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  • Top talent

    Adria Whitfill said that winning a talent award at the 2016 Kentucky Distinguished Young Women Program was her ultimate goal, and she accomplished that and much more this past weekend at the competition in Lexington.
    After preliminary competitions, Whitfill advanced to the top 12 and competed in the finals where she won an overall talent award.
    Whitfill competed against 32 young women from across the state Jan. 15-16. Lindsey Carroll of Woodford County won the competition Saturday evening.

  • Local charity event to benefit Marion County cancer fighters

    Since March of 2013, when it first accepted applications, Marion County Good Samaritans Foundation has gifted more than $54,000 to 113 Marion County residents undergoing cancer treatment. Every penny of that money came from Marion County residents and went to benefit Marion County residents fighting cancer.

  • Marion County to take Kentucky Beta Convention by storm

    Marion County is going to be well represented at the upcoming Kentucky State Beta Convention Jan. 24-26 in Louisville. Not only will Marion County have the largest club there, but also the state Beta Club president is Marion County High School senior Leah Thompson and the convention is being organized by Marion County High School social studies teacher Jamie Brown, who is serving as the Kentucky state Beta sponsor this year.
    “Beta is a wonderful tradition at our high school,” Brown said. “We have incredible community support. And we have great kids.”

  • New and improved

    Marion County Public Schools have more than $50 million in unmet capital needs, and schools that are busting at the seams, so administrators and school staff are trying their best to use every inch of space they have available at their current facilities.
    Marion County High School recently renovated its library and created a 21st century learning lab, the NextGen Lab, in rooms that were being used for storage.

  • Love unites us

    For some people, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is just another day off from work or school.
    It’s become a routine holiday for so many of us.
    The three-day holiday weekend is a perk many people enjoy, but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has given us so much more than that. Community members were reminded of that fact during a special program organized by the local NAACP chapter Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church in Lebanon.

  • Kentucky’s Barktown Rescue represented in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl IX

    For the second consecutive year, two adorable puppies from Nelson County’s own Barktown Rescue will compete on “Team Ruff” and “Team Fluff” in the ever-popular, nationally-televised Puppy Bowl XII, Sunday, Feb. 7, beginning at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet.
    The nationally-televised Puppy Bowl showcases 84 adoptable animals from 44 shelters and rescues from across the United States and Puerto Rico, in an effort to bring awareness to the abundance of wonderful animals available for adoption each and every day.

  • Alive and grateful

    The fact that seventeen-year-old Austin Tungate only has a few cuts and bruises to show for his recent car wreck is nothing less than miraculous.
    The young man, who has only had his intermediate driver’s license for a month, said he thought he was going to die as he was trapped inside his flipped car, waist deep in frigid creek water, for eight hours on Jan. 10.

  • Winery closes but local wine makers still in business

    WhiteMoon Winery has closed its doors, but co-owners Alex Payne and Bert Polston aren’t leaving the wine making business.
    While they will no longer have a winery for tourists to visit, they will still be making wine, and they have plans to eventually sell their product not only throughout the United States, but also in Cuba and India.
    “We can do so much more with our product and not have to incur the expense of operating a retail presence,” Polston said.

  • Fire destroys home on Lake Avenue in Lebanon

    A Lebanon family lost everything during a house fire Monday morning.
    The fire was reported at 11:44 a.m. at 347 Lake Avenue in Lebanon, according to the Lebanon Police Department.
    The home, which belongs to Jackie Moore and Melissa Chesser Moore, was heavily damaged by the fire, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly. The cause was a faulty chimney on a wood stove located in the kitchen/utility room, he said. The fire started in the roof rafters in that room and spread, destroying the second floor of the home, Mattingly said.

  • Marion County EMS will no longer transport non-patient passengers

    During an emergency, decisions must be made quickly.
    And, in some situations, Marion County EMS employees have allowed a non-patient passenger, usually a family member, to ride in the front of the ambulance while their family member is treated in the back on their way to the hospital.
    That practice is going to stop, according to the Marion County Fiscal Court.