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  • MCPS RELEASING EARLY TODAY

    MCPS RELEASING EARLY TODAY: Marion County Public Schools will be releasing students early today, Feb. 20, at 1:15 p.m. due to high water and flooding. MCPS will NOT be in session Thursday and Friday due to illness. Those days will be non-traditional instruction days.

  • Marion County under Boil Water Advisory

    Marion County went under a Boil Water Advisory this morning, and the entire county is affected by the advisory, says Marion County Water District.

    While specific areas are mentioned, the entire county (including the city of Lebanon) should follow the advisory, according to Lebanon Water Works Operations and Management Superintendent, Daren Thompson. 

  • Commitment to community

     “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

    This saying, coined by John F. Kennedy, is one George Spragens remembers his father, Gene, saying often during his life, and it perfectly summarizes his family’s impact on Lebanon and Marion County.

    Through their family business, Farmers National Bank, and their legacy of leadership, the Spragens family has created a “rising tide” in this community for more than 100 years. 

  • Plan for new elementary school continues

     A new consolidated elementary school for Calvary and Lebanon, renovations and additions at Glasscock and West Marion and renovations at Marion County High School could all be on the horizon for Marion County Public Schools. 

  • Marion County Public Library is open

     Imagination, inspiration and innovation are three key words when exploring the newly remodeled Marion County Public Library. After two decades in the making, over a year of construction, and lots of designing and brainstorming, the new library finally opened its doors on Monday. 

    Amy Morgeson, director of the Marion County Public Library, said improvements to the library have been nearly 24 years in the making, with countless hours of planning and waiting.

  • This week's news briefs

    NAACP Black History Program is Feb. 24

  • Tempers flare during wage discussion

     The members of the Marion County Fiscal Court agree that county employees deserve to be paid more, but how the county can afford to do that is unclear.

    The fiscal court held a special-called meeting on Feb. 13 to discuss employee salaries, and several county employees from various departments attended. 

  • Economic development report positive for City of Lebanon

     Tom Lund, executive director of the Marion County Industrial Foundation, reviewed the foundation’s annual report with the Lebanon City Council on Feb. 11, and discussed the latest news with industries in Marion County.

    “In the distilled spirits sector of Marion County, Makers Mark has taken on a $495 million dollar expansion, Diageo announcing a $130 million dollar expansion, so that is $625 million into the Marion County and Lebanon sector.”

    Lund said Diageo will also be partnering with local agriculture. 

  • Soar like an Eagle

    Lisha Mitchell shared several photos of a bald eagle she photographed Sunday afternoon on Highway 243 past Gravel Switch near Penn’s Store in the Forkland area.

     

  • SCHOOL BOARD BRIEFS

     The Marion County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 14. The following are news items from that meeting:

    2019-20 school calendar

    The school board approved the 2019-20 school calendar, which is as follows:

    • Tuesday, Aug. 6: Opening day for staff

    • Wednesday, Aug. 7: Opening day for students

    • Friday, Aug. 30: Early release day

    • Monday, Sept. 2: No school

    • Friday, Sept. 20: Early release day