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  • Parent power

    Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith is inviting you to dinner.

    Actually, he's inviting specific groups of parents to join him in enjoying a bowl of chili and discussing how Marion County schools can better meet the needs of their children.

    "The power is involved parents," Smith told the board of education at its regular monthly meeting last week. "My whole initiative is parents recruiting parents."

  • Going with the grain

    It's been said that when one door closes another one opens.

    So, maybe it's fitting that the closing of a local cabinet making business led to an opportunity for students at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    For the past two weeks, those students have been working with state-of-the-art tools as a result of a collaboration between the tech center and Maewood.

  • Three airlifted after vehicle collision

    A two-vehicle collision on Saturday evening at the intersection of Danville Highway and Garrett Lane sent four people to the hospital, three of which were airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital.

    According to the Marion County Sheriff's Department, at 5:49 p.m., Cody Peterson, 19, of Loretto was driving east on U.S. 68 when he veered to the right in an attempt to avoid a vehicle stopped making a left-hand turn. Once Peterson was around the vehicle he lost control, crossed the centerline and was struck by Wilby Newton, 61, of Gravel Switch.

  • Treating 'em right

    They don't have a website. They don't buy a lot of advertising, but they do have something else going for them.

    Instead, J & L Alignment and Tires tries to provide good service at fair prices for their customers.

    "Your best advertising is to take care of your people, treat 'em fair and treat 'em right on prices," said James Hamilton, the J in J & L.

  • Veterans Day ceremony is Sunday

    A celebration to honor Veterans Day will be held at the Lebanon National Cemetery Sunday at 2 p.m.

    The event will feature the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard, the Marion County High School ROTC and the Marion County High School band.

  • Marching Knights reach state semifinals

    The Marion County Marching Knights have advanced to the state semifinals in Class AAAA.

    The band finished third out of 12 bands in the AAAA West regional competition held Oct. 31 at Bowling Green High School. The band scored an 81.44, earning them a distinguished rating.

    The Marching Knights will move on to the KMEA 2009 State Marching Band Competition semi-finals at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 7, at South Oldham High School. The Marching Knights drew the No. 10 spot for Saturday's competition.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Sterk Avenue shooting victim in fair condition

    A shooting on Saturday morning, Nov. 7, has left a Lebanon man in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen while the shooter is in jail being charged first-degree assault.

  • Marion County hosts state's largest fire school

    More than 200 students and instructors participated in the third annual Marion County Fire School this past weekend, which is the largest county fire school in the state. It's also the only fire school that is free of charge for students. During the weekend, students got hands-on experience in fighting fires and responding to emergency situations. The training programs included a live burn of a house on Danville Highway.

  • Band competition has been moved

    The AAAA West regional marching band competition has been moved. This is the regional in which Marion County High School's band is scheduled to compete Saturday, Oct. 31.

    The competition was originally scheduled to be held at Warren East High School. However, due to the field conditions at Warren East, the AAAA West regional has been moved to the paved practice field at Bowling Green High School.

    Anyone planning to travel for the competition should be aware that seating for spectators will be extremely limited. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seats.

  • For the Veatches, farming and family go hand-in-hand

    Josh Veatch has been walking beside his father on the family farm for almost as long as he's been able.

    "My first step was in a tobacco patch," said Josh, 25, "and that's where I've been ever since."

    Today, he and his father run the farm together on land that's been in their family going back to his great-grandparents.

    "I'll be the fourth generation," Josh said.

    His wife, Jessica, 29, spent 21 years of her life on a farm, where she has memories of setting tobacco and stripping leaves.