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Today's News

  • Every school could get a full-time nurse

    While it’s not official until a contract is signed, every school in the Marion County Public School System could have its very own nurse next school year.

  • Top of the barrel

    Barry Shewmaker was at the bottom of the barrel when he went to work at Kentucky Cooperage in 1991. In his first job, he was a barrel stacker, which is exactly what the title implies.
    And he used that experience to build a career.
    Today, Shewmaker is the plant manager at the cooperage, which is owned by Independent Stave Company, and he was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Industry Manager by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

  • The mark of good art

    In conjunction with Maker’s Mark’s 60th anniversary of kicking off the bourbon revolution, a stunning, 36’ x 6’ glass art installation by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly was unveiled March 26 in one of the distillery’s rack houses. The piece of art took more than seven months to complete and stretches down the walkway of one of the distillery’s rickhouses. The artwork will be available for the public to enjoy as a permanent part of the Maker’s Mark distillery tour.
     

  • St. Baldrick’s at MCDC

    Thirty-seven members of the Substance Abuse Program (SAP) at the Marion County Detention Center, along with a few staff members, participated in their very own head-shaving event Friday morning and raised $500 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
    According to Melissa Hoisington, assistant director of the SAP program, MCDC is the first jail in the state of Kentucky to hold a St. Baldrick’s event. Hoisington said she recently taught a class to the SAP participants about giving back to the community, which is what led to the head-shaving event at the jail.

  • Keeping trac(tors)

    If you've been to the Marion County Country Ham Days Pigasus Parade, then you've probably seen Jimmy Hughes' collection of Farmall tractors. He's also taken them to Plow Days, displayed them at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Farm, Home and Garden Show, and showed them off at farm machinery shows in multiple states.
    Among his 10 tractors, he has all six models that International Harvester manufactured in the 1940s.
    "I've got every one of 'em from the M [the biggest] to the Cub [the smallest]," Hughes said.

  • After seven years, annexation upheld

    When the Lebanon City Council annexed approximately 415 acres of property in February of 2006, it led to more than six years of court cases before reaching the Kentucky Supreme Court in November of 2012.
    On March 20, the Supreme Court handed down a 6-1 decision upholding the annexation and remanded the case to Marion Circuit Court with instructions to enter a summary judgment in the city’s favor.

  • Farm, Home and Garden Show is this weekend
  • Writers events set for April 6 and April 13

    Each of the next two Sundays, Marion County residents will have a chance to meet and mingle with writers with local ties.
    At 2 p.m. April 6, the Marion County Heritage Center is hosting a reception with several writers. The writers scheduled to be at the center are:
    • Ann (Phyllis Spalding) Barnett of Calvary, “Between the Rows”
    • Seth Benningfield of Lebanon, “Holy Lands of Kentucky”
    • Joe Edgar Bland for his late daughter-in-law Heather Hornback-Bland, “God Said Yes”

  • Bluegrass Pipeline project can't take land, judge says

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Developers of the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline do not have the legal authority to condemn land to pipe natural gas liquids across Kentucky, a judge ruled March 25.
    In an 18-page order, Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd granted a summary judgment in favor of the group Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain, or KURE, which has fought the pipeline project.

  • Pageant to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

    The Reach for the Stars Beauty Pageant is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at Marion County High School. This event is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
    The pageant is open to boys and girls from newborns to 10 years old. The deadline to register is April 7.
    The cost is $10 per participant and $5 for spectators. Participants can preregister for $7 at the Farm, Home and Garden Show. Participants need to arrive at the high school by 1 p.m. on the day of the pageant.