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  • Screening committee begins selection process for next superintendent

    Marion County Superintendent Roger Marcum announced months ago that this would be his final year leading Marion County schools.

    The Marion County Board of Education has advertised for his position, and the Marion County screening committee received information about the applicants for the position Thursday, Feb. 26.

    The district received applications from 15 people - 12 are men, three are women.

  • St. Baldrick's Day is March 14

    Soon many bald heads will be seen around Marion County.

    It's that time of year again. Time for Citizens National Bank's third annual St. Baldrick's Day event, which will be held Saturday, March 14, in the St. Augustine gymnasium.

    However, before the big hair shaving event arrives, CNB is sponsoring several pre-St. Baldrick's Day fundraisers in hopes of generating even more funds to help combat childhood cancer.

  • Screening committee begins selection process for next superintendent

    The superintendent screening committee for Marion County Schools held its first meeting Thursday evening.

    The screening committee members are Lee Ann Divine (principal at Glasscock Elementary School), Bernard Miles (school board member), Sarah Martin (teacher), Daniel Mattingly (teacher), Pam Spalding (board secretary and classified employee representative) and Dot Caldwell (parent representative).

    Limited information is available about the superintendent candidates at this time. The district received applications from 15 people — 12 are men, three are women. 

  • Spring Break is April 9-10

    Students and school faculty in Marion County can blame Mother Nature for their Spring Break being cut short this year.

    Due to the school days that were missed during the recent ice storm, the Marion County Board of Education approved only two days, Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10, for Spring Break.

  • Dead animal removal service ending

    Friday, Feb. 27, is the final day that dead animals will be picked up in Marion County by Nation Brothers, according to a statement release by Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly.

    Mattingly wrote that he received notice yesterday from Gabe Nation that Nation Brothers would discontinue hauling and picking up animals.

    The decision by Nation Brothers was in response to new regulations by the Federal Department of Agriculture that require the removal of the brain and spinal column from bovine animals over 30 months old.

  • Women of Color's Black History Celebration this Saturday

    Saturday, Marion Countians will have an opportunity to learn about African-American history.

    Church choirs, dramatic presentations, a guest speaker and a historical display are all planned as part of the Women of Color's annual Black History Celebration. The events will be held at St. Augustine Parish Hall in Lebanon.

    "It's going to be nice," said Rose Graves, the history chairwoman for the Women of Color.

  • Many small city residents are cleaning up on their own

    Contractors have started the work of cleaning up storm debris from the right-of-way along state roads, and county crews are working to clean up county roads in the aftermath of the recent ice storm.

    But what about residents of incorporated cities who do not live on a state or county road?

    First and foremost, all county residents are allowed to take debris to the county staging area. As of press time, staging areas were open at the corner of Taylor and Mercer avenues in Lebanon and near the Raywick Fire Department in Raywick.

  • Investigation continues in officer’s death

    A homicide investigation is ongoing regarding the death of Lebanon Police Officer David M. Ford.

    As of Monday morning, there was no new information to report on the case, but police are following up on every lead available to them, said Billy Gregory, public affairs officer for the Columbia Kentucky State Police Post.

  • 'Gigantic' storm required 'gigantic' response

    The 2009 ice storm has been called the biggest natural disaster in the state by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    Statewide residents are well aware of how powerful the storm was. It left many of them without electricity for days and even weeks in some cases.

    Sheree Gilliam, the vice-president of customer services for Inter County Energy, said she agreed with the governor's statement.

    "I've been through ice storms before, but nothing of this magnitude," she said.

    Cliff Feltham, a spokesperson for Kentucky Utilities, agreed.

  • Q&A on county debris removal plan

    The Marion County Fiscal Court met at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, to decide on a plan for debris removal following the recent ice storm. All county residents are reminded that staging areas are available if they want to remove the debris from their property themselves.