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Today's News

  • Man of the town

    Joe Mattingly III served as the Marion County attorney for more than 24 years and has been operating his own law firm in Lebanon for 18 years. But, what many people don’t know is that he almost played Major League Baseball.
    Well, sort of.
    “I was convinced until I got to high school that I was going to play second base for the Cincinnati Reds,” Joe said, laughing. “I was absolutely certain of that.”

  • Working toward a new life

    The pomp may have been lower key, but the circumstance was just as important to the seven most recent graduates of the GED program at the Marion County Detention Center.
    David Nelson, 36, was the first person at the jail to earn his GED after the implementation of a computer-only testing system.
    "It's been 20 years since I dropped out of school. It was not easy," Nelson said.
    For him, completing the GED, along with the substance abuse program at the jail, is a new step in his life.

  • School board meets Thursday

     The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Lebanon Middle School.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Amend Agenda

    • Communications

    - Principal report/student presentations

    - Bullying prevention video

    - Operation Preparation

    - Superintendent report

  • Attorney: NGLs ‘needs to be a priority issue’

    Approximately 100 people attended a meeting March 19 at the Marion County Extension Office to discuss natural gas liquids (NGLs).
    The Tennessee Gas Pipeline (which is owned by Kinder Morgan) has applied to abandon part of an existing natural gas pipeline with plans to convert it to carry NGLs.
    “I am proud to live in a county where we still know the value of land as heritage,” said Susan Classen, a co-member of the Loretto Community and one of the panelists at last week’s meeting.

  • Attorney urges landowners to review easement agreements

     Property owners who would like to get copies of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline easements on their land can go to the Marion County Clerk’s Office.

    However, some people at the March 19 meeting indicated that not all the easements are still on file there. Landowners whose easement agreements are no longer on file were told to contact Kinder Morgan directly.

    They were advised to contact Justin Dorman by calling 615-221-1518 or sending an email to justindorman@kindermorgan.com.

  • County questions safety of NGL project

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has added its voice to those concerned about a plan to transport natural gas liquids through pipes already buried in Marion County.
    On March 19, the fiscal court unanimously approved a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In the letter, county officials expressed concerns about Kinder Morgan's plan to convert pipes that have been carrying natural gas for 50 or more years to carry natural gas liquids.

  • Attorney urges landowners to review easement agreements

    Property owners who would like to get copies of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline easements on their land can go to the Marion County Clerk’s Office.
    However, some people at the March 19 meeting indicated that not all the easements are still on file there. Landowners whose easement agreements are no longer on file were told to contact Kinder Morgan directly.
    They were advised to contact Justin Dorman by calling 615-221-1518 or sending an email to justindorman@kindermorgan.com.

  • Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids through 18 Kentucky counties under controversial plan

    By Greg Kocher
    Lexington Herald Leader

    A company's proposal to change the product flowing through an existing natural gas pipeline, and to reverse the flow through that interstate line, is drawing increasing concern and comment from Kentuckians.

  • St. Baldrick's is Saturday

    Marion County's ninth annual St. Baldrick's event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at St. Augustine School.
    Citizens National Bank is once again sponsoring the event, which raises money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The foundation raises money to combat children's cancer.

  • Junior Mister event is March 28

    The annual Junior Mister competition will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at Marion County High School. This year’s theme is “Dancing through the Decades.”
    For the past 11 years, the proceeds from Junior Mister have benefitted the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which received $92,000 donations from the event. This year, however, MCHS students voted on where they wanted the proceeds to go. They chose three charities: Working the Puzzle for Autism Walk, the Marion County Animal Shelter and Kosair Children’s Hospital.