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  • InBrief

    Flu level deemed 'widespread' in Kentucky

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health has reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the influenza activity level in Kentucky has increased from regional to widespread. This is the highest level of flu activity, and it indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

  • Roads to close during Ham Days

    There will be several roads closed during the Marion County Country Ham Days festival this weekend. According to Lebanon Police Chief Shelton Young, they are as follows:   • Main Street will be closed from College to Forest   • Depot will be closed from Mulberry to Lincoln

    • ML King Avenue will be closed from Depot to Proctor Knott and again from Spalding to Forest

  • No matter the number ... Ham Days has been decades of fun

    The 2009 Ham Days is being promoted as the 40th anniversary of the festival, but the "first" Ham Days reportedly took place in 1971, according to news stories from that year.   Confused? It isn't the first time.

    The numbering of Ham Days has been in question for years, and the official and unofficial numbers remain something of a mystery.

    Charlie Pearl wrote about the issue in 1994. "How do you count Hammiversaries?" was included in the preview of that year's Ham Days.

  • 'A really good, educational speech'

    Around the country, schools took different approaches to the speech. In Marion County, schools generally left it up to teachers to decide if they wanted to show the speech.

  • Text of the President's address to schoolchildren

    Hello, everybody! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. All right, everybody go ahead and have a seat. How is everybody doing today? (Applause.) How about Tim Spicer? (Applause.) I am here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we've got students tuning in from all across America, from kindergarten through 12th grade. And I am just so glad that all could join us today. And I want to thank Wakefield for being such an outstanding host. Give yourselves a big round of applause.

  • Higdon announces intent to file for Senate seat

    The Kentucky Court of Justice last week posted a notice of vacancy for the judge's seat in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division One. The 11th Judicial Circuit includes Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties. According to the notice, the vacancy was created when Judge Doughlas George resigned from that position Jan. 31. George will continue to fill that seat as a senior judge until a replacement is named. On a related note, State Rep. Jimmy Higdon issued a statement Monday that "there is a good chance that Sen.

  • Head of the pack

    Astounding. That's the word Joanne Lang, executive director of AdvanceKy, used to describe Marion County High School's performance in an effort that was initiated two years ago to boost advanced-placement class participation. In two years, MCHS experienced a 121 percent increase in its passing scores in AP math, science and English. "That is one piece of work. I can tell you," Lang told the Marion County Board of Education last week at its regular monthly meeting.

  • Board approves superintendent's use of vehicle

    The parameters of Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith's use of a board-owned vehicle were spelled out more clearly at the Marion County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting last week.

  • Hazardous weather outlook issued by NWS

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Marion County. The warning remains in effect until 7:45 p.m. this evening. At 4:45 p.m., law enforcement reported that a car was swept off of a bridge on Shortline Pike by flowing water. Up to another inch of rain is possible this evening.  As a precaution, the National Weather Service advises that people should not drive their vehicles into areas where water covers the roadway.

  • Be counted

    The federal government distributes approximately $300 billion annually to local communities for a variety of programs, and census data is an important factor in determining where that money goes.

    That's one reason why Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly is encouraging all local residents to participate in the 2010 Census when the forms arrive in the mail next year.

    "I can't overemphasize the value to communities to have a good physical count of who you have that you need to provide services for," Mattingly said.