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  • 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.

  • St. Catharine interested in Centre Square

    Monday evening representatives of the Centre Square Foundation Board and St. Catharine College spoke with the Lebanon City Council regarding the possibility of bringing artistic and educational programming to the community.

    Roger Marcum, the executive vice president for St. Catharine, said the college is looking to offer more programming in Marion County. And they would like to offer that programming at Centre Square.

  • Spring View Hospital to break ground on $8 million expansion

    Spring View Hospital officials, community leaders, and physicians held a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday, March 10, for an $8 million dollar expansion.

    The expansion will include an 8,000 additional square feet and renovating 5,000 square feet of the existing facility.

    The overall goals of the expansion, according to hospital officials, are to increase patient and physician satisfaction, improve patient privacy, reduce wait times, and streamline patient flow for quicker turnaround.

  • From the Heart

    Heartache led Don Whitehouse to join emergency services.

    A heartfelt desire to help others keeps him involved with the Marion County Rescue Squad.

    Whitehouse joined the rescue squad in 1980 following the death of his son, Stephen Lee Whitehouse, from leukemia. Stephen was 6 years old.

    "I thought it would make it easier, to go out and help people," Whitehouse said.

  • Mercy defeats Lady Knights in first round of Sweet 16

    The Marion County Lady Knights started slow against the Mercy Jaguars in the first round of the 2010 girls Sweet 16. In the end, the Jaguars sent Marion County home early from the state tournament.

    Mercy defeated the Lady Knights, 67-51.

    Mercy led Marion County by 10 points at the end of the first quarter, 22-12, but the Lady Knights cut the lead to three by halftime. Coming out of the locker room, Mercy heated up to take a 55-44 lead after three quarters. The Jaguars added to their lead in the fourth quarter.

    Marion County finishes the season 33-2.

  • Pickerill withdraws from primary

    Bill Pickerill has announced that he is withdrawing as a candidate for 24th District state representative in the Republican primary, according to a letter recently submitted to The Lebanon Enterprise and The Casey County News.

    According to the Secretary of State's website, Pickerill was not listed as officially withdrawn as of press time, but Pickerill said he would be contacting the Secretary of State's office that day.

  • 2010 St. Baldrick's event set for March 20

    For the fourth time in as many years, Marion Countians will be offering up their heads in hopes of finding a cure for cancer.

    The 2010 St. Baldrick's will be held from 1-3 p.m. March 20 at the St. Augustine Catholic School gymnasium. The event is a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises money toward children's cancer research.

    "We believe if you can find a cure for kids, you can find a cure for all," said Eric Daugherty, the event organizer for Citizen's National Bank.