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Today's News

  • Board begins search process

    For the second time since 2009, Marion County Public Schools are searching for a superintendent.

    On Feb. 8, the Marion County Board of Education agreed to hire Mike Oder of the Kentucky School Boards Association as a consultant during the process. According to the contract, the KSBA will receive $8,500 for its assistance with the search process.

    In response to a question from school board member Ed Hacker, Oder explained the benefit of hiring KSBA.

  • Tourist commission questions director, approves funds for BBQ festival

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission met for more then four hours on Monday, including an hour in executive session to discuss possible disciplinary actions against Executive Director Chris Hamilton.

    Some commissioners raised concerns about a dinner bill from Hennings restaurant, and at the end of the meeting Commissioner Nancy Higdon made the motion to go into closed session to discuss possible disciplinary action against Hamilton. No disciplinary action was taken when the board returned to open session, however.

  • Friendly physician passes away

    Dr. Robert Wilber will be remembered by friends, co-workers and patients for his personal service and concern. He died Feb. 7. He was 78 years old.

    "He was one of a kind," said Linda Crouch, a long-term employee of Wilber's.

    Crouch said Wilber practiced medicine in Lebanon from 1962 until 1997. He later returned to medicine for a short time in Springfield.

    "He loved to educate his patients," Crouch said.

  • Heart attack suspected as cause of death in accident

    From The Kentucky Standard

    A Marion County man who died after getting into a minor accident Thursday in Bardstown is suspected to have suffered a heart attack.

    Joseph Wayne Newton, 59, of Loretto was pronounced dead in the Flaget Memorial Hospital after being transported there by Nelson County EMS, according to Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin.

    Houghlin said an autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner to determine an exact cause of death, but preliminary indications point to a heart attack. 

  • MCHS principal search underway

    The Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council has renewed its search for a principal.

    Chris Brady, the interim principal and the chairman of the council, said the notice was posted on the Kentucky Department of Education website on Feb. 2. Brady said the notice must be posted for at least 30 days.

    "It will be at least a month or two before anything big happens," Brady said.

  • School board will meet Thursday evening

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10.

    The board is scheduled to meet with Mike Oder of the Kentucky School Boards Association to develop a superintendent search plan.

    The board is also scheduled to discuss parliamentary procedures and to approve the minutes of previous meetings.

  • No school Friday, Feb. 11

    Marion County Public Schools will be closed Friday, Feb. 11, due to poor road conditions.

    The National Weather Service is predicting patchy fog before 7 a.m. Friday. The forecast is for sunny conditions with a high of 34 degrees with wind chill factors as low as zero.

    The forecast for Friday evening is for a high around 22 degrees.

  • Column: General Assembly prepared for several bills during short session

    As we returned to Frankfort to resume the 2011 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, we are faced with issues that are as wide and varied as the monster snowstorm that cut through much of the United States this week. Several bills have already passed through the House of Representatives and are on their way to the Senate for consideration.

  • Column: Where is the beef, school board?

    By Joseph B. Stevens

     

  • Column: Prospective savings and right to life

    The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after the January recess to continue our 30-day session. Protecting the lives of the unborn and saving tax-payer dollars were two themes that emerged.