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Today's News

  • Lawmakers’ pay disparity prompts review

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – The patchwork of laws and policies for compensating Kentucky’s state legislators has produced an unlikely ranking of lawmakers.
    For instance, in 2013 Rep. Keith Hall’s total compensation — including expenses — was $86,514, which was higher than any House member, even Speaker Greg Stumbo, who ranked second at $83,602.

  • Citizens voice issues with school system

    Emotions were running high at Loretto City Hall Monday evening as concerned and curious community members gathered to discuss issues they are having with the Marion County Public School System, specifically with its leadership.

    Marion County School Board Member Mike Cecil organized the forum, but said the crowd was larger than he had expected (there were approximately 50 to 75 people there). With so many people in attendance, Cecil said he and Board Chairman DeLane Pinkston, who was also in attendance, would be doing a lot of listening.

  • Paula Walston is new WMES Principal

    Paula Walston, who was been a reading teacher at Lebanon Elementary School since August of 2002, achieved a life-long goal Thursday evening, June 5, when she was selected to become the West Marion Elementary School Principal.
    The WMES SBDM Council held a special-called meeting Thursday at 5:15 p.m., and after meeting for approximately 45 minutes in closed session, the council reconvened in open session and unanimously voted to hire Walston as principal.

  • School board meets Tuesday

     The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at the central office building, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda for that meeting includes the following:

    • Election of chairperson and vice-chairperson

    • Communications

    - Superintendent's report

    -Student drug testing report – Tim Lyons

    -Summer feeding report – Diane Evans

    -21st Century Program report – Diane Evans

    - Finance report – Superintendent Schlosser

  • Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 9 p.m.

     The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Central Kentucky until 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.

    According to the weather service, scattered thunderstorms will develop through the day. The strongest storms could produce winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The main threat from these storms will be heavy rain, which could cause localized flooding.

  • MCPS, we have a problem

    The Marion County Board of Education was standing room only during its special-called meeting Thursday, May 29. A large delegation of current and former MCPS employees, community members and family members of current and former employees of the district were in attendance. And they weren’t there because of their interest in the district’s 2014-15 budget, which was the main item on the board’s agenda. They were there to share their concerns about recent staffing changes within the school district.

  • Guitars bridge the gap between local teen's death and famous guitarists

    By Matt Overing
    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Country music singer Vince Gill dedicated a song to Colin Whitfill during a concert in Louisville in March.
    Whitfill died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in a car crash in Lebanon. The day before, his father, Charles, was at Gill's house making measurements on one of Gill's guitars.
    Charles Whitfill makes custom guitars. His guitars have put him in a position to know people like Gill, and through that connection, Gill feels a special bond to Colin's death.

  • State rep candidate files lawsuit

    A candidate who lost a bid to be the Republican 24th District state representative candidate filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the primary election results.
    Richard Treitz of Greensburg filed his complaint May 30 in Green Circuit Court.
    Treitz is listed as the petitioner in the case, and he is representing himself.
    The respondents include his primary opponent, J. Alex LaRue of Hodgenville, the boards of election and the county clerks in Green, LaRue and Marion counties, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Attorney General Jack Conway.

  • Every school to have a full-time nurse

    Every school in the Marion County Public School System will have its very own nurse next school year.
    The Marion County Board of Education and the Lincoln Trail District Health Department negotiated nursing services earlier in the year. Lincoln Trail will be providing seven nurses (one at each school) for $140,000, but they will no longer be providing CPR training to staff, immunizations, dental screenings or classroom instruction.
    The following is a list of nurses for each school:
    • West Marion Elementary: Stefanie Spalding

  • Police vehicles, Tasers, Centre Square restrooms included in budget proposal

    On May 29, a quiet room in Lebanon City Hall set the stage for Mayor Gary Crenshaw as he gave his budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
    “We continue to progressively plan not just for the needs of the next fiscal year but for the years to come,” Crenshaw said.
    Under the mayor’s proposal, the total budget would be $9.18 million in 2014-15. It should be noted that the final budget may differ from what was presented last week.