Today's News

  • Study: ‘Pill mill’ law has cut doctor shopping

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    Kentucky’s prescription drug reforms from 2012 have resulted in a large drop in doctor shopping among addicts and a major decline in the number of questionable pain clinics operating in the state, a study shows.
    The University of Kentucky Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy conducted a yearlong review of the state’s “pill mill” legislation, finding a 52 percent decrease in the number of addicts who bounced from doctor to doctor in search of prescriptions.

  • Survey says…

    Every two years, the Kentucky Department of Education conducts a survey of the state’s public school teachers. The purpose of this survey is to track teachers’ opinions of the teaching and learning conditions at their respective schools.
    Statewide, 89.3 percent of teachers responded to the 2015 Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning Survey. In Marion County, 96 percent of teachers responded to the survey.
    The survey is focused on each school rather than the district as a whole.

  • School board meets tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the 21st Century Learning Center, 214 N. Harrison Street in Lebanon.
    The agenda includes a discussion of staff drug testing, graduation requirements and the superintendent's evaluation. The evaluation is toward the end of the agenda, and the board is scheduled to go into executive session for the preliminary discussions related to that evaluation. A written evaluation will be presented in open session.
    Here is the agenda:
    • Call to order
    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

  • County looks to hire emergency management director

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty reported that he has received several applications for the vacant county emergency management director’s seat.
    “Hopefully we’ll have somebody appointed at the next meeting,” Daugherty said during the July 16 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.

  • Home-builders

    The My New Kentucky Home chapter of Habitat for Humanity held its Build Blitz July 18-19 for this year’s home construction. Daphne Staples and her children, Jaquavion and Patience, will be moving into the house at the corner of Lincoln and Edmonds Avenues when it is complete. Volunteers provided labor and food over the weekend to kick off the construction. Volunteers are still need to finish the remaining work to get the house ready for the Staples family to move in.

  • The band’s storytellers

    Allyx Hill liked what she saw from the Marion County Marching Knights color guard.
    “You guys are light years ahead of where you were last year,” she told the team during a break at their recent camp.
    The color guard has started learning the spins, twirls and dance steps that will be part of this year’s competition piece.
    MCHS Band Director Curtis Bennett said the color guard are like the actors of the marching band. He also sounds like he’s looking forward to seeing what this year’s group can do.

  • Endurance Superstar

    Horse royalty visited Marion County last week.

  • Winebrenner re-elected as tourism treasurer

    David Winebrenner has been re-elected as the treasurer for the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission. The commission recently amended its bylaws to allow one person to remain in that position for multiple terms.

  • Lawsuit against Forkland center dismissed

    A civil case filed against the Forkland Community Center and John and Carolyn Ellis has been dismissed by Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram.
    Joy Dearinger of Boyle County filed a complaint Aug. 14, 2014, in Marion Circuit Court. In her complaint, she stated that she fell during the Forkland Heritage Festival while descending stairs Oct. 12, 2013, near Curtis Falls resulting in head and bodily injuries. According to the initial complaint, Dearinger was seeking compensation for damages and for her costs.

  • Fracking hot topic during public forum

    By Laura Buchanan
    The Messenger, Madisonville

    Representatives from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and its agencies heard passionate statements from several area residents and fuel producers July 7 in the first of three public comment meetings regarding oil and gas development in the state.