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Today's News

  • Remembering King

    On Sunday afternoon, scores of people gathered together to remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    As one group gathered at First Baptist Church of Lebanon, another group assembled at the Lebanon Post Office, where the United Concerned Citizens Organization started its annual march for King.
    “Many young people don’t understand the sacrifices he and others made,” said Maria Bell, president of the UCCO.

  • High school receives part of $3 million grant

    Over the past two years Franklin-Simpson High School has made dramatic improvements in the levels of student academic success and college and career readiness, in particular making significant gains among students with disabilities and earning the school accolades statewide.
    Now, with an Investing in Innovation grant from the U.S. Department of  

  • Inmate gets 12 months for assault charge

    Kendrick C. Brown, 24, of the Marion County Detention Center was sentenced to 12 months in prison for fourth-degree assault. His sentence will be served concurrent with his sentence in a federal case.
    This was amended from an original charge of third-degree assault (inmate assault on a corrections employee).

    In other circuit court news:
    - Tracey Scott Smith, 42, of Mock Avenue in Lebanon was sentenced to one year in jail for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second or subsequent offense, and third-degree assault.

  • Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky scholastics award winner

    Rachel Gootee received a preliminary scholastics award Friday evening during the Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky program. Gootee, the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of Marion County, competed in the program Friday and Saturday at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington. Kassie Miller representing Taylor County won the competition. More images can be seen at the following website: www.carpe-imago.smugmug.com.
     

  • Board makes 'progress' in work session

    The Marion County Board of Education used a Jan. 15 work session to reach a consensus about its mid-year superintendent's evaluation and to create committees to look at its public comment policy and the possibility of random drug screenings for school employees.
    The board also discussed how it would evaluate proposals for a guaranteed energy savings contract after they are opened on Jan. 26.
    Toward the end of the meeting, Board Chairman Mike Cecil asked if they liked having a work session.
    The board's newest member, Kaelin Reed, was in favor of it.

  • Lots of work to do in Frankfort

    Greetings from Frankfort. After a busy and very productive first week of the session, we are in adjournment until Feb. 3. Yet, we still have much work to do. The last date for new bills is Feb. 13, and that means that we are working to see what legislation needs priority and how to move forward efficiently. I have been traveling to Frankfort and meeting with the other leaders to prepare.

  • Major issues to be addressed by March

    There may only be 30 working days in this year’s legislative session, but it already seems like there are about twice as many major issues needing to be addressed before the General Assembly wraps up its work in late March.
    Because the state operates under a two-year budget, and our constitution therefore requires larger majorities in the House and Senate to “open it up” in odd-numbered years, few of the bills filed have a significant financial impact.
    Even so, that does not lessen the importance of those that may become law.

  • Career centers focus on advanced manufacturing training

    By Sherman Bowman

    The Lincoln Trail Workforce Investment Board and the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail are pleased to announce a new training program to help both job seekers and employers in one of our region’s most promising job sectors – advanced manufacturing.
    Through a grant-funded initiative, called Kentucky Career Center Get Opportunity (KCCGO), we’ve developed intensive, no-cost training to help up to 90 job seekers start or re-enter their career in manufacturing.

  • Gootee wins preliminary scholarship award

    Rachel Gootee received a preliminary scholarship award Friday evening during the Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky program.

    Gootee, the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of Marion County, also performed her talent, a piano piece by Ludwig van Beethoven, on Friday evening.

    The Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky program concluded Saturday at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.

  • Marion Circuit Clerk's Office closed Monday

    The Marion Circuit Clerk’s office will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.