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Today's News

  • Littering is lame: Jailer hopes to start a countywide road clean up challenge

    It’s not uncommon to see inmates from the Marion County Detention Center picking up litter along the roadsides, but some people might have thought they were seeing things last week when they saw Jailer Barry Brady picking up trash in the St. Joe area.
    Brady and his wife, Lisa, picked up 11 bags of trash along just one mile of county road in St. Joe on March 31. And, he’s challenged his 54-member staff at the jail to do the same as a part of the “Marion County Detention Center employee road clean up challenge.”

  • MCHS graduation will be Friday, May 29

    Marion County High School students will be graduating on a Friday evening this year.
    The MCHS Site-Based Decision Making Council voted to set graduation at 7 p.m. May 29 during its meeting Thursday, according to Principal Mike Abell.
    “We knew any way we go, some people were going to be unhappy,” Abell said.
    The district conducted a phone survey of parents, asking if they would prefer to have graduation Friday evening, May 29, or Saturday morning, May 30. Abell said about 60 percent of the respondents preferred Friday evening.

  • Local cancer survivor to participate in Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade

    Ackie George partied in the infield at the Kentucky Derby during her “younger days,” but she’s never been to the Kentucky Oaks.
    This year, she’ll not only attend the Kentucky Oaks on May 1, she’ll also join 140 breast and ovarian cancer survivors as they march around Churchill Downs’ historic racetrack during the Survivors Parade.

  • Truck, garage damaged in fire

    One dog proved he was man's best friend on Monday. Greg Lee said he was sleeping when he heard a thud and his dog, Jaxx LaDoux, started going crazy.
    Jaxx, a pitbull, kept trying to get Lee's attention until he got up. When he looked out the window, he saw his truck and his car were on fire.
    "Everything was already ablaze," Lee said.

  • County drops 14 spots in health rankings

    Marion County is the 57th healthiest county in Kentucky. That is down from 43rd in 2014, according to the latest county health rankings released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
    That doesn’t mean the report was all bad news.

  • Three Republicans seek to be next state treasurer

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    In March, 13 state office seekers attended the LaRue County Republican Party’s chili supper.
    Jon Larson (R-Lexington) was unique among the candidates. He wants to abolish the office he is running for.
    Larson said the state treasurer office is an “insignificant overpaid job with no real power.”

  • Committee to review school board public comment policy

    The Marion County Board of Education has created a committee to review its existing public comments policy, and that committee held its first meeting on April 2.
    Last week’s meeting was primarily an organizational meeting, according to school board member Kaelin Reed, who has been an advocate for changing the policy.
    Daniel Beams was elected as the committee chairman. He is the director of the 21st Century Learning Center.

  • Reward offered for stolen bush hog

    On April 3, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the theft of a Woods Model DS120 Rotary Cutter bush hog, valued at $7,000, from a farm at 251 Campbell Lane, approximately two miles west of Lebanon.
    The sheriff's office reported that the theft is believed to have occurred before April 1. Anyone with information related to this crime are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 270-692-3051. Deputy Sheriff Courtney Deering is investigating.

  • Library partners with Driving-Tests.org

    Marion County Public Library has started a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free DMV practice tests to library patrons.
    The service includes free tests, written specifically based on state DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.

  • Easter fun at the library

    The Marion County Public Library hosted an Easter egg hunt, along with Easter arts and crafts and a special story about an Easter cat last week. The stormy weather kept many children and their parents from attending, so the kiddos who did attend hit the jackpot in the candy department!