Today's News

  • Arts and Humanities Council plans summer camp

    Making music, dancing and sculpting wire animals are a few of the programs being offered at this year's arts camp, sponsored by the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council, in cooperation with the Marion County Extension Office and Marion County Family Resource Centers.

    The camp will be held July 16 to July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marion County Extension office. Lunch is included. The camp is open to students in grades 3 to 8 (as of fall 2012). And the cost is $10.

  • Girl Scouts to celebrate 100 years

    Saturday, March 12, will mark the 100th year of Girl Scouts in the United States.

    Marion County's Girl Scouts will be celebrating next weekend with a birthday party Sunday, May 20, at Graham Memorial Park.

    In 2011, Marion County had 14 troops and more than 120 girls participating in Girl Scouts. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts - 2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.

  • Marion County's Got Talent

    Marion County residents will soon have the opportunity to audition for a chance to showcase their skills in the inaugural "Marion County's Got Talent" set for Saturday, June 2. Singers, dancers, jugglers, musicians, comedians, ventriloquists, magicians, and others with a unique talent they want to share are all invited to audition. The competition is being hosted by Kentucky Classic Arts (KCA) and Marion County 4-H.

  • Two teens killed in Taylor County collision

    Justin Atwood, 19, and Jade M. Sullivan, 17, both of Campbellsville, were killed Saturday, May 5, during a head-on collision.

    The accident occurred at approximately 7:08  p.m., on US 68,  one-mile east of Campbellsville, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • Cornbread Craze

    A truck, loaded with books about a criminal syndicate, is stolen... it seems almost poetic, doesn't it?

    Or, a darn good publicity stunt, perhaps?

    No matter how farfetched it might sound, it's exactly what happened Saturday, April 28, at a truck yard in Elgin, Ill.

    A trailer, carrying 1,672 copies of Cornbread Mafia written by Jim Higdon III, was stolen.

  • Extension agent moving to Woodford County

    For at least a few weeks, Marion County will be down to one extension agent.

    May 1 was Elizabeth Creed's last day as the Marion County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. She has accepted the same position in Woodford County, but she said her time in Marion County has benefited her career.

    "I've learned a lot," Creed said. "Being in this type of position, you learn all you can in school and in training, but 90 percent of what you learn is on the job."

  • Beam's barrels a bonus for school system

    In a 3-1 decision, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved an agreement with Beam Global Thursday, which will grant the company 30 years of tax abatement but will also require it to invest more than $1 million in the Marion County school system.

    "We've come to a resolution that does a couple things. No. 1., it's fair to both parties," Magistrate John Arthur Elder III said. "No. 2, it gives us area for the future if those questions are raised again in regards to abatement."

  • Gentle Gentleman

    Gentle. Giving. A good steward.

    Dr. Joe Green was all of the above and more, according to those who knew him.

    "He was probably the most giving person that I've ever known," John L. Thomas said. "He was always thinking of others instead of himself."

    Green, 86, passed away Tuesday, April 24, but his legacy will live on for many years to come.

  • Pass a drug test and get a real job

    Marion County industries are looking for employees, but they're having trouble filling positions because applicants are failing drug tests, according to discussions at last week's industrial foundation board meeting.

    Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund said TG Kentucky is in the process of hiring 100 employees, but it is struggling to fill those positions. Karen King, resource specialist for the economic development office, added that they are looking for enough people who can pass a drug test.

  • Court decision could affect industrial foundation

    A recent Kentucky Supreme Court decision could have a big impact on the Marion County Industrial Foundation and similar organizations around the state.

    On April 26, the court handed down an opinion in a case involving the Floyd County property valuation administrator and the Prestonburg Industrial Corporation (PIC). The Supreme Court determined that Section 170 of the Kentucky Constitution, which exempts "institutions of purely public charity" from paying property taxes, did not apply to PIC.