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  • Another piece of the puzzle

    Offering statistics about autism is easy. Autism affects one out of every 88 children born in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The condition is more common among boys, affecting 1 in 54 males born in the U.S.

    Understanding the day-to-day reality is harder to explain, although parents like Lisa Nally-Martin are hoping to raise awareness about the condition.

  • Gravel Switch woman appointed to gifted and talented council

    Gov. Steve Beshear recently appointed four people to the Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education, and one of the appointees is from Marion County.

    Jan Lanham of Gravel Switch, the principal at Cox's Creek Elementary School, was appointed as the parent representative on the council. Her term is scheduled to expire Dec. 15, 2014.

  • 11 MCHS students chosen for GSP

    Eleven Marion County High School students have been chosen to participate in the Governor's Scholars Program this summer. They are Madison Avritt, Morgan Avritt, Jacob Burdette, Brad Gootee, Abigail Hagan, Abby Hamilton, Mary Helen Hamilton, Haberlin Roberts, Charles Shofner, Lauren Thim and Hannah Wilson.

  • Pope's Creek Ranch not open to public just yet

    Pope's Creek Ranch, the farm on Pope's Creek Road better known as Dr. James Bland's Golden Acres Farm, more recently named Pope's Creek Ranch, is private property and is currently closed to the public. In the near future, it will be open on a fee and permission-only basis for use by the public. Anyone with questions can contact David Neville at (502) 330-3027.

  • Woman arrested a second time for spray-painting court

    Deanna Rupa was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal mischief that was spray-painted on a city-owned basketball court Feb. 8 on Cleaver Court in Lebanon.

    On March 31, Rupa, 43, of 213 N. Proctor Knott Avenue was arrested a second time for third-degree criminal mischief. The second arrest was in connection with a second incident of vandalism at the Cleaver Court basketball court on March 6.

  • 2012 Kentucky Writers Day celebration April 20-22

    The 2012 Kentucky Writers Day celebration will take place April 20-22 at Historic Penn's Store in Gravel Switch, along with several host locations.

    Since 1997, the weekend event has celebrated the written word, Kentucky writers, and the state of Kentucky's official Writers Day.

    Poets, authors, writers, journalists, playwrights and songwriters of varying genres will perform throughout the three-day, four-venue, weekend event, which is free to the public.

  • Enjoying the great outdoors

    Enjoy the great outdoors - that was the overall message during Friday's grand opening of the newly renovated Cecil L. Gorley Naturalist Trail in Lebanon. Elaine Wilson, executive director of the Kentucky Office for Adventure Tourism, was in attendance and gave a message from Gov. Steve Beshear who was unable to attend.

  • Limestone Branch Distillery fills first barrel

    Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon celebrated its grand opening Saturday, April 14. The distillery, owned by brothers Steve and Paul Beam, filled its first bourbon barrel. The Beam brothers allowed everyone in attendance to sign the barrel, which was made by Kentucky Cooperage. Those people will also get first dibs on the bourbon once it's aged.

  • Sisters of Loretto turning 200

    In 1812, Mary Rhodes, Christina Stuart and Ann Havern took their vows at St. Charles Catholic Church in St. Mary becoming the founding members of the Sisters of Loretto under the guidance of Fr. Charles Nerinckx.

    Two hundred years later, the order has had 3,133 members who have reached across the globe. Today, the order's 215 sisters and 214 co-members are active in 31 states and 11 countries.


    "Popping the question" is a tradition usually reserved for adults, but within the past few years, high schoolers have been making proposals of their own... Promposals.

    What used to be a simple question has grown into an elaborate undertaking.

    Just ask Marion County High School senior Jeffrey Ray. He took the task of asking his girlfriend to prom to new heights, literally.