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  • Missing kayaker identified, still hasn’t been recovered

    The family of the missing kayaker has released his name to the media and surrounding communities, though he has not been found yet.

    Anthony “Tony” Brown, 28, has been missing since Sunday afternoon, May 6. Tony was kayaking with his friends, and it's believed he fell overboard near Mill Dam. His body has not surfaced yet.

    His mother, Deborah Brown, said she and her family continue to wait for the call that Tony has been found.

  • The price of progress

    The Marion County Fiscal Court’s meeting room was full Thursday afternoon and tensions were high in anticipation of the court’s decision regarding its agreement with Maker’s Mark Distillery.

    Prior to any discussion or voting, Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty read the following statement aloud:

  • School board votes to keep 8 teachers, cuts 2 percent raise district wide

    When looking over the budget Thursday afternoon, prior to their regular monthly meeting, the Marion County Board of Education was faced with the issue of doling out a 2 percent raise district-wide, as they had last year, or finding a way to save the almost $500,000 it would take to keep approximately eight teachers from losing their jobs. 

  • News briefs week of 05-09-18

    Search continues for missing kayaker

    As of press time, emergency officials from Marion and Taylor counties were still searching for a missing 28-year-old Marion County man who went missing while kayaking Sunday afternoon, May 6.

  • Powerhouse moms

    It’s no secret that moms wear many hats and sometimes do unbelievable feats of multitasking and time management to keep their households running. Power-house mother-daughter duo Bernadette O’Daniel and Katie Clark know how to do it right, one being a working mom and the other a professional stay-at-home mom. 


    The working mom – Bernadette O’Daniel 

  • LES principal search underway

    Lebanon Elementary School has begun its search to find a new principal. 

    Donna Royse, who has been principal at LES for 15 years, is retiring at the end of this school year after 34 total years in education.

  • Fiscal court briefs

    The regular called meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court was held on May 3.  The following are news briefs from that meeting:

    • The fiscal court was joined by Jim Askins with NG-KIH Design Build LLC and the Ledcor Group to discuss the Kentucky Wired Program. Askins reported that 3,400 miles of fiber optic cable would be installed statewide in the project. Askins reported that Marion County falls into the Ring 3 territory and that work would be completed on Aug. 4, 2020.  

  • Marion County women honored during Oaks Survivors Parade

    Mimi Crum of Lebanon and three sisters who were born and raised in Marion County were among the 144 Kentucky women who were honored during the 2018 Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade on Friday, May 4, Oaks Day, at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

    Crum is pictured with her husband, Richard, who is also a cancer survivor. Both Crum and her husband are retired from the Marion County Public School System. Richard still teaches middle school science part time at St. Augustine Grade School. They have been married since 1987.

  • School board briefs

    Marion County Public Schools has completed 155 days out of the school year, with 19 days (or four weeks) remaining to complete the school year. The Marion County Board of Education held a special-called meeting on Thursday, May 3, to address end of the year events and approve the new 2018-19 budget and staffing changes. 


    Superintendent’s report

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser reported the following:

  • U.S. Rep. James Comer: ‘Marion County is an economic development success story’

    “I’m a big fan of your economic team here in Marion County,” said U.S. House of Representatives and Kentucky Representative James Comer. “This is an economic development success story. I travel the state a lot, there’s some counties that say they can’t get jobs there. Marion County has written the book on how to attract industry without being blessed with university headquarters here or a major interstate running right through it.”