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Today's News

  • Baseball team faces busy week

    The Marion County baseball team takes on a tough schedule this week, facing a tough 12th Region foe and participating in their first wooden bat tournament.

    On Thursday, the Knights travel to Boyle County to face the Rebels.

    "They're always pretty solid. They're one of the better teams in the state," baseball Head Coach Chad Spalding said. "They always play a pretty tough schedule."

  • New chief takes the reins

    The City of Lebanon has a new chief of police.

    Joseph Bell was sworn in as the chief Saturday afternoon following a special-called meeting of the Lebanon City Council. Wally Brady was sworn in as the new assistant chief.

    Bell is the first African-American to serve as Lebanon's chief of police.

    After taking the oath of office, Bell said he has been working toward becoming a chief for 20 years. He added that fairness would be his main focus as the new leader of the department.

  • Coalition to present drug testing proposal to school board Tuesday, April 6

    The Marion County Safe Community Coalition is scheduled to present a proposal at the school board meeting Tuesday evening, April 6, to begin a drug-testing program at Marion County High School.

    The coalition is proposing that the high school randomly drug test 260 students during the 2010-11 school year. Students and their parents will be required to sign a statement that they volunteer to be a part of the program for the upcoming year.

  • Maroon - White scrimmage set for Thursday

    Marion County football Head Coach Jeff Robbins and his staff entered spring practice with a lot of questions. Practice is officially over after Thursday's Maroon - White scrimmage, but a lot of those questions will remain unanswered.

    "Right now we're just trying to see where everybody is," Robbins said. "Some guys have stepped up. Some guys need to step up, because they're not there yet. All and all it's been a very productive spring practice."

  • Closing doors

    In a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice William Brennan wrote this country has "a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials."

     

    Kentucky legislators failed to honor that principle when they voted to allow elected school board members to evaluate the performance of school superintendents in secret.

     

  • Students, parents concerned about JROTC's future

    Elizabeth Matusz, a cadet in the Marion County High School JROTC program, stood before the high school's site-based council March 24. While occasionally fighting tears, she urged the council to allow the program to continue.

    "Give us one more year to get our numbers back up and to get our program back to what it can be," she said.

    A room filled with students, parents, former JROTC members and instructors were also there to show their support for the program.

  • ML King Avenue will be closed for construction Tuesday

    Tuesday morning, April 6, a portion of Martin Luther King Avenue will be closed for sewer construction/connection to the new Marion County Judicial Center, according to an announcement from Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly. ML King Avenue wlll be closed between Spalding Avenue and Harrison Street.

    The public will be able to access the David R. Hourigan Building from J.T. Whitlock Drive. Businesses on ML King Avenue will be accessible by entering from Harrison Street.

  • FORE-thought

    When Mike Gootee started building a golf course in Marion County, he recalled a friend asking him if he knew what he was doing. Gootee thought that he did, although he admits that he questioned himself about halfway through construction.

    "But it worked out," he said.

    Today, the Rosewood Golf Club has 100 members, attracts thousands of visitors and enjoys considerable support from its home community. A subdivision has developed around the course and a cluster of cabins can provide overnight lodging for up to 44 people per night.

  • Lady Knights start strong

    The Marion County High School softball team started the season off strong after winning two out of three games in their first week.

    The Lady Knights thumped Lincoln County 12-1 on Friday at Lincoln.

    "We hit the ball pretty good that day. Our defense played really good," Heach Coach Trent Milby said. "Allye Hamilton pitched really well against Lincoln County. That's probably her best-pitched game other than Nelson. We made the plays against Lincoln."

  • Angell-Demmel receives $1 million economic development grant

    Gov. Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder joined community and company officials in Marion County to announce a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the city of Lebanon Wednesday morning. The grant will benefit Angell-Demmel North America Corp., a Tier 1 manufacturer of decorative trim products for the automotive industry, bringing more than 50 new jobs and an investment in excess of $4.8 million to the Commonwealth.