Today's News

  • Arson investigator contacted about Loretto fire

    The Loretto Fire Department responded to a trailer fire at 605 Reuben Smith Road in Loretto at 10:20 p.m. Monday evening.
    No injuries were reported, but the Kentucky State Police arson investigator has been contacted. Loretto Fire Chief Tommy Hamilton said Tuesday morning that he was waiting to hear back from the arson investigator.
    Firefighters from Loretto and New Hope responded, and they remained on the scene until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

    No one had lived in the trailer for about a month, according to Hamilton.

  • Water company purchases $444,000 generator

    After discussing it for years, the Lebanon Water Company has purchased a generator capable of running its water treatment plant in Calvary.
    The generator is not like anything available at a local hardware store. The Cummins 500kw generator has an 850-gallon tank, and it cost $444,000, according to John L. Thomas, the water company superintendent.
    “This is a big boy,” he said.
    It’s also been installed on an elevated platform.
    “We built it purposely to be one foot higher than the May 2010 flood,” Thomas said.

  • St. Francis Picnic Fun!
  • Slightly off

    It’s been a busy few months for the Marion County Board of Education. Many things have happened in a very short amount of time. So, let’s review…
    Superintendent Chuck Hamilton unexpectedly announced his retirement on May 2, and the search for a new superintendent began immediately.
    On June 25, the board hired Steve Burkich as the acting superintendent of Marion County Public Schools.

  • The struggling coal industry is a statewide issue

    There were several Interim Joint Committee meetings this past week, including a Special Subcommittee on Energy that focused on Kentucky’s struggling coal industry and the adverse impact of impending federal regulations. The decline in coal production that could result from these regulations is not just an Eastern Kentucky issue, but a serious statewide issue, as well.

  • Free seminar about the dangers of sports concussions this Thursday

    By Melissa Lee Knight
    My brother, Larry Lee, suffered a brain injury at the age of 12 from a farm accident and though it seemed he healed physically in a relatively short time, by the time he reached high school we realized his injury would have repercussions that affected his whole life. We knew Larry’s symptoms were a direct result of a very traumatic brain injury, but not all head injuries are that easy to spot. 

  • Consensus Forecasting Group and its crystal ball assist state government

    They may be relatively unknown, and their subject matter may be a little dry, but the eight economists who comprise the Consensus Forecasting Group have a powerful role to play: They determine just how much money state government can expect.
    As anyone who has ever put a budget together knows, it can be tough to predict what a year will bring. Their job, however, is even more difficult: They have to look more than 30 months ahead, to cover not just the two-year span for the budget but also the six additional months needed to prepare, pass and implement it.

  • Mattingly is Outstanding Employee of the Quarter
  • Ambassadors get ready for freshmen arrival


  • Students receive 2013 AP Scholar Awards

    Forty-three students at Marion County High School have earned AP Scholars Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level 2013 Advanced Placement Exams.