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  • Barreling ahead

    Maker’s Mark distillery is growing. A lot.
    The company has already constructed three new 34,250-square-foot warehouses in Loretto, and it has plans to build six more.
    By comparison, the distillery’s previous warehouses are 16,500 square feet. The smaller warehouses can hold just under 20,000 barrels, while the newer, larger warehouses can hold 50,400 barrels apiece.

  • University closure won’t stop local student

    When Mid-Continent University announced it would be closing June 30, it didn’t just affect students on the Mayfield campus.
    It affected people across the state, people like Danny Dale Wright, 63, of Lebanon. Wright is one of several local students who have been taking classes through Mid-Continent either online or through the classes that have been meeting weekly at the Marion County Adult Education Center in Lebanon.

  • Fr. Brown celebrates 40 years in ministry

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    One thing is certain, when Fr. Ben Brown of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and St. Catharine College decides to retire from the active ministry, no one will be able to say he hasn’t had a full career.
    Celebrating 40 years as an ordained priest on May 25, Brown has seen practically every corner of the world and served in a variety of positions that have each taught him something about his faith and the faith of others along the way.

  • Up close look at the OR
  • WMES Principal search timeline is set

    West Marion Elementary School could have a new principal by Thursday, June 5.
    Benji Mattingly, who had been principal at West Marion Elementary School for almost nine years, resigned Friday, May 2.
    According to Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, the WMES site base decision making council will be screening applications May 28, and interviewing candidates June 2-3. The anticipated hire date is June 5, she said.
     

  • The day time stood still

    There was a prayer service at the site of the crash that killed five young men from Marion County 50 years ago. The young men were Stanley Ballard, Ray Clark, David Hamilton, Donnie Donahue and Wayne Simms. The boys had just attended their high school sports banquet in Loretto. Five concrete crosses are located on Highway 49 in Loretto where the crash occurred. A memorial Mass was also held in memory of the young men at St. Francis of Assisi Church.

  • Fiscal court holding special-called meeting May 24

     The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet in special session at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 24, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Executive Session per KRS 61.810 (1)(b) regarding discussion of the purchase or sale of real property 

    • Discuss “Draft” budget modifications

    • Consider administrative code/personnel policy changes

    • Animal shelter equipment/supplies purchase

  • School board chairman resigns

    Michael Mullins resigned as the chairman of the Marion County Board of Education today, May 21.

  • Board’s approval of auditor contract not unanimous

    The Marion County Board of Education approved its auditor contract for the 2013-14 school year last week, but it wasn’t without some debate.
    Historically, the board has hired White and Company in Lebanon to complete auditing services, but recently several members of the board asked for the auditor contract to be put out for bid with the possibility of hiring a new auditor.

  • Preparing for the 400 Mile Sale

    The 11th anniversary of the 400 Mile Sale is just a month away, and organizers are encouraging participating sellers to continue putting away items to sell that weekend. Mark your calendars: June 5-8 Kentucky’s Scenic Byway Historic Highway 68 will come alive with merchants selling anything from estate furniture and antiques to clothing and kitchen gadgets.