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  • Taylor County woman still going strong at 106

    She still remembers the first time she rode in a car. And she can recall her first airplane ride. But she doesn't seem to understand why there is such a fuss about her 106th birthday.
    On Feb. 16, Frances Moss celebrated 106 years of life. Performers from Kentucky Classic Theater came to The Grandview Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, where Moss now lives, to perform songs from her lifetime in her honor.
    "It was so much more than I thought it was going to be," she said.

  • Beefy operation

    Unlike many recipients of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Awards, Pat Hourigan wasn’t surprised to hear his name called at the chamber dinner.
    Hourigan wasn’t being vain, however.
    “They pretty much had to tell me to get me to show up,” he said.
    Hourigan, 52, grew up in Gravel Switch. He was the youngest of Ross and Betty Hourigan’s three children.

  • History on display

    Adam Poff has been impressed with the work done by the Marion County Historical Society to transform the old courthouse into the Marion County Heritage Center.
    “It has become a fixture in the community in such a short period of time,” Poff said.
    And as the outgoing president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, he selected the heritage center to receive this year’s President’s Award.
    Most people probably know that the center is the home of the Turtleman Museum, but there’s more to it than that.

  • Strong: ‘A mighty man of God’

    “Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 1:9)
    Tanner Strong etched those words on the cover of his Bible with a pocketknife. If he were here today, that’s undoubtedly the advice he would give to his father, family and friends who are grieving his death.
    “He was a mighty man of God,” Joe Strong said about his 16-year-old son.
    Jeffrey Tanner Strong died Feb. 19 when he and a friend were tearing down a tree house.

  • House destroyed but no injuries in Clell Mattingly Road house fire

     Firefighters from Loretto, Raywick and Lebanon responded to a house fire Feb. 25 at 1020 Clell Mattingly Road.

    J.C. “Tooders” Mattingly, 83, was at home during the fire, but got out with the help of David Ray Hardesty.

    “I had no idea it was happening,” Mattingly said.

    While he got out unharmed, Mattingly’s house was pretty well destroyed. He said he’d lived there his entire life.

  • Memorial service for MCHS student is today

    Tanner Strong's classmates will be holding a memorial service for him at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Marion County High School track. Strong died Feb. 19 after an accident while taking down a treehouse.

    Strong, 16, was an avid UK fan, and students are encouraged to wear their UK gear, blue and white balloons and a white candle.

    Strong was buried Monday, Feb. 24.

  • More than ready to ride

    David Thompson remembers going to horse races in Green and Adair counties when he was 5 or 6 years old. There, he watched Dick and Pipel Cowherd ride horses named Davey Crockett and Francis, and he knew from that moment on that he wanted to be a jockey, too.
    He had a pony, and he even asked his dad to make him a track on their property in Springfield. Thompson, now 62, even made his own stirrups out of grass.
    After a lot of work, Thompson's dream came true in 1975 when he got his jockey's license.

  • Black history will be celebrated Sunday

    Two activities this Sunday, Feb. 23, will honor black history in Marion County.
    At 2 p.m. Sunday, the Marion County chapter of the NAACP will be hosting its annual Black History Celebration.
    Local NAACP President Jerry Evans said Rev. Dale Smith will present a narrative describing the church bombing that occurred in 1963 in Birmingham, Ala., during the civil rights movement.
    Youth groups from Holy Rosary Church, under the direction of Tyrone Burton and Marquita Mattingly, will perform, as will the step team from the Marion County Youth Center.

  • Wear purple for Kara

    Kara Tingle has been missing since July 17, 2010. She was last seen on Beechfork Loop Road in Gravel Switch. She was driving a family member's car that was found two days later on Bluegrass Parkway.
    Her family, including her children, Austin, 11, and Nora, 4, will be wearing purple on Friday, Feb. 21, to honor Kara’s 31st birthday. Kara’s family and friends would like to invite the public to join them in wearing purple on Friday to show support. Purple is one of Kara's favorite colors.

  • Ice storm memories from our readers

    Jill Glasscock-Dean
    My Papaw died during that ice storm. Half the family didn’t have electricity trying to prepare and deal with a funeral. Kevin Ford came to my parents’ house and spent the afternoon picking up and hauling off massive amounts of tree limbs and debris in the cold without being asked. It was a huge act of kindness during a very somber time.

    Amy Riney