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Today's News

  • Marion County among state’s better places for children

    When Kentucky Youth Advocates released their 2013 Kids Count Data Book, this included a new feature ranking each county on overall child well being.
    “Marion County was 22nd overall, which is doing fairly well among the counties within the state,” said Tara Grieshop-Goodwin, KYA’s chief policy officer.
    She said the national Kids Count book does state-by-state rankings each year, so KYA decided to do county-by-county ratings based as closely as possibly on the national index.
    Kentucky was ranked 34th nationally for child well being.

  • Tale of two Kentucky schools

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader

  • Fiscal court approves county clerk’s budget

    The Marion County Fiscal Court on Jan. 2 approved the Marion County Clerk’s 2014 budget.
    The county clerk’s budget shows an anticipated increase in revenues and disbursement from $2.82 million in 2013 to $3.02 million is 2014.
    The budget was submitted by Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding prior to the court’s Dec. 19 meeting. Spalding died Dec. 30 after suffering a heart attack.
    In other business:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March is Jan. 19

    The United Concerned Citizens Organization will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. The march will begin at the Lebanon Post Office, 101 E.  Main Street. All citizens are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
    For more Information, contact Maria A. Bell (270) 402–4917 or (270) 321–4133.

  • Sisters of Loretto hosting ‘Gasland’ films

    The Loretto Community will be sponsoring screenings of the movies “Gasland” and “Gasland 2” later this month. Both movies focus on the oil and gas industry and the effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on communities and the environment. Fracking is used to extract natural gas liquids.
    Gasland will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Loretto City Hall, and Gasland 2 will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30, also at Loretto City Hall.
    Sr. Marie Ego described the movies as “powerful.”

  • Public servant

    Karen Spalding dedicated her career to serving the public.
    During her senior year  at Marion County High School, Spalding went to work in the Marion County Clerk’s Office more than 39 years ago. In 2006, she was elected to lead that office. Her co-workers and later her employees praised her abilities and her willingness to do whatever she could to assist the public.

  • Extreme Makeover: Dog Edition

    I could barely see his eyes when he showed up on my doorstep.
    His long, stringy hair covered most of his face. His coat was wet and covered in mud. Parts of his body were covered with huge mounds of matted hair.
    He was very quiet, and seemed frightened. He wouldn’t let me get too close.
    I assumed he was hungry so I brought him some dog food, which he spilled all over the ground. Desperate to feed this poor animal, I found some country ham leftover from Christmas in my refrigerator, which he wolfed down as fast as I could give it to him.

  • Legislators are preparing for the 2014 General Assembly

    I send my best regards to you and your family for the New Year. The holidays are behind us now, and we strive to get back into our routine with school and work. For me, Jan. 7 convened the 2014 General Assembly, a 60-day legislative session creating the next two-year budget for Kentucky. This year is loaded with issues that require legislative action as the Senate Majority strives to make pathways for economic growth and fight for fiscal responsibility.

  • Looking back to look ahead

    The General Assembly returned to the Capitol on Tuesday this week, and it is worth taking one last look back at 2013, to review some of the issues my legislative colleagues and I have been studying in recent months.

  • The Game Plan, Jan. 8

    Jan. 11

    BASKETBALL
    Lady Knights at Washington County, 6 p.m.
    Knights at Washington County, 7:30 p.m.

    Jan. 13

    BASKETBALL
    Casey County at Lady Knights, 7:30 p.m.

    Jan. 17
    BASKETBALL
    Campbellsville at Lady Knights,  6:30 p.m.
    Campbellsville at Knights,  8 p.m.

    Jan. 18
    BASKETBALL
    Apollo at Knights, 6:30 p.m.
    Bullitt East at Lady Knights, 8 p.m.