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  • 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

  • Interviews for vacant schoolboard seat set for March 17

    Interviews for the six applicants for the vacant school board seat are scheduled for next week - March 17 - at the Marion County Board of Education office.

    The position, which was left vacant when School Board Member Joe Mattingly resigned recently, has garnered a great deal of local interest. Mattingly was forced to resign after his daughter, Christina L. McRay, was hired as the assistant principal at Marion County High School. Under KRS 160.180, individuals who have a relative working for the school district may not serve on the school board.

  • NTSB releases preliminary report on plane crash

    Although no official cause has been determined, a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that ice had formed on the wings of the plane that crashed one mile from the Lebanon-Springfield Airport Feb. 23.

    Kent Shilling, the pilot, was killed when the Piper PA-28 Cherokee airplane crashed. According to the NTSB, Shilling reported that the plane had rime icing on its wings just minutes before the accident.