Today's News

  • Are Marion County children worth a nickel


  • Chaos in the cafeteria

    Organized chaos.
    That’s how someone might describe lunchtime at Lebanon Elementary School.

  • For generations to come

    At the beginning of this year, Paula Newby toured Lebanon Elementary School. She had no idea that when she started the tour, she would end up leaving in tears.
    “I was very upset when I left,” she said. “I was in tears to see how crowded it was and see them trying to fit everything in.”

  • Elementary schools on the brink

    Walking into Calvary Elementary School, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
    I had been there before for other events. The lobby was welcoming as ever with the colorfully painted murals and kids bustling about as some of them got ready for their buses and others rushed to get to the after school feeding program.
    I signed in at the front office and made my way down the hallway to my destination.

  • Three generations of Knights

    A lot can change in 46 years.
    Everything changes.
    One place that hasn’t seen a lot of change in almost five decades is Marion County High School.
    Just ask the Peterson family.
    The Petersons represent three generations of Knights who have been there from the beginning, starting with Joey Peterson who is now the head custodian at the high school. Graduating in 1973, Joey was there when the building was new and everything was polished.

  • Change of heart

    Butch Cecil isn’t afraid to admit that he was uneducated and misinformed when he signed the recallable nickel petition in 2007.
    He and his wife had just moved back to his native home of Marion County.
    He had just bought into the family farm, renovated his home and spent a considerable amount of money. So, when he saw a petition sitting on the counter at Blandford’s Store, he was curious.
    “What’s this?” Cecil remembers asking.
    “A petition to not raise your taxes,” someone in the store answered.

  • Local business leaders: Recallable nickel is an investment

    The results of the recallable nickel vote on Nov. 8 will not just impact the Marion County Public School System. The results will also impact the local economy, specifically the county’s ability to recruit new business and industry, as well as keep current industries here.

  • The recallable nickel nickel could lower property taxes

    The recallable nickel could actually lower your property taxes.

  • If Marion County approves the nickel

    Marion County Public Schools would be eligible to receive additional state funds for every dollar received if the recallable nickel is approved. Marion County will receive approximately $463,102 from state equalization EACH YEAR toward facilities. The bonding capacity for Marion County Public Schools would increase to $26.495 million dollars with state equalization. Marion County hasn’t approved the recallable nickel and is not eligible for state matching funds.

    State funds received by county
    Taylor County: $18 million

  • McRay hired to lead MCATC

    Career and technical education is where Christina McRay got her start.
    McRay was a business education teacher in Bullitt County for eight years before coming back to her native Marion County to serve as assistant principal at Marion County High School in 2010. In 2014, she became principal at Lebanon Middle School. While she has enjoyed her time leading LMS, returning to the career and technical education field is an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.
    “It’s always been in my heart,” McRay said, referring to career and technical education.