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Today's News

  • Board raises tax rate by 2 percent

    Marion County Finance Director Lisa Caldwell and Superintendent Taylora Schlosser strongly encouraged the school board to approve a 4 percent increase to the current tax rate, but the board didn’t take their advice.
    During its meeting Thursday, Aug. 29, the board approved a two percent increase.
    During previous meetings, Caldwell had informed the board that if it didn’t increase the property tax rate by at least four percent this year, the school district could be forced to eventually make cuts.

  • Where are they now? In the spotlight: Marion Countian acting in his 10th Broadway production

    Joe Montgomery may not have expected to act alongside James Earl Jones or sing on stage with Gladys Knight, but he’s done both of those things and a whole lot more.
    Montgomery, a Lebanon native, is performing in his 10th Broadway production. He is playing Dr. Bennett in “Big Fish,” a musical based on a novel by Daniel Wallace and a movie directed by Tim Burton.
    Montgomery graduated from Marion County High School in 1979. In high school, he performed in “Carousel” and played the lead in a production of “Godspell.”

  • Benningfield and Alexander will marry Sept. 7

     

  • Pipe Dreams

    By Rick Arendt
    Guest Columnist

    I have attended three local informational meetings regarding the proposed pipeline project through our beautiful state and one in Elizabethtown, which was put on by the pipeline companies. I asked questions of the experts supplied and based on their answers I have concluded that absolutely no good can possibly come to the people of Kentucky by allowing this project to begin. It is a very bad idea for our environment, for our safety and for our land values.

  • Hill and Bailey will marry Sept. 14

     

  • Corrections and clarifications - Sept. 4, 2013

    The last paragraph of two stories in last week’s edition were cut off accidentally.
    The end of, "Abell values team work" about Mike Abell, the new Marion County High School Principal should have read: “I want to be involved,” he said. “I want to make myself available to the community.”
    "More valuable than the dollar figure" about Marion County residents who do now want a pipeline on their property, ended on a quote from Dorothee Sheehan, one of the property owners.

  • Backdoor deals

    “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” - Mark Twain
     
    “Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes it feels real good.” - Henry Rollins
     
    These two quotes resonate with me after last week’s school board meeting, and I’ll tell you why.

  • American Legion gives Boy Scout Troop $1,000 donation
  • Thompson competes at Kentucky State Fair
  • Crime rate decreases, respect for law enforcement should increase

    Every year since the late 1980s, the Kentucky State Police has published a highly detailed break-down of the previous year’s crimes, giving us a much closer look at – and appreciation of – the work done every day by our law enforcement officers.
    This information from local and state departments alike is also crucial for those who oversee the state’s criminal justice system, because it points out trends that might otherwise go unnoticed and helps us determine the effectiveness of programs designed to make Kentucky safer.