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Today's News

  • Board: Superintendent 'excellent' in first year

    Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith has done an excellent job during his first year as superintendent, according to four of the five members of the Marion County Board of Education. But, for one board member, the jury is still out on Smith's performance.

    Tuesday of last week, the Marion County Board of Education completed Smith's annual performance evaluation, which was conducted in open session. The three and a half hour discussion included positive feedback and praise for the rookie superintendent, specifically his success at holding all staff accountable.

  • Ban on texting while driving takes effect Thursday

    The following announcement was issued by the Governor's office regarding the ban on texting while driving, which takes effect Thursday, July 15:

  • Closed session on student transfer was legal

    When the Marion County Board of Education went into closed session during its June 8 meeting, it did not violate the open meetings act, according to an opinion issued by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office July 6.

    The Attorney General's Office found that the closed session held during that meeting was allowed under KRS 61.815(1)(k). The section allows a governing body to enter into a closed session for meetings which "federal or state law specifically require to be conducted in private."

  • Put away the vuvuzelas ... for now

    A few random thoughts now that I’ve had my fill of international soccer ...

    The World Cup may be over, but I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of the vuvuzela.

    I’ve heard about an iPhone app, and I’ve already seen and heard actual vuvuzelas during a few recent bouts by the Derby City Roller Girls.

  • Mock disaster is scheduled for Thursday

    On Thursday July 15, Marion County Emergency Management and Marion County Emergency Services along with the City of Lebanon and the Lebanon Water Works will be hosting a 10-county multi-agency emergency exercise at the Lebanon Water Treatment Plant located in Calvary.

    A simulated chlorine leak from the treatment plant and an automobile accident at the intersection of Highway 208 and Old Calvary Road will occur simultaneously requiring the response of the Marion County EMS, along with the Lebanon Fire Department, Marion County Rescue Squad, local law enforcement, Lebanon Polic

  • Fiscal Court meets this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, July 15, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda is as follows:

  • Gov. Beshear appoints Marcum to the Kentucky Board of Education

    Former Marion County Superintendent Roger Marcum was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Education last week.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced the appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education Thursday, choosing representation from business, education and community interests throughout the Commonwealth.

  • Find a friend at the Shelter

    Animal shelters have a great selection of adult animals for adoption, and many of them also have kittens, puppies and purebred animals.

    On average, purebreds account for about 25 to 30 percent of a shelter’s dog population.

    Did you know?

    Many pets at your local shelter are waiting for new homes because they were obtained by people with unrealistic expectations of the time, effort, and money required to sustain a lifelong relationship with their pet.

  • Update: Escaped inmate has been apprehended

    Parker Perdue walked away from the Marion Adjustment Center during the evening of July 2, and he was recaptured around 10:47 p.m.

    Perdue, 31, was serving a three-year sentence for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument out of Barren County.

     

     

  • July 12 is the deadline to register with FEMA

    Federal officials are reminding county residents that they have until Monday, July 12, to register for disaster assistance as a result of the May 2 flooding. A federal disaster was declared as a result of the damage caused by the flooding.

    Residents can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. Phones are open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day.

    Residents must register in order to be eligible for federal disaster assistance.