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Today's News

  • Every citizen counts in Kentucky

    Do you know how many people in Kentucky are age 65 or older?

    In the year 2000, that number was 504,793.

    How about the number of Kentucky homes that heat with electricity?

    38.8 percent.

    Kentucky's household size? 2.47 people.

    Median age? 35.9

    And the percent of families with children 5 or under who live under the poverty level?

    21.6 percent.

    How do I know all this?

    The 2000 U.S. Census.

    Call up the Census Web site and you are quickly overwhelmed with an avalanche of data of all kinds, shapes and sizes.

  • Former extension agent enters Alford plea in animal cruelty case

    A former Marion County agriculture extension agent indicted for animal cruelty has entered an Alford plea.

    Ed Lanham Jr., 47, of 1035 Logan Hill Road in Gravel Switch received 12 months of probation in exchange for his March 22 Alford plea.

  • Education briefs: May 28 is the last day for students

    The last day of school for students is scheduled to be Friday, May 28, and the closing day for teachers and staff will be Monday June 1, according to the Marion County Board of Education's recent amendments, which were made to the school calendar last week.

    The board approved two days for Spring Break - April 8-9 - and decided to use May 18 (Election Day) as a day off for students but a working day for faculty and staff.

  • Zoo fined for train wreck

    The Louisville Zoo has been fined $37,000 as a result of a train turning over June 1, 2009. State inspectors concluded that excessive speed, the train's poor mechanical condition and inadequate training for the operator were factors in the train tipping on its side.

    The zoo was cited for six violations by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Office of Consumer and Environmental Protection, Division of Regulation and Inspection, Amusement Rides Branch.

  • Knights nab one of three

    After a week of regular season play in the books, Marion County stands with a win and two losses. The Knights saw moments of mastery as well as fleeting follies during their first three games.

    One bright spot for the young Knights is sophomore Eric Farmer, who cranked two home runs in the first two games of the season. He finished the week going four for six at the plate and accounting for eight runs.

  • St. Catharine College announces $150 million expansion

    The future is looking bright at St. Catharine College, and in many ways, the future is now.

    SCC President William D. Huston unveiled the college's new Vision 2025 plan Wednesday. That plan includes several campus over the next 15 years at an estimated cost of $150 million.

  • Lady Knights return with experience

    The Marion County High School girl's tennis team lost no one to graduation after last season and bring back several conference champions.

    Senior Kameron Simmons, last year's Heartland Athletic Conference (HAC) tournament singles champion, leads the Lady Knights in singles competition.

    "Kameron Simmons returns as our number one singles. She is hoping to have a strong season again this year and defend her Heartland Conference singles champion title," girl's tennis Head Coach Angela Holt said.

  • County offices make changes for Easter weekend

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly has reported a change in the garbage collection schedule for Friday, April 2. Due to the Easter weekend, the road department will run a short scheduled on Friday. As a result garbage collection may run earlier than usual.

    County residents are asked to put their garbage out a little earlier than usual for pick up this Friday.

    Saturday, April 3, the David R. Hourigan Government Center, the PVA's Office, the County Judge's Office and the County Clerk's Office will be closed.

  • Police looking for missing 14-year-old

    The Lebanon Police have issued a missing person's report for Fernanda Ponce, 14.

    Ponce was last seen March 26. She is a Hispanic female. No picture is available at this time.

    The police have also issued a kidnapping report in connection with this case.

    Anyone with information about Ponce's location should call the Lebanon Police at 692-2121 or the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

  • Police searching for inmate that escaped while doing community service

    Lebanon Police are looking for James Shell, 45, an inmate who was being housed at the Marion County Detention Center.

    Shell was performing community service at the Marion County Animal Shelter when he walked away around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 17.

    Shell is a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 260 pounds. The photo provided shows Shell with a beard. However, he is currently clean-shaven, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    Shell had been serving a five years sentence for flagrant non-support. He was convicted June 17, 2008.