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  • MCHS sees jump in ACT scores

    Marion County High School Principal Stacey Hall is walking a little taller since receiving test scores last week, which show that the school's English, reading, science and composite scores on the ACT have set a new school record for being the highest in school history.
    "This just shows that with some time and patience, good things do happen," Hall said.

  • Walk of Faith

    Last week, hundreds of young Latter Day Saints got a taste of what it was like for the Mormon pioneers who trekked from Illinois to Utah in the 1840s.
    The youth spent much of the day Thursday pulling handcarts over uneven ground on the Raikes’ farm outside Bradfordsville. After camping out that evening, they pulled their carts into town Friday morning, where they did some community service, including repainting curbs and basketball poles and cleaning up at the old school and the park.

  • The band played on

    President Lincoln’s Own, which appeared and performed in the movie “Lincoln,” held a concert Sunday afternoon in front of the Marion County Heritage Center. In full, wool uniforms and in temperatures that reached as high as 94 degrees, the band performed several songs from the Civil War era along with providing some history about the songs significance. The heritage center houses the instrument collection that belongs to Don Johnson, who is the director of President Lincoln’s Own. The center also has some of the band’s uniforms on display.

  • International touch

    Carla Wagner has taken the long road to becoming the new executive director of the Lebanon Tourism and Convention Commission. Now, she’s looking to continue the progress made by her predecessors.
    Wagner has worked for the tourist commission since July of 2010, when she became the administrative assistant under former director Chris Hamilton, who left to become the tourism director of the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Illinois.
    “Chris Hamilton really built this office,” Wagner said.

  • Fiscal court meets today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, July 11, in a special-called meeting.

    The court normally meets on the first Thursday of the month, but since that was the Fourth of July holiday, the meeting was moved to today.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Homeland security grant resolution(s) for the sheriff, city/fire department

    - Approval of payment for state contribution for indigent defense

  • Four chances to donate blood this month in Marion County

    The American Red Cross is facing a critical need for blood. With that in mind, there are four blood drives scheduled for this month in Marion County.

    - July 12, 2-6 p.m. at Farmers National Bank

    - July 15, 2-7 p.m. at the Gravel Switch Community Center

    - July 17, 2-7 p.m. at the Marion County Area Technology Center. This is the "Empower Youth" drive, sponsored by HOSA.

    - July 28, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Charles Church.

    For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

  • Flash flood watch issued for Marion County

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from 3 p.m.July 10 through 6 a.m. Thursday, July 11.
    The watch includes several parts of Kentucky, including Marion and surrounding counties. A flash flood watch means conditions could develop that lead to flash flooding.

  • Hoax gets Taylor County man in trouble with police

    It all started with a phone call.
    Jerry Hayden was at his Shofner Road home on June 25 when the phone rang. It was a dispatcher from the Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 Center who wanted to know what was going on inside his home.
    "I said, 'There's not a thing going on.'"
    Hayden said the dispatcher said there were Taylor County Sheriff's deputies outside his home and he needed to walk outside.
    Doing as he told, Hayden walked out his front door, with the phone to his ear. He was then ordered to sit the phone down and walk away from his home.

  • Kentucky Army National Guard’s 202nd Army Band performs

    The Kentucky Army National Guard’s 202nd Army Band performed live at the St. Augustine Parish Center on July 5.

  • Mormon migration re-enactment in Bradfordsville this week

    Later this week, Mormon pioneers will be coming to Bradfordsville.
    From July 11-13, more than 100 youth and 40 adults from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Marion, Jefferson and Oldham counties will participate in a re-enactment of the Mormon pioneers 1840s migration to the Salt Lake Valley.
    “They are going to be pulling hand-carts for quite a few miles,” said Julie Cluff, the director of public affairs for the Crestwood Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.