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Today's News

  • Heating assistance program starts Jan. 12

    On Jan. 12, Central Kentucky Community Action office will begin assisting families of low-income with the LIHEAP Crisis Program.
    To be eligible for crisis funds you must be in a heating crisis. You must have a past due/disconnect notice from the electric or natural gas company or be out of bulk fuel within four days if using propane, fuel oil, kerosene, or wood, or a formal eviction notice from your landlord if heating expenses are included in the rent.

  • MCHS SBDM Council parent election

    Marion County High School will have a special parent election for the school site base council from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, in the school foyer. To be a candidate you must have a child enrolled at the high school at the present time.
    Nominations are due to the school secretary in the school office no later than 3 p.m. on Jan. 15. Nomination forms can be picked up in the school office. 
    Results will be announced (runoff held if necessary) at 4:15 p.m., Jan. 16, in the school office.

  • ‘Over the Top’ preschool registration is Feb. 7

    Marion County Public Schools will be hosting an “Over the Top” preschool registration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at Glasscock Elementary School.
    This event will include games, prizes, free food and balloons.
    Parents of children eligible to attend preschool during the 2015-16 academic years are encouraged to register that day.
    This includes:
    • Parents of children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2015, who may be eligible. These parents will need to bring proof of income.

  • Questions linger on teacher pension bonds

    By Mike Wynn
    Courier-Journal

    Confronted with alarming shortfalls, lawmakers say they want reforms in the state's retirement plan for teachers next year before they consider borrowing any more money for pensions.
    The 2015 General Assembly convenes next week amid calls for billions of dollars in bonds to help the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System grapple with its pension debt.
    The system faces $14 billion in unfunded liabilities and has only 54 percent of the money it needs to pay future benefits.

  • Sober to start: MADD wants Kentucky to get tougher on drunk drivers

    Marion County’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter and MADD chapters all over the state of Kentucky are working to advance legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
    Legislation has been introduced in the past, but it’s been unsuccessful. However, Mimi Crum, chairperson of the local MADD Community Action Site and volunteer victim advocate, remains hopeful.
    “I understand that Kentucky has a lot of budgetary issues, but we have to save lives, too,” Crum said.

  • Homicide: Local woman found dead in driveway

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a homicide after a Lebanon woman was found dead in her driveway Thursday evening.
    The KSP received a call from the Lebanon Police Department at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 25, reporting a female who was found lying in her driveway on Parkside Drive in Lebanon with an apparent gunshot wound.
    The victim, Susan D. Summers (a.k.a. Susan Diane Mattingly, a.k.a. Diane Mattingly Summers), 46, was taken to Spring View Hospital where she was pronounced dead by the Marion County Coroner.

  • Helping people

    Twelve years ago when Roger “Cotton” Smothers announced he was going to run for magistrate, he was told he didn’t have a chance. In fact, one person went as far as to say he would be an embarrassment to his community.
    “I come from a very poor background,” Smothers said. “I didn't have much as a child growing up.”
    Smothers said he and his family got their water from a spring, and had no bathroom in their house.

  • School district accused of wrongful termination

    Three lawsuits were filed against Marion County Public Schools in 2014, and two are still pending.
    The first lawsuit was filed in June and stemmed from accusations of abuse by a former special education teacher. That lawsuit was settled Nov. 17 when the parents of the affected students reached a confidential agreement with the district.

  • Police investigating tire slashings

    The Lebanon Police are investigating a series of tire slashings that started around Dec. 21.
    Victims have been reported on Shuck Avenue and Mulberry Street in Lebanon and at Dunn’s Motors on West Main Street in Lebanon.
    Lebanon Assistant Police Chief Greg Young estimated that at least 67 tires have been slashed since last week. He said he did not know how many different victims have been affected.
    “It’s obvious when you drive by the lot (Dunn’s). They’re probably the biggest victim,” Young said.

  • Upcoming holiday closings

    The Marion Circuit Clerk’s office and the Marion County Judicial Center will be closed Jan. 1-2 for New Year’s.
    The Marion County Clerk’s office will close at noon on Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1-3. The county clerk’s office will also be closed Jan. 5 for an audit.
    The Lebanon Enterprise will be closed Jan. 1.
    County residents should be aware that the sheriff’s office will be open until 3 p.m. on Dec. 31 for end of the year tax payments. Penalties may start after the first of the year.