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  • Superintendent reports on first month on the job

    Taylora Schlosser has completed her first month as the Marion County Public Schools superintendent, and she reported on that month of activities during the Aug. 13 meeting of the Marion County Board of Education.
    On Aug. 6, the board and Schlosser discussed goals for the 2013-14 school year (see related story), and those goals were approved during last week’s meeting. Schlosser used those goals to shape her report.
    For example, one of the goals relates to teaching and learning.

  • Redistricting plans approved… again

    Last week, the Kentucky legislature approved redistricting plans for the state House of Representatives and Senate for the second time in two years.
    The new districts were signed into law Friday by Gov. Steve Beshear.
    "I expect these maps will withstand legal scrutiny, so all Kentuckians can be assured of appropriate representation in the General Assembly," Beshear said in a press statement.
    The General Assembly included an emergency provision so that the new districts took effect as soon as they were signed into law.

  • Senator introduces NGL resolution

    The General Assembly was limited to approving legislation related to redistricting during last week’s special session, but that didn’t stop legislators from introducing resolutions on other topics.
    State Senator Jimmy Higdon took advantage of that to propose a resolution regarding siting and regulation of natural gas liquids pipelines.

    A RESOLUTION regarding the siting and construction of natural gas liquids pipelines.

  • ‘More valuable than the dollar figure’

    Ron Cook and his wife, Kathy, have lived on their St. Francis property since 1976. Both grew up in big cities, but they moved to Marion County because they wanted to raise their children in a rural setting.
    “We put money into this farm, and we didn’t get anything out of it except for a way of life,” Cook said. “We’re just stewards of it. It was here before I got here. It will be here after I leave.”
    That’s also why Cook, 64, doesn’t want the Bluegrass Pipeline coming through or near his property.

  • Kentucky Health Exchange scheduled to go live Oct. 1

    State officials estimate that more than 640,000 Kentuckians do not have health insurance, and a majority of them are working families.
    In Marion County, 3,076 individuals under 65 do not have health insurance, according to the Governor’s Office.
    Starting Oct. 1, many uninsured Kentuckians will be able to sign up for insurance through the Kentucky Health Exchange.
    While the individual health exchange will open Oct. 1, the insurance policies will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2014.

  • New MCHS principal values team work

    Mike Abell, 41, of Springfield has been an educator for 19 years, and becoming a principal has always been one of his aspirations.
    He fulfilled that dream Monday, which was his first day at Marion County High School as its new principal.
    “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity,” Abell said last week after the SBDM council unanimously hired him for the position. “As a principal, you have such an opportunity to influence more students on a larger scale.”

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  • Hoerter remembered for work in community

    Lt. Col. George J. Hoerter, a veteran of three wars, died Aug. 19 at the age of 92.
    Hoerter served during World War II, and he served during Korea and Vietnam before retiring from the Air Force in 1974.
    Hoerter grew up in Louisville, but moved to Lebanon after retiring from the military. In the late 1980s, he served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, including a stint as the chamber president.

  • ‘Twain’ highlights arts festival this weekend

    “An Evening with Mark Twain” will be the featured performance during the second annual Classic Arts Festival, Aug. 30 and 31, at the Centre Square Fine Arts Building in Lebanon.

  • Loretto Homecoming is Saturday

    The 6th Mark Mattingly Memorial Loretto Homecoming will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Loretto Ball Park.
    The activities begin with a car show at 9 a.m.
    The Tim Fowler Firefighter Challenge is scheduled to start at noon, and an auction and live music are both scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
    A kickball game is scheduled for 4 p.m. A local team will face the 97.5 WAMZ HAMZ kickball team.
    All profits from this event will go toward St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.