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Today's News

  • Opposing views on MCPS leadership

    Two citizens spoke to the Marion County Board of Education at the end of its July 8 meeting, and they expressed contrary views about the district's leadership.
    Amanda Beard concluded her remarks by calling for Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and the school board members to resign, while Barney Tharp defended Schlosser and the school board for recent steps they have taken.
    After each of them spoke, Board Member Butch Cecil thanked them for taking the time to go through the process to get on the agenda.

  • Board approves agreements for 2014-15 school year

    The July 8 meeting of the Marion County Board of Education concluded with more than 30 minutes of public comments from citizens. The hour of the meeting before those comments included a number of procedural matters for the 2014-15 academic year.
    Each of these items were approved 3-0. Board Member Bernard Miles was not present during last week’s meeting.
    The following items were approved last week:
    • The student code of conduct for the 2014-15 school year.
    • Exceptional child education procedures for special education programs.

  • One more evaluation

    OK, let’s try this again.
    The issue of the superintendent’s evaluation was raised near the end of a citizens meeting held June 30 in Loretto. One of the specific issues discussed was whether that evaluation needed to be conducted in open session.
    I was mistaken in some of what I reported last week, and I want to try to clarify as best I can.

  • Legislators educated on hot topics

    The past two weeks, I have heard testimony on issues from new temporary tags and the Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System (KAVIS) for vehicle deeds, to the need for a Veterans’ Center in Bowling Green. This is something I appreciate as a legislator; learning about the complex and various issues so important to our citizens on a firsthand basis. In the district, I recently visited the Dunnville Post Office with Rep. Mike Harmon about the proposed reduction of operating hours. 

  • Workforce Investment program makes training affordable for Lincoln Trail employers

    By Jim Skees

    Just as most businesses do not find instant success, a new employee won’t hit full capacity on the first day on the job. Hiring and training a new employee takes time and, for some companies, training new employees presents an expense that might even slow growth.

  • Special city council meetings Friday, Monday

    The Lebanon City Council is holding special-called meetings at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, and 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 14.

    The agenda for Friday's meeting includes the second reading of an ordinance, which would remove 10-minute parking on the 200 block of W. Main Street and replace it with two-hour parking. The first reading of this ordinance was approved at the council's July 7 meeting.

  • Marion County 11-12 softball team is the state runner-up

    The Marion County 11-12-year-old softball team is the runner-up in this year's state Little League championship tonight at Idle Hour Park in Springfield.

    Marion County emerged from the winner's bracket of the tournament unscathed, but lost twice to North Laurel on Wednesday evening.

    North Laurel won the first game of the evening 14-5, forcing a second game.

    In a back-and-forth contest, North Laurel and Marion County were tied 7-7 going into the last inning. North Laurel added two runs to take a 9-7.

  • Funk awarded humanitarian award at retirees conference
  • Local students earn their degrees

    The following Marion County students graduated from Western Kentucky University recently, earning degrees at the May 2014 commencement ceremonies.
    Melissa S. Newcomb of Lebanon - bachelor of science.
    Kelli S. Smith of Lebanon - master of science.
    Tyler J. Wright of Lebanon - bachelor of science.
    David S. Despain of Loretto - bachelor of science.
    Amanda K. Metcalf of Loretto - bachelor of arts.
    Stephanie R. Smith of Loretto - bachelor of science in nursing.
    Amanda E. Thomas of Loretto - bachelor of science.

  • Students recognized at awards’ ceremony

    The following West Marion Elementary students received awards at the annual award’s ceremony held June 3.
    Perfect attendance
    Kindergarten: Andrew Mattingly, Josie Essex, and Logan Wheatley.
    First: Samantha Douglas, Addison Downs, Anna Allender, Emily Mattingly (two consecutive years), and Evan Wheatley (two consecutive years).
    Second: J.T. Farmer, Tyler Hamilton, Will Kaminski, Chloe Robbins (two consecutive years), Breanna Downs (two consecutive years), Emma Edelen (two consecutive years), Roseanna Peterson, and Mattie Hagan.