Local News

  • MCHS starts 2014 with special ed staff overhaul

    The staff of Marion County High School’s Functional Mental Disability (FMD) classroom has been overhauled after parents complained to the administration.

  • Heart healthy

    Breast cancer kills one in 31 American women annually, but 1 in three American women will die of heart disease.
    In fact, heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.
    “Women actually die more often than men do when they have a heart attack,” said Linda Hunter, chief nursing officer at Spring View Hospital.
    Yet, to many people, heart disease is considered more of a men’s issue. That’s part of the reason the American Heart Association has been trying to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease to women.

  • Spring View Hospital names new CEO

    Spring View Hospital announced last week that Timothy Trottier has been named chief executive officer (CEO).
    Trottier replaces Ruth McDaniel, Spring View’s former CEO, who retired Aug. 31, 2013. She had served as the CEO since June 21, 2010.
    More recently, Jerry Dooley served as the interim CEO while a national search was launched to find a permanent replacement.

  • Former MCHS student to launch original education programs in Africa

    In March 2014, Pink Elephant, a newly founded organization pursuing non-profit status, will launch its first mentor and education programs at an orphanage and school in Kenya, Africa.
    Pink Elephant was co-founded by Roya Headley, after her first initial trip to Botswana, Africa in the summer of 2013. Headley is a 2010 Marion County High School graduate and a current University of Louisville student.
    Pink Elephant’s goal is to provide children around the world with the necessary tools and resources to improve their educational and personal circumstances.

  • Mandatory 10-digit dialing for local telephone calls starts Feb. 1

    In less than one month, residents in the 270 area code will be required to dial 10 digits to make local calls.
    Until Feb. 1, 270 residents have the option of dialing seven or 10 digits to make local calls. Ten-digit dialing will be required because a new 364 area code will be superimposed in the 270 area.
    This will not change any existing 270 numbers, but new landline and wireless customers may be assigned 364 numbers, according to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. The first 364 numbers may be assigned around March 3.

  • 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.
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  • 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.”