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Today's News

  • Student drug-testing policy approved

    After more than a year of discussion, the Marion County Board of Education approved the student drug-testing policy during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, July 12.

    And they did so, unanimously, with no discussion.

  • Push for E911 continues

    Marion County may be crawling toward E911, but it is getting closer to acquiring the service.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly told the fiscal court during its July 7 meeting that he had spoken recently with Joe Barrows of the Kentucky Commercial Radio Services Board, and the board may assist the county as well.

  • Air Methods open house is Saturday

    Air Methods, the nation's largest air medical transport service, recently signed an agreement with the Lebanon-Springfield Airport. Air Methods will have a base at the airport to serve Marion and Washington counties and the surrounding area.

    The company is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, for the community. Anyone interested in learning more about the service is invited to attend.

  • City alters proposed parking restrictions

    On July 11, the city council had planned to vote on the second reading of an ordinance prohibiting limiting parking 50 feet from the intersection of North Street and West High Street. Instead, the council held the first reading of a revised ordinance limiting parking within 25 feet of the intersection.

    Fannie Lambe and Sheila Wiser asked the council to reconsider the proposal. Lambe wrote a letter to the city, and Wiser addressed the council in person.

  • County receives Homeland Security grant

    Marion County has been approved for a $71,795 grant from Homeland Security.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved a budget amendment to include the grant funds during its July 7 meeting.

    That grant will be used to purchase portable radios and mobile data computers for emergency services, according to County Treasurer Kevin Cochran.

    In other business:

  • Superintendent's goals for 2011-12

    Superintendent Chuck Hamilton reviewed his 2011-12 goals with the Marion County Board of Education during the board's regular monthly meeting Tuesday, July 12. These goals will be voted on at the August board meeting.

    The goals include: 

    • Conducting regular administrative meetings with two-way communication focused on curriculum and instruction.

  • Board approves creation of new position

  • Tech center project is complete

    Architect George Birk was absent during the board's July 12 meeting but Scott Spalding, transportation and maintenance director for the Marion County Public School System, reported that the Marion County Area Technology Center addition/renovation is now complete.

     He also reported that Melson roofing was awarded the Marion County High School press box roof replacement project. The total estimated cost after architect/engineer fees and contingencies is $25,461.    

  • Special education program receives top rating

    Superintendent Hamilton congratulated Debbie Spalding, special education director, for the MCPS Special Education program receiving a top rating from the Division of Learning Services.

     Also, the special education program will be using its $11,115 WHAS Crusade for Children grant funds to purchase 15 iPods, iPod carts, 10 iPads and 10 iPad cases that will be used in the classroom.    

  • Local students win statewide slogan contest

    Two local students recently won the Kentucky Civic Education Slogan Contest. Lebanon Middle School student Bailey Tungate received second place statewide for her slogan, "They fought for the right; the rest is up to you."

    St. Charles Middle School student Eddie Jacobs II received third place statewide for his slogan, "Vote now or forever hold your peace."