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Today's News

  • Luxco acquires an interest in Limestone Branch Distillery

    Luxco announced Tuesday, Dec. 2, that the company will acquire a 50 percent equity position in Limestone Branch Distillery. The distillery going forward will be operated jointly by the two companies. 

  • Closed session leads to school board rescinding approval of energy savings plan

    The Marion County Board of Education will have to try again if it wants guaranteed energy savings for the school district.
    During a special-called meeting Dec. 4, the board voted unanimously to rescind its approval of a proposal from CMTA Consulting Engineers. The board originally approved one of CMTA’s plans on Nov. 11.

  • Santa Claus is coming to Loretto

    Santa Claus will be visiting the Loretto area on Sunday, Dec. 14. He will be going from house to house on a fire truck with the Loretto Fire Department. Due to safety concerns, this year Santa will be staying within the city limits of Loretto for his house to house visits. However, for the people who live outside city limits, there will be designated locations for children to visit Santa. Depending on the number of children waiting for Santa, he may be earlier or later than the following schedule. So keep your eyes and ears open. You will hear Santa coming!
    Santa schedule:

  • Flu is in our area, take precautions

    Lincoln Trail District Health Department is reporting regional influenza in our area. Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times, can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated.

  • Tourist commission names new executive director

    Nena Olivier has been hired as the new executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    During a special-called meeting Dec. 3, the commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Olivier to the fill the position vacated by Carla Abbi.

    Commission Chairman James Spragens said Olivier was the best of the five candidates who were interviewed for the position.

    "She clearly had what we were looking for," Spragens said.

  • School board meeting at 5 p.m. today

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to have a special-called meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Marion County ATC students will be giving presentations at 4:30 before the meeting.

    The agenda for the Dec. 9 meeting includes the following:

    • Communications

    - Superintendent's report

    - Discussion of the superintendent's mid-year evaluation

    - Introduction of the 2015 Leadership NOW class

    - Preschool committee report

  • Parents’ lawsuit against school district dismissed

    A civil lawsuit accusing a Marion County Public Schools staff member of abusing special education students and accusing local education officials of ignoring those accusations has been dismissed.
    According to the agreed order of dismissal filed Nov. 17 in Marion Circuit Court, the complaint has been resolved, although the terms of the settlement are not being released.

  • Moving on

    John G. Mattingly will be retiring for the second time at the end of December.
    After a 27-year career as a teacher, Mattingly, 61, is in his final month of his second and final term as the Marion County judge/executive, although he said doing the work of the county takes a group effort.
    “That’s really part of the job, to build rapport in the community with all those folks that can be a part of the community’s growth and success,” he said.

  • Board sets new meeting time, date

    In January, the Marion County Board of Education will start meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursdays.
    During their Nov. 25 meeting at Loretto City Hall, school board members voted to change their regular meetings to the 4 p.m. on Thursdays. The board’s regular meetings have been at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout 2014.
    Board member Jerry Evans cast the only opposing vote to the change. He expressed concerns that the proposed meeting time would not be convenient for parents who may want to attend a meeting.

  • Loretto Christmas Parade is Friday, Dec. 5

    The City of Loretto will be getting into the Christmas spirit Friday with its annual holiday festivities and Christmas parade. The tree lighting will take place at 5:45 p.m., and the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.
    To participate in this year’s parade, or for more information, go to http://lorettochristmasparade.homestead.com.
    There will be road closures in the area beginning at 6:15 p.m. Those roads will reopen when the parade has ended.