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  • Local schools work to close the gaps

    Kentucky schools are preparing for a new testing system, which will begin in the spring. But, recently members of the Marion County Board of Education were discussing 2011 Kentucky Core Content Test scores, which show significant learning gaps in reading and math among students with disabilities, African American students and male students.

  • Attempted murder, arson case closed

    The Commonwealth of Kentucky is no longer pursuing an attempted murder case against William Joseph "Joey" Rigdon.

    The case had been dismissed pending a federal investigation on Jan. 6, 2011, with the possibility that they could be refiled, but Marion Circuit Judge Allen Bertram determined that "No issues remain for this case," according to court records.

  • Labor of love

    Farming isn't just something Larry Jones does for a living. It's something he loves.

    "It's in my blood," he said. "I love the smell of fresh air in the early morning and the feel of dirt under my feet."

    Farming is also something Jones, 55, does well, which is why the Marion County Chamber of Commerce named him the 2012 Outstanding Farmer.

  • Young Democrats convention is this weekend

    Lebanon has been a Democratic stronghold for decades, but this weekend it will be the center of the party's activity in the state. The Kentucky Young Democrats are holding their annual convention March 2-4 in Lebanon.

    "We've put together a really good convention schedule,"  said Joey George, president of the Marion County Young Democrats.

  • Hometown girl on Hollywood red carpet

    Lebanon native Tracy Myers Denver knows what it's like to perform on a big stage.

    After all, she was the 1998 Marion County Junior Miss.

    But, that stage has grown by leaps and bounds within the past few months for Tracy and her Navy SEAL husband, Rorke Denver, who stars in the upcoming film, "Act of Valor," in theaters Friday.

    Tracy's husband plays one of the main characters in the film, which she admits, is very surreal.

  • Black history celebration

    The Marion County Arts and Humanities Council held its second annual Black History Celebration Saturday, Feb 18, at Lebanon United Presbyterian Church in Lebanon.
    Choirs from First Baptist Church of Campbellsville and Holy Rosary Church of Springfield participated in the event along with a group of liturgical dancers.

  • News briefs

    Mackville man dies in single-vehicle accident

    A Mackville man was pronounced dead after a collision at 2:50 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, on KY 53, two miles north of Willisburg.

    Michael Sallee, 21, of Battle Road in Mackville was driving a 1995 Ford south on KY 53 when the accident occurred. Sallee dropped off the right shoulder of the road, struck a guardrail and then a tree. The cause of the accident has not been determined.

  • Dog dumper pleads not guilty

    Christina Gribbins pled not guilty Monday in Marion District Court to 23 charges of second-degree cruelty to animals.

    Gribbins, 36, of 173 Spurlington Road in Campbellsville confessed to abandoning 23 dogs on Highway 412 in Marion County on the morning of Jan. 24, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements. Gribbins was arrested Feb. 7.

    She had been running "A New Leash Animal Rescue" and she collected dogs from surrounding shelters and rescue programs.

  • Black History Celebration is Feb. 26

    The public is invited to attend the Marion County Chapter of the NAACP's Black History Celebration at Centre Square Sunday, Feb. 26. This event will begin promptly at 3 p.m.

    The Rev. Dale Smith, the pastor of Tucker Chapel in Lebanon will be the guest speaker. The event will include performances by several musical groups. Black history monologues will also be presented.

    Rose Graves will be sharing an extensive black history display, and light refreshments will be served at the end of the program.

  • Senior center opens in renovated school

    Barbara Stratton has been coming to the Bradfordsville Senior Center for around two years.

    "I really enjoy it," the 71-year-old said. "Everybody laughs and cuts up."

    Stratton and her fellow seniors are also happy to have a new home. After meeting in the Bradfordsville Civic Center for years, the seniors now have a place to call their own.