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Education briefs

By Stevie Lowery

Last day of school
The last day of school for Marion County Public School students is Friday, May 20. Marion County High School graduation will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 21. And, the closing day for staff will be Tuesday, May 24.

Dream Bus
The Dream Bus is scheduled to visit all schools prior to the end of the year. It’s also scheduled to be in neighborhoods throughout the summer. Information will be mailed home to families.

College and Career Ready

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Derby event to be held Friday at autism center

The Working the Puzzle for Autism, Inc. Center will be having a Derby-themed event at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 29. RSVP by contacting Lisa Nally-Martin at nallymartin@windstream.net or call the center at 270-321-4360.

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County not allowing vandals to spoil Scott’s Ridge lookout

By Stevie Lowery

The Scott’s Ridge lookout in Raywick provides one of the most beautiful views of Marion County, but its splendor is often spoiled by vulgar graffiti and litter.
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements has made it his own personal project to try and keep that area cleaned up. He’s also put surveillance cameras in the area to try and catch the people who are defacing the property.

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Celebrate World Red Cross Day by giving blood

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood and help save lives in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.
Each year, the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder Henry Dunant.
Currently, donors of all blood types are needed to give and help save hospital patients’ lives. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the country.

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'Wasn't our miracle day, but it was for five other families'

Family's loss wasn't in vain

By Terri Likens
Special to the Enterprise

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Inherent in the month of April is the promise of life.
Redbuds and dogwoods paint hillsides transitioning from winter’s drab, and even on cloudy days, Central Kentucky’s bluegrass seems to shimmer with its own light.
It’s the month that Marion County native Terra Yates Gillispie was born, on April 27 — a birthday she shares with her mother, Lisa Yates.
It’s also the month that Gillispie unexpectedly lost Yates four years ago.

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Cara Brahm to compete in the Donate Life Transplant Games in June

Just keep breathing

By Stevie Lowery

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Greene
That quote is prominently displayed on a wall just above where Cara Brahm sits in her living room in her newly purchased home in Lebanon. It’s a quote Brahm, 39, can definitely relate to after struggling with cystic fibrosis since she was 10 years old.

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'Was on every prayer list in town'

Seven attempts got Richardson a kidney

By Terri Likens
Special to The Enterprise

For Carlotta Richardson of Lebanon, organ transplantation is a second-generation thing.
Her mother suffered from Bright’s disease, also known as nephritis, a chronic inflammation that damages the kidneys. That set her up to be an early kidney transplant recipient in 1979.
Her mother lived 10 years more with the donated kidney.

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Now it's time to swim with the grandchildren

Jude Hamilton's $32 heart beats strongly

By Terri Likens
Special to The Enterprise

Jude Hamilton’s heart had been through the wringer.
He suffered from the same congenital heart condition that took his father at age 39, and shortly after he passed that age himself, his own problems began to set in.
Around the year 2000, the Loretto resident began a long series of surgeries and procedures for his own heart failure — stents, two different bypasses and the installation of a pacemaker/defibrillator device.

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Marion County native is approaching her second year with her second kidney transplant

Two time’s a charm

By Stevie Lowery

Julia Browning Devine could quite possibly be Pope Francis’s biggest fan.
How many other people can say they’ve named one of their kidneys after him?
Devine, 46, who began suffering from kidney disease at age 15, received her second kidney transplant on Aug. 26, 2014.
She proudly named her new kidney “Francis” after her favorite Pope.
And Francis has been a blessing from day one.
“I've been told more than once, ‘You got a good one,” Devine said. “Francis is working beautifully for me.”

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Marion County Fiscal Court to meet today, April 21

The Marion County Fiscal Court will be having its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 21, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center on North Spalding Avenue.

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