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Today's News

  • Deer: Hughes

    Peyton Hughes 10, killed this 8-point buck during deer season. He is the son of Sara Hughes and the late Sgt. Jonathan Adam Hughes.
     

  • Outstanding Award winners

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 29, at Centre Square. Josh Ballard received the Outstanding Citizen Award. Joe H. Mattingly was named the Outstanding Businessperson. Tammy Newcome is this year's Outstanding Educator, and Michael Buckman is the Outstanding Farmer. The Marion County Detention Center received the President's Award, and That Cute Little Shop received the Lebanon Main Street Appreciation Award.

  • School district resumes energy savings push

    For the second time in the last three months, the Marion County Board of Education has selected CMTA to provide a guaranteed energy savings plan for the district.
    The district approved a guaranteed energy savings proposal by CMTA on Nov. 11, but rescinded that motion on Dec. 4 on the recommendation of the board attorney. The board then approved a revised policy related to the guaranteed energy savings proposals and reopened the process.
    The second round of proposals was presented on Jan. 26, and the school board voted 4-1 to select CMTA instead of Harshaw Trane.

  • Taking on the hazardous liquids pipeline in Kentucky

    By Brent Schanding
    The State Journal

    The End Of The Line — a new documentary produced by 34-year-old filmmaker Sellus Wilder — is expected to debut as early as April.
    Wilder, who formerly served as a Frankfort commissioner, says the 90-minute documentary follows a diverse coalition of farmers, religious orders, environmentalists and constitutional conservatives as they joined together to protect their land, liberty and even their lives from a controversial hazardous liquids pipeline in Kentucky.

  • You can smoke, just please not around me

    By Kate Kirzinger, Guest Columnist

  • Kynect enrollment steady heading into final two weeks

    As the countdown to the close of open enrollment enters its final two weeks, nearly 137,500 Kentuckians have newly enrolled for health care coverage or renewed their current plans through kynect since open enrollment began on Nov. 15, 2014.
    This enrollment total includes individuals who have either newly enrolled in a private health insurance plan, qualified for Medicaid coverage or renewed the private insurance plans they purchased through kynect last year.
     
    Special outreach to students

  • Politics, breakfast and a full belly

    On Saturday morning, the Marion County Farm Bureau hosted its annual legislative breakfast. This has become a tradition on the last Saturday in January, and it’s one that more people should attend.
    Here’s a few thoughts after eating one (or two) too many doughnuts.
    • Obviously, this is an opportunity for local Farm Bureau members to share their concerns with our state legislators, and for the legislators to share their thoughts on the General Assembly.

  • School district denies unlawful termination accusations

    The Marion County Board of Education has filed an answer to a lawsuit accusing school officials of wrongfully terminating two employees.
    Ramona McKinney and Kimberly Medley, both of Lebanon, were employed as special education instructional aides until they were fired on April 30 and Feb. 5, 2014, respectively, according to the complaint they filed Dec. 19 in Marion Circuit Court.

  • Entertainment is around the corner

    By G.B. Dixon

    Arts columnist

  • AARP taxpayer assistance starts Feb. 4

    The Marion County Extension Office will host the AARP Tax Aide program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday from Feb. 4 through April 8. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for sign-ins.
    IRS trained and certified volunteers will be on hand to assist taxpayers in preparing their tax returns to answer tax-related questions.