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Today's News

  • Court approves study for radon remediation at county building

    Radon levels remain too high for EPA recommendations at the David Hourigan Government Building.

    Keith Brock, the Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator, called this to the attention of the Marion County Fiscal Court in January. Brock said an initial radon test in the basement showed radon levels of 22.3 pCi/L. Radon is known carcinogen, and the EPA recommends short term follow-up testing when levels are between 8 and 100 pCi/L, Brock wrote.

  • Court approves rates for animal shelter services

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved new rates for services offered at the Marion County Animal Shelter. The magistrates approved the rates during their March 1 meeting.

    The new rates are as follows:

    - Boarding fees for Washington County animals or animals quarantined for rabies is $5 per day. The fee for litters from Washington County are $5 per puppy.

    - Private euthanasia for animals under 50 pounds is $50 and for animals over 50 pounds is $100.

  • County projected to receive $1.14 million in state road funding

    The Kentucky Department of Highways has allocated $1,136,423 for rural secondary roads in Marion County.

    Josh Hornbeck of the department's Elizabethtown office spoke with the Marion County Fiscal Court during its March 1 meeting. He explained the department's priorities in the county for the coming year.

    They are, in order:

    - KY 337 from the Taylor-Marion County line to KY 49 (Bradfordsville Road)

  • Population count has increased at county jail

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady reported that the inmate population at the Marion County Detention Center is as high as it has been since 2009.

    The detention center has seen declining revenue in recent years as a result of state efforts to release prisoners early, which saves the state money. Recently, the Marion County Detention Center was approved for additional beds for a substance abuse program.

  • Open burn class March 13 at Loretto City Hall

    Individuals interested in learning the regulations affecting open burning in Kentucky are invited to participate in a "Learn Before You Burn" class.

    The class is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Loretto City Hall, 140 School Drive in Loretto.

    Open burning poses health risks for everyone, especially children, the elderly and those with existing health issues. The class will explain ways to reduce those risks and how to avoid illegal burning.

  • Living life on life's terms

    As a recent graduate of the 11th Circuit Drug Court, Ashley knows exactly how it feels to be addicted to drugs and alcohol.

    "It gets to the point at the end where you don't care if you live or die," she said. "You're too scared to live, and you're too scared to die."

    While drug court is considered "completely confidential", according to District Judge Amy Anderson, Ashley is one of two program participants who agreed to share their stories using only their first names.

  • JROTC seeking new obstacles to overcome

    Life involves dealing with obstacles, but the Marion County JROTC students are planning to create a few for themselves.

    Specifically, they are working to construct an obstacle course near the tennis courts at Marion County High School.

    Hunter Winsor is a senior on the JROTC's Raider Team. This team participates in competitions that require a mix of land navigation/orienteering skills and physical tests, many of which require teams to work together.

  • It's a Lady Knights' three-peat

    Senior Coco May smiles as she cuts down the net following the Lady Knights' 56-39 win in the 5th Region championship game over Elizabethtown Sunday.

    The Lady Knights will open up play in the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls' State Basketball Tournament in Bowling Green tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. EST when they take on the Walton-Verona Bearcats from northern Kentucky, winners of the 8th region tournament.

    Marion County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow so students and staff can attend the game.

  • Ready, willing & able

    Hayden Johnson first became interested in emergency services watching hearses in his hometown of Dawson Springs. At the time, they were the only vehicles big enough to transport patients to the hospital.

    "I thought it was awesome to see that hearse go by with that red light flashing on top of it," he said.

    Johnson, 56, got his start in emergency services in the 1970s, and he took his most recent step in that field last October when he was named the Marion County Emergency Management Director.

  • Education briefs

    Test results released

    Data released from the Kentucky Department of Education last week shows that Lebanon Middle School leads the region in its math scores and ranks No. 1 in reading, regionally.

    Results from the EXPLORE and PLAN assessments show that Kentucky's public school students continue to improve in nearly every subject area tested. The percentages of students meeting college benchmarks also have improved in most subjects.