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Today's News

  • Touchy Subject

    Education is, and probably always will be, a touchy subject. 

    In Marion County, the school system has been a particularly touchy subject in recent months, and based on the letters to the editor we received this week, it probably will be for the foreseeable future.

    Last week, we reported Superintendent Taylora Schlosser’s response to the board of education’s decision to grant her another 18 months to move to Marion County. She saw that as a necessary decision to provide stability to the system.

  • Work Ready has its advantages

    By Kim Huston

     As communities look for an edge in today’s competitive global economy, there are few things as powerful as developing a high-quality workforce. 

    Here in the Lincoln Trail region, it’s exciting to see multiple counties taking steps to develop a highly skilled workforce that is ready to go to work. Leaders in those counties have applied or are in the process of applying for Work Ready Community certification.

  • Council hears flood report

    After eight months of work, O’Brien and Gere Engineers presented the findings of their study of flooding in downtown Lebanon.

    During the 54-minute presentation, Ken Roseman, Jonathan Steflik and Derek Reid presented the city with a variety of options to address the problem. The potential solutions included everything from removing sediment and debris to upgrading the entire conveyance system at a cost of $3.82 million.

    The city paid the engineering firm $118,797. 

  • Fair weather

     This year, the Marion County Fair had the weather on its side. Last year, rain forced the cancellation of several days of events. 

    “It was outstanding compared to last year,” fair board member Charlotte Miracle said. “We had no rain and good attendance.”

    Miracle said they had good turnout for both days of pageants, including higher local attendance as well.

  • Flying high again

    By Matt Overing

    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Jets Over Kentucky is back at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    Lewis Patton organized the event, and he said around 200 pilots will be participating in this year.

    It will be the 10th year that the event has taken place. Pilots love the event, and Patton said that is because of the community. 

  • MCHS registration is July 29-Aug. 1

     Marion County High School will welcome the Class of 2018 with Freshman JumpStart from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1. All incoming freshman should plan to attend to learn everything they need to know to get ready for high school. Parents will not need to attend JumpStart

    Freshmen registration will follow JumpStart from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Parents will need to attend registration.  

    Registration Dates

  • Loretto native coming home for ‘new challenge’

     By Matt Overing

    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Steve Nally is ready for a new challenge.

    He’s spent more than 40 years in the bourbon industry and has held the title of “master distiller” for two different companies for nearly 20 years.

    Now, the Loretto native is set to help Bardstown Brewing Company make a name for itself on the Bourbon Trail.

  • City moving to condemn E. Walnut Street property

    The City of Lebanon is one step closer to condemning the vacant property on the corner of E. Walnut Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

    The city filed a petition of condemnation on Dec. 2 against Barry Bright of South Jordan, Utah, and his relatives. The 20 defendants named in the petition are children of Helen Bright, who was listed as an owner of the property and who died in 1996. They all have Utah addresses, according to the city’s petition.

  • Senator talks about farms, regulations

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McCon-nell stopped by the Marion County Extension Office July 2 to meet with about 40 people, including farmers and local officials.

    He spoke about agriculture, and he spoke about regulatory abuse “which has been on steroids under this administration.”

    David Kessler, the Marion County extension agent for agriculture, introduced McConnell. He reminded everyone that this visit was about issues, and it was not a campaign stop.

  • Senior citizens day at the fair

     July 2 was Senior Citizens Day at the Marion County Fair. As part of the activities, seniors enjoyed musical performances, got dressed up for photos and played games like cornhole and bingo.