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Today's Features

  • Jill is Pet of the Week at the Marion County Animal Shelter.

    She is a shepherd mix who loves to play and is very outgoing and very loving.  She loves attention and toys.

    Jill is about 8 months old and will make a great pet for a family with older children or anyone looking for a fun-loving companion.

    If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there. For a complete listing of pets with pictures visit adoption@petfinder.com.

  • Through a collaborative effort with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC), Joy Mining Machinery of Lebanon has received a $40,219 training grant for 2009 from Kentucky Workforce Investment Network System (KY WINS) administered by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. These funds will help the company provide quality training by instructors from ECTC in the National Electrical Code, transformers, and electrical circuits.  

  • Jailer Barry Brady was presented the Board of Directors' Award from the American Jail Association in Louisville during their 28th Annual Training Conference and Jail Expo held April 26-30.

    Jailer Brady was recognized for his assistance during the conference and his continued support to the association.

    AJA is a national, nonprofit organization serving those individuals who work in and operate our nation's jails.

  • Troy Bright and Madison Beach were crowned Marion County High School's prom king and queen at prom recently.

  • NaNa will make the most wonderful companion for the right person. She is house broken, rides well and is a loving dog.

    NaNa gets along with other dogs and loves to play.

    If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there.

    For a complete listing of pets with pictures visit adoption@petfinder.com.

    The shelter reminds pet owners that all cats and dogs should have a rabies shot. To adopt an animal, potential owners must complete an adoption application. The animal shelter accepts stray or unwanted animals.

  • I have a friend who gave up chocolate for Lent, so I wanted to make something chocolate and yummy for him after Easter.

    I came up with this Chocolate Surprise Cake, and it turned out even better than I thought it would.

    It's very easy, uses a jazzed-up cake mix and a few other ingredients to make a beautiful shiny cake with a cream cheesy chocolate chip center.

    It's quite rich as is, and icing is not really necessary, but you could add icing if you wanted to. Chocoholics take note: you should save this recipe. If you try it, you'll make it again and again. Enjoy!

  • I am particularly anxious to move some of my houseplants outdoors this spring. The gardenia that I have had for over 12 years looks terrible! It needs the restorative environment of the great outdoors: more light, warmth, higher relative humidity and rainwater. I am not sure whether the cold house during the January ice storm/no electricity episode has had an impact on it or if it was just coincidence that it began to die back shortly thereafter. In any case, it needs to be pruned up and sent outside to recover.

  • It is time to begin planning for 4-H Camp. As has become a tradition, we have many exciting events and activities planned for the five-day excursion, June 2-6, at Lake Cumberland 4-H Center.

    4-H Camp forms for campers, teen and adult volunteers are available at the Marion County Extension office at this time. Camp applications are due into the extension office by May 15th

    The fee for this year's camp is $150.00, with limited 4-H camp scholarships available. We will be attending camp again this summer with others from Green, Clinton and Adair counties.

  • For some gardeners the tactile experience of maintaining the garden is not really what they're after.  I love the whole process but I realize that most people just want things to look good without too much fuss. There in lies the mission of the Perennial Plant Association's "Plant of the Year" program.

    Each year industry professionals vote for what they think is an outstanding perennial, this year the votes have been cast for Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'.

  • The past couple of years have been tough on both tobacco farmers and companies alike as decreased cigarette consumption and poor growing conditions have hampered the stability of tobacco on the farm and in the marketplace.

    Although we're just getting into the 2009 crop year we've already encountered some obstacles that have been hard to stomach as many burley farmers received production/contract cuts in March.