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  • Time to shine

    Meg Halloran devoted several weekends during the past two years to working on a small, independent film. This weekend, she'll be enjoying the results of her and her friends' hard work at the Sundance Film Festival.

    "One Too Many Mornings," the film that Halloron co-produced, was selected as one of the films featured in the festival's new NEXT category.

    "The project is really special because it was a small group of people working on it," said Halloran, a 2001 graduate of Marion County High School. "It meant a lot of sacrifices."

  • Winter weather advisory has been issued

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory and a hazardous weather outlook for south central Kentucky, including Marion County.

    The winter weather advisory is in effect through 4 p.m. Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, snow will start accumulating in south central Kentucky this evening. Two to four inches of snowfall is anticipated with higher accumulation possible.

    This may cause travel difficulties. Drivers should be prepared for snow-covered roads with limited visibility.

  • Checks, balances important to candidate

    Leo Johnson has spent the last six years working for the Administrative Office of the Courts. He hopes Feb. 2 that voters in the 24th District judge him worthy of being their state representative.

    The 24th District includes Casey and Marion counties and part of Pulaski County.

    Johnson decided to run for office after much prayer and after discussing it with his wife, Kim, and their two children.

  • Second MAC escapee has been caught

    John K. Francis, an inmate who walked away from Marion Adjustment Center last week, was apprehended at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26.

    Francis and another inmate Brian Wyatt were found to be missing Jan. 17. Wyatt was recaptured Jan. 20 in Nelson County.

    Francis was caught in Mercer County by the Mercer County Sherriff's Department. He is being housed in the Marion County Detention Center. 

  • One of the MAC escapees has been caught

    Inmate Brian Wyatt walked away from Marion Adjustment Center Sunday, Jan. 17. He was recaptured at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

    Wyatt was apprehended by the Nelson County Sheriff's Department, and he is being held in the Nelson County Jail.

    He was serving a 10-year sentence for engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate and two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamines). His parole board date was scheduled for June 14, 2011.

  • Political 'newcomer' has followed the issues

    Terry Mills spent 35 years working for the Social Security Administration, and now he hopes to serve the public in another capacity.

    Mills is the Democratic candidate in the Feb. 2 special election to fill the vacant state representative's seat for the 24th District, which includes Casey and Marion counties and part of Pulaski County.

  • Living long, living well

    Richard Smalley hasn't done too much traveling in the 96 years he's been alive, but he has done a lot of living in that time.

    "I haven't rode no plane. I haven't rode no motorcycle," he said. "But I have rode mules."

    Smalley was born March 24, 1913, to William Henry and Mae (Clark) Smalley in Marion County.

  • MCHS hires new assistant principal, board member forced to resign

    Marion County High School has a new assistant principal but the district has lost a school board member.

    This all comes after the Marion County High School's Site-based Decision Making Council held a special called meeting last week and unanimously voted to hire Christina L. McRay to fill the school's vacant assistant principal position, which was left open when Tammy Newcome resigned and accepted an interim principal's position at Boston Elementary in Nelson County.

    McRay is the daughter of School Board Member Joe F. Mattingly.

  • Special contest going to the dogs

    Just Paws, Inc., is organizing a new contest that is for a good cause and could be a lot of doggone fun.

    The design contest, called Barkitecture, will invite local amateurs and professionals to create a functional outdoor doghouse. Just Paws invites individuals, groups or companies, to showcase their creative talents. The winner will receive an award. The houses will be on display at the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce's Farm, Home and Garden Show April 3. The winners will be announced Sunday April 4 on stage at the show.

  • More candidates have filed for the primary

    Democrat Terry Mills and Republican Leo Johnson will be squaring off Tuesday, Feb. 2, in a special election to decide who will serve as the 24th District state representative during the 2010 General Assembly.

    But there will be at least one more candidate in the mix when the May 18 primary election is held. Bill Pickerill has filed to run in the Republican primary.