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  • It's not too late to sign up for Barkitecture event

    Just Paws is organizing the first-ever Barkitecture event and wants to extend another offer for people to get involved.

    The Barkitecture event is a dog house building contest. All dog houses entered into the contest will be distributed to needy dogs in the community. The winner will receive a canvas tote bag filled with a variety of new tools.

    The dog houses will be on display at the Just Paws booth at the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce's Farm, Home and Garden show the first weekend in April.

  • Engaging behavior

    Later this month, the U.S. Marine Corps will begin a new approach in the ongoing efforts to win the hearts and minds of the Afghani people, and a Marion County High School graduate will be part of that effort.

    Lance Corporal Beth Walls, 20, is one of approximately 40 people who volunteered to be part of the Marines' first female engagement teams.

    "We're not going to Afghanistan to impose our culture," Walls said. "We're trying to show that we respect them so they'll cooperate with us."

  • Judge betting on county being counted

    In 2000, only 62 percent of Marion County residents returned their Census forms via the mail.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly is counting on local residents doing better this time.

    In fact, he's betting on it.

    Last week, Mattingly made a bet with Washington County Judge/Executive John Settles that Marion County will have a higher return rate than Washington County. The losing county judge will purchase dinner for the other county's Complete Count Committee.

  • Tech school scores high on state assessment

    The Marion County Area Technology Center scored an almost perfect score during its most recent school assessment, according to information presented to school board members during their meeting last week.

    The tech center and each of its programs are assessed every two years by a state-appointed team. On a 4-point scale, the tech center received a score of 3.73, and its machine tool program scored a perfect 4, Principal Laura Arnold reported to board members.

  • Teacher recognized for service, skill

    For 43 years, Sheila Mattingly has been a teacher and, like many educational professionals, has been rewarded throughout her career by those little, subtle moments when a student's eyes brighten as a light clicks on inside. However, at a ceremony last week, she received a more tangible form of recognition, this one from her peers.

    Mattingly, a St. Joseph Elementary School teacher in Bardstown, was presented with the Fr.

  • St. Baldrick's is Saturday

    The fourth annual St. Baldrick's event will be held this Saturday, March 20, at St. Augustine Grade School.

    The event will last from 1 to 3 p.m. The head-shaving fund-raiser will benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises money toward children's cancer research.

    To date, 48 participants have signed up to have their heads shaved or to shave heads.

    To learn more about the local event, contact Eric Daugherty at (270) 602-2113 or visit the event web page, www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/eventid/340/eventyear/2010. 

  • Political party pressure?

    Leo H. Johnson, the Republican candidate from Casey County running for the District 24 Kentucky House seat, has come under fire from Republican lawmakers for refusing to withdraw from the race.

    Instead, his opponent in the May 18 primary election, M.J. "Bill" Pickerill, withdrew from the race March 12, according to the Secretary of State's office.

    "I've had lots of pressure to drop out of the race," Johnson said, adding that "the Republican Party thinks it takes a candidate from Marion County to win this race."

  • Spring break carved down to two days, April 8-9

    Three days of Spring Break, April 5-7, will be used as makeup days but it's the remaining two days, April 8-9, that the Marion County Board of Education have not made an official decision on.

    The school calendar was a primary topic of conversation during last week's school board meeting, but the final decision on Spring Break was tabled because the testing window for local schools could change and that could affect whether the school system uses April 8-9 as makeup days or gives those two days to students as a Spring Break, according to Smith.

  • Raised right

    Kim and Thad Peterson know farming.

    They manage more than 550 acres. They sell between 3,500 and 4,000 hogs annually. They sell approximately 150 calves, and they raise about 140 acres of corn and 160 acres of hay. And, until recently, they grew thousands of tobacco plants.

    Both are Marion County natives who were raised in farm families.

    All of that may have something to do with why they were named the 2010 Outstanding Farmers at the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet earlier this year.

  • Fiscal Court to meet at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 18.

    Here is the agenda for that meeting:

    - Consider / Approval  of  Minutes  of  Previous  Meeting

    - Review / Consider  for Approval  Budget  of  Marion  County  Conservation  District

    - Review / Consider  for  Approval  County  Road  Aid  Resolution