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Today's News

  • Interim period begins for legislature

    June begins the Interim Period, a time during which legislators meet with their respective committees and monitor any issues within our scope. We also hear testimony and are informed on noteworthy topics that may require us to take action in future legislation.
    I am the co-chairman of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee. What has my attention right now is the reports of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs hospitals in the U.S, and the long waiting lists our veterans are placed on to receive critical medical care.

  • Help your child beat bullies

    By Matt Overing

    A kid named Robert bullied me in elementary school.
    Robert would always break my pencils. He’d laugh about it and just walk away.
    My dad told me to punch him. He said to sock him in the mouth and he’ll back off. He knew I’d get in trouble, but he wanted me to stand up to a bully without the help of a teacher or parent.
    I didn’t know it then, but my dad was teaching me to fight my own battles. He wasn’t going to be the one to call my teacher and complain that his child was being bullied.

  • Identity theft is a bigger problem than you might think

    If identity theft still seems like a relatively rare crime when compared to other types of stealing, the truth is that it plays a much bigger role than one might think.
    According to a report last December by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, it was responsible for nearly $25 billion in financial losses nationwide in 2012, which was $10 billion more than all other property crimes combined.

  • All of our stuff

    Like all the best comedians, George Carlin used comedy to point to bigger truths about our world. He could get deep, but he could also be silly.
    And sometimes he just talked about stuff.
    “That’s the whole meaning of life, isn’t it? Trying to find a place for your stuff,” Carlin said in one of his routines. “That’s all your house is. Your house is just a place for your stuff.”

  • County trash pick-up will run early June 4

     County employees will be going through mandatory training from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4. 

    To make sure that sanitation crews are finished in time to attend the training, trash pick-up will take place earlier that usual on Wednesday, according to Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly. 

  • MCPS, we have a problem

    The Marion County Board of Education was standing room only during its special-called meeting Thursday, May 29. A large delegation of current and former MCPS employees, community members and family members of current and former employees of the district were in attendance. And they weren’t there because of their interest in the district’s 2014-15 budget, which was the main item on the board’s agenda. They were there to share their concerns about recent staffing changes within the school district.

  • Creating career-training opportunities for our high school students

    As a member of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB), I have taken part in discussions over the last several years, and advocated to allow students to complete internships and apprenticeships in local industry. Many plant managers I spoke with were happy to accommodate students in the workplace as long as they were 18 years of age, with few exceptions.

  • Special called city council and school board meetings Thursday night

    The Lebanon City Council and the Marion County Board of Education will both be having special-called meetings at 6 p.m., Thursday evening, May 29, and the main topic listed on each entities agenda is their budgets.

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw will be giving his annual budget address at Lebanon City Hall.

    The Marion County Board of Education will also be discussing its budget and possibly approving it Thursday evening.

  • MCPS is about children

    By Taylora Schlosser
    Marion County Superintendent

  • Freshmen finishes fifth at state

    Though they did not come in first, the Marion County High School track team is still one of the best around. On May 23, eight local athletes rocked the bluegrass by competing in the state track meet at the University of Kentucky.

    Track Coach Daniel Johnson said competing at the state level was an honor for the team.

    “It’s what we worked all year for,” Johnson said.