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Today's News

  • United we build

    Christmas in the Park just got a lot bigger thanks to the newest addition to the display of lights in Graham Memorial Park this season.
    Students in the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program at Marion County High School have been working with Citizens National Bank to build a structure that is a scale model of the bank. The collaborative effort took more than 50 students.
    PLTW instructor Greg Conley said that the project was massive.

  • Hands-on

    Since 1987, Marion County High School has paved the way for medical professionals by providing a certified nurse’s aid (CNA) course for students.
    Mary Jo Clark, who has led the program for the last 16 years, said it has been a great opportunity for students.
    “Prior to 1987, there wasn’t a regulation, there wasn’t any type of program,” Clark said. “You pretty much got on-the-job training and that could be really good and that could be really poor.”

  • Fiscal court meeting briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 17, and magistrates:
    • Approve advertising for bids on salt for the road department. Road Supervisor Jimmy Rakes reported that the county currently has approximately 650 tons of road salt in storage.
    • Approved the adoption of a resolution of the Lincoln Trail Hazard Mitigation and Flood Mitigation 2015 Plan updates.
    • Approved the appointment of Shawn Gibson and Kim Jones to the Marion County Extension District Board.

  • Police continue investigating shooting death of missing woman's father

    Landmark News Service

    A Louisville television station is reporting Tommy Ballard was shot in the chest, not in the back as previously believed.
    WHAS-11 in Louisville reported that Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin said Ballard was shot in the chest and the bullet exited his back. He was shot once, the station reported Houghlin said.
    An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday.
    Police were called to the scene of the shooting Saturday morning to an area near the Blue Grass Parkway near Bardstown.

  • KSP seeking information from drivers on BG Parkway Saturday morning as part of death investigation

    By Forrest Berkshire
    Landmark News Service

    The Kentucky State Police announced Monday morning they are seeking information from anyone who was driving along the Bluegrass Parkway Saturday from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. between mile markers 21 and 25 as part of the investigation into the fatal shooting of Tommy Ballard.
    KSP Public Information Officer Jeff Gregory said in a statement released to media that investigators want to hear from anyone who might have observed any persons or vehicles on the roadway.
    KSP can be reached at 270-766-5078.

  • National bird spotted in Marion County

    Lisha Mitchell submitted this photo of a bald eagle she spotted last week just past the Marion County line going toward the Forkland Community Center.

  • Chief nervous about police shortage

    The Lebanon Police department will soon be understaffed, but Police Chief Wally Brady wants people to know that the streets will still be covered.
    Brady addressed the Lebanon City Council on Monday, Nov. 7, to report on the current staffing issues with the department.
    “I was in service training last week with 100 chiefs across the state of Kentucky,” Brady said, “and all the police departments across the state of Kentucky are dealing with the same situation that we’re dealing with.”

  • 'We don't want to miss a beat'

    The Marion County Public School System’s celebration after the recallable nickel passed during the General Election last week was short and sweet.
    School district officials aren’t wasting any time in their mission to improve school facilities and possibly attain additional funding from the state.

  • Never forget

    The air was cold, but hearts were warm as community members gathered to remember Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes Monday night.
    As the music played outside the David R. Hourigan Government Center, people slowly lit candles one-by-one in honor of Rakes.
    Family members spoke in remembrance of their loved one and community leaders told of a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

  • Voters sweep incumbents in school board elections

    The Marion County Board of Education will feature three new faces in January.
    During last week’s election, all three current school board members who were on the ballot were defeated. In District I, Carrie Truitt defeated incumbent DeLane Pinkston, who had been serving on the school board since 1981. In District 4, Peggy Downs defeated Board Chairman Mike Cecil, who has been on the board since 2010. And, in District 5, Brad Cox defeated Jeroyd F. “Jerry” Evans, who was appointed to fill the vacant District 5 seat in 2014.