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Today's News

  • Sidewalks key in physical activity

    By Margarita Cambest
    Kentucky New Era

    Access to safe places to walk, jog or bike may affect how active one can be in their neighborhood. A survey released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky found just over half of Kentuckians believe their neighborhoods are a good place for activity with most Kentuckians reporting their sidewalks are in fair or poor condition.

  • St. Clair’s sentencing hearing now scheduled for April 13

    By Tom Barr
    Landmark News Service

    For the second time in as many months, a man already found guilty of four murders was seeking relief from the Kentucky Supreme Court.
    After seeking a new sentencing hearing for the Bullitt County penalty of death in the murder of a Marion County native in 1991, Michael Dale St. Clair was before the state's highest court seeking a new trial in Hardin County.
    The request is seeking a new trial for the kidnapping conviction in Hardin County which also included the death penalty.

  • Winter weather advisory in effect until Monday morning

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Central Kentucky from 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, until 8 a.m. Monday, March 17.

    The weather service is predicting one to two inches of sleet and snow this afternoon and evening, with higher amounts in isolated areas. Slicks spots are likely are some roads and bridges, according to the weather service.

    Winds will blow from the northeast at 10 to 15 miles per hour with gusts between 25 and 35 miles per hour. Temperatures will drop into the 20s and low 30s, according to the weather service.

  • ‘Precious Parker’

    Sunday afternoon, Parker Thompson sat in the floor playing with toy cars, watched television and asked for a snack just like any normal 4-year-old would do.
    Only, there’s one noticeable difference. He’s bald.
    “If it wasn’t for the hair, you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with him right now,” said his mother, Wendy Thompson of New Hope.

  • Board of education approves changes to school calendar

    The Marion County Board of Education has approved using two days of Spring Break (March 31 and April 1) and Memorial Day (May 26) as make-up days.

    Depending on what the state legislature approves, additional amendments could be made that could make the last day for students Friday, May 30.

  • Kidney transplant: Take 2

    Julia Browning Devine, 44, is living proof that one’s body, mind and spirit can endure far more than many of us can even imagine.
    She’s lived with kidney disease since the age of 15. At 33, she received a kidney transplant. Six years later, doctors discovered she had a brain tumor and it had to be removed. The toll of brain surgery, along with complications of chronic rejection, and ongoing infections, caused her transplanted kidney to fail. Today, she has no kidneys and has to undergo dialysis treatment three days a week for more than three hours each day.

  • Doing what she loves, loving what she does

    Marion County Attorney Joe Mattingly has known Lisa Nally-Martin since they were children, and he’s worked alongside her for close to 20 years.
    He can’t think of anyone more deserving of receiving this year’s Marion County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award.
    “It’s unique for someone to be able to take in stride what some people would consider obstacles and turn them into opportunities,” Mattingly said.

  • Conservation district seeking taxing authority

    The Marion County Soil Conservation District received $50,000 from the Marion County Fiscal Court during the current fiscal year.
    During the 2014-15 fiscal year, however, the district’s board of supervisors hope to increase its local revenue to $100,000. To do so, they are seeking permission to become a taxing district. The supervisors presented their proposal during the March 6 meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court.

  • Board chairman says superintendent is making progress

    The Marion County Board of Education completed the superintendent’s formative mid-year evaluation earlier this year. The school board isn’t legally required to hold the evaluation in open session. However, The Lebanon Enterprise requested a written summary from Board Chairman Michael Mullins, which was emailed last week.
    The actual evaluation with the board and Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, which took place in closed session on Jan. 28, lasted an hour and 28 minutes.
    The board chairman’s written summary is as follows:

  • Junior Mister is March 22

    The 11th annual Marion County High School Beta Junior Mister competition will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 22, in the MCHS gymnasium.
    This year's theme is "A Starry Night.” There are 18 young men in the show this year.
    All proceeds for the event will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation to grant the wish of a child.
    Advance tickets may be purchased at MCHS or at the Kroger customer service desk for $5. Tickets at the door will be $7. Kroger is partnering with MCHS this year to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.