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Today's News

  • Swearing in…

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly performed what might be his last swearing-in ceremony at the Lebanon City Council meeting Dec. 8. Pictured along with Mattingly, from left, are council members Darin Spalding, Jerry Abell, Jim Richardson, Kate Palagi, Jay Grundy and John Mattingly. Lebanon Mayor Crenshaw was also sworn in during the Dec. 9 meeting.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff is Jan. 23-24

    Four-time IBMA male vocalist of the year Russell Moore and IIIRD Tyme Out headline the 10th Annual Bluegrass Music Kickoff in Lebanon on Jan. 23-24, 2015. Sharing the spotlight during this festival of bluegrass music will be five-time IBMA female vocalist of the year Dale Ann Bradley and the Dale Ann Bradley Band with Steve Gulley and Phil Leadbetter.
    They will be joined by other bluegrass entertainers, including banjo champ Gary “Biscuit” Davis, as this central Kentucky town celebrates in the state that gave birth to the bluegrass music genre.

  • ‘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.

  • Devastating beetle knocks on Kentucky's door

    By James Bruggers
    Courier-Journal

    The buzz of chainsaws and the roar of wood-chipping machines rip through the crisp air in a rural neighborhood of ranch-style homes here, where stately maples, sycamores, ashes and elms have long painted a fall palate of red and yellow against a blue sky.
    But those colors are vanishing, as a once-robust tree canopy falls prey to the Asian longhorn beetle — an insect invader that threatens not only Ohio, but puts Kentucky and Indiana at high risk as well.

  • Ky's population tops 4.4M for first time

    Kentucky Press News Service

    By adding an average of 38 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Kentucky's population topped 4.4 million for the first time, according to new U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates.
    Kentucky's precise Census tally for 2014 is 4,413,457 making it the 26th most populated state, WKYT in Lexington reports.
    California remained the nation's most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents followed by Texas at 27 million.

  • Court expresses opposition to repurposing pipeline

    The Marion County Fiscal Court last week reiterated its opposition to pipelines carrying natural gas liquids in the county.
    During the court’s Dec. 18 meeting, the magistrates unanimously approved a resolution opposing plans by Kinder Morgan to convert a portion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to carry natural gas liquids instead of natural gas.
    The court’s resolution was greeted by a round of applause by members of the Sisters of Loretto, co-members of the Loretto Community and local landowners who have led the local opposition to NGL pipelines.

  • Former fire chief gets five years probation for abuse of public trust

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm received five years of probation after pleading guilty to abuse of public trust less than $10,000.
    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealth on Nov. 20. Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram approved unsupervised probation for Helm during his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing.
    Bertram also ordered Helm to pay $20,000 in restitution to the Raywick Fire Department over the next seven years as a condition of his probation.

  • 'Cake lady' steps down as mayor

    Marilyn Mullins' career in politics started with a request from Alvin Morris in 2002. He wanted her to run for mayor of Raywick.
    "It was getting time for someone to run and I guess nobody had stepped up," she said, adding, "I told him, 'Well, I don't know what I'm doing, but I'll give it everything I got."
    Twelve years and three terms later, Mullins, 73, is retiring as a city official.
    While she had previously served as an officer in other organizations, none of them were like being the mayor of her town.

  • Former classroom aides file wrongful termination lawsuit

    Two former classroom aides have filed a lawsuit against Marion County Public Schools Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and the Marion County Board of Education.
    Ramona McKinney and Kimberly Medley, both of Lebanon, filed their complaint Dec. 19 in Marion Circuit Court.
    According to the lawsuit, McKinney and Medley worked in the special education classroom at Marion County High School, and they witnessed incidents in which mentally and physically disabled students were put at risk.

  • Learning by design

    Brady Spalding had a problem going to the bathroom during the summer.
    During the five weeks he participated in the Governor's Scholars Program, he learned it can be gross relying solely on public restrooms for five weeks. That also got him thinking that there had to be a way to make public restrooms a little less disgusting.
    Spalding and another senior, Matthew Newcome, decided to tackle this problem as their capstone project in Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering program housed in the Marion County Area Technology Center.