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  • Q&A: Superintendent candidate Donald Smith

    How has your day been today (March 31)?

  • Tornado warning in effect until midnight

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for portions of southern Indiana, southern Ohio and Kentucky, including Marion County. The tornado warning remains in effect until midnight, April 3.

    The NWS forecast for this evening calls for showers and thunderstorms, which could produce heavy rainfall. East winds of 10 to 16 miles per hour, becoming southwest winds, are possible, with gusts as high as 29 miles per hour. 

    The NWS is predicting a 90 percent chance of precipitation with a half to three-quarters of an inch of rainfall.

  • Fiscal court meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, April 2, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Here is the agenda:

    Minutes of the previous meeting

    Presentation and census proclamation (Michelle Ellison)

    Arbor Day proclamation

    A request from the Chamber of Commerce to use county facilities during Ham Days

    Emergency declaration regarding livestock carcass removal, acquisition of permit and equipment

    Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services grant application

  • MCHS students design new school flag

    Students in Greg Conley's Special Topics class are putting the new Corel Drawx4 software to good use by re-designing a new flag for the school. Eighteen students took on the task.   The task was simple:   • Design a flag that represents the school with class.

    • Make sure to include the primary school colors - maroon (main), navy blue and silver as accent colors.

  • County may take over dead-animal pick-up

    The Marion County Fiscal Court spent more than an hour Monday afternoon discussing its options for dealing with dead animals. No decisions were made, but the magistrates spoke favorably of having the county take over dead animal removal.

    The county has not had dead animal removal since its private service provider suspended its service Feb. 27.

  • Junior Mister is Saturday at MCHS

    The Marion County High School Beta Club is pleased to present the 4th annual Marion County Junior Mister Pageant this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Roby Dome.   This amusing event is held each year to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. There are 15 young men competing in this year's program who will perform fitness, poise, and talent presentations. For a price of $5, audience members will enjoy Saturday Night Fever and get to cheer on their favorite participants. Tickets will be sold at the door.

  • Interviews with the finalists started Monday

    March Madness in Marion County started with the announcement that 15 candidates had applied to replace outgoing Superintendent Roger Marcum.

    Last week, the Marion County Board of Education received recommendations from the superintendent screening committee, and Thursday, the board announced it plans to interview Lisa Carroll, Chuck Hamilton, Ed Musgrove and Donald Smith.

    The first interview was held Monday, March 23, with Hamilton.

    Musgrove will be interviewed March 26. Carroll will be interviewed March 30, and Smith will be interviewed March 31.

  • Ice storm brought out 'community'

    Local government officials, emergency responders, hospital and nursing home representatives and utility company employees attended a March 17 meeting at the David R. Hourigan Government Center regarding the response to the recent ice storm.

    "The best thing is this showed that we, as a community, could pull together to take care of others," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said at the opening of the meeting.

  • "This profession chose me instead of me choosing it."

    Chuck Helm remembers his first call as an emergency responder. He was fresh out of high school when he joined the Adair County Rescue Squad.

    "In 1978, we didn't have the radio communications and technology we have today," he said. "You were notified by somebody calling on the phone."

    That first call was in response to a 17-year-old boy who had drowned in a creek.

    "I found the body and pulled it out," Helm said.

    He remembers seeing the family's reaction, and it left an impression on him that he'll never forget.

  • Fiscal court makes history museum proposal

    A short-handed Marion County Fiscal Court made a decision last week that could impact the proposed Marion County history museum. Magistrates John Arthur Elder III and Steve Masterson were not present for the March 19 meeting.

    Following a recommendation by Marion County Judge/Executive John G.