board of directors, Mattingly expressed her gratitude to the current and past board members. Mattingly has served as the chamber director since 2008.

    “I’ve greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunities I’ve had and I’ve learned,” she wrote.

  • ‘Jets’ keep on soaring

    Eleven years ago, Lewis “The General” Patton organized the first remote control model jet show in Kentucky.
    “It was just a three-day event, and there were only 28 people here,” Patton recalled.
    Today, Jets Over Kentucky is considered the largest r.c. jet show in the world. The 2015 event started this past weekend and continues until this Sunday at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport, and more than 250 r.c. pilots from across the globe with more than 400 jets are expected this year.

  • County looking for new emergency management director

    The Marion County Fiscal Court emerged from an executive session at its July 2 meeting and voted to advertise to find a part-time emergency management director.
    Hayden Johnson, 60, has filled that role since October of 2011. He was not at last week’s fiscal court meeting, but he said in a telephone interview that he recently retired after 18 years as a program supervisor for pretrial services for the Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • Akers takes on a new role

    Angie Akers started her educational career at Glasscock Elementary School, and last week, she was appointed to become that school’s new principal.
    “I love Glasscock. Anybody that knows me knows that my heart is here,” Akers said.
    She grew up in Marion County, where even as a child she would play school.
    “I had some great teachers that I wanted to be like when I grew up,” Akers said.

  • Sound of Music starts Thursday

    Kentucky Classic Theatre will be presenting Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” July 9-11 and July 16-18 at Centre Square in Lebanon.
    A live orchestra will help retell the story of the Von Trapp family in pre-World War II Austria. This performance lasts approximately two and a half hours. Tickets are available at www.mykct.com or by calling  270-321-0218.

  • St. Francis Picnic is July 9-11

    The annual St. Francis Picnic is scheduled to take place Thursday, July 9, through Saturday, July 11.
    Thursday is a ride night only. On Friday and Saturday, a D.J. will be on hand, and dinners will be served each night. Friday’s dinner from 5 p.m. until midnight will include country ham, pork chops and ribeye sandwiches, and fried chicken and country ham will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. A mass will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.

  • Gathering Against Racism

    A community-wide gathering against racism is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Centre Square. This event is a response to the recent shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and the three subsequent arsons at black churches. Anyone who would like to speak or help lead discussions should call Rev. Carrie Mook Bridgman at 770-655-3778 or Jerry Evans at 270-692-5579.

  • High school registration set for later this month

    Marion County High School registration will be held later this month. Each class will have different registration dates.
    Seniors will register from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 20.
    Juniors will register from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21.
    Sophomores will register from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.
    The make-up registration for seniors, juniors and sophomores will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, and Friday, July 24.

  • MCPS receives $25,000 from Crusade

    The Crusade for Children announced that it has distributed $5.67 million to 191 organizations across Kentuckiana. One of those grant recipients is Marion County Public Schools, which will receive $25,000.
    This is the 62nd year that WHAS has hosted the Crusade for Children telethon. During those 62 years, the Crusade has raised more than $165 million. All of the money raised from donations is returned to organizations that provide services for children with special needs.