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Today's News

  • Hoofin' it for hospice

    Saturday, April 24, is circled in big red ink on my calendar at work.

    Why? Because it's the day I'm scheduled to run my first mini-marathon - the Kentucky Derby mini-marathon - in Louisville.

  • Lady Knights prepare for Fifth Region showdown

    Who's got the inside track to win the Fifth Region tournament in March? Right now, many might say Marion County. After Thursday night, fans will have a much better idea.

    Meeting for the second time this season, Marion County (21-1) and Elizabethtown (17-3) square off at Elizabethtown High School on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

    The Lady Knights claimed a 54-39 win in the first meeting but the win didn't come without a struggle. The Lady Panthers want to prove they're still the team to beat in the Fifth Region and look to utilize their home court.

  • Marks to step down

    Long time assistant coach and cornerstone of the county hoops scene Danny Marks will step down from his position on the Marion County High School boy's basketball team after this season.

    Marks indicated in the preseason, as he has in recent seasons, that this would be his last stint on the Knights sideline. This time, however, he's making the leap.

    Marks' son, Eric, indicated last week via email that the coach filed retirement papers and is in fact planning to retire.

  • Knights hope to end slump

    It's a big week for the Marion County High School boy's basketball team. For starters, they're trying to tie three teams in their district for second place by beating Taylor County (11-9). They're also trying to get their first win since Dec. 28, 2009. That win, by the way, was against Taylor County.

    Friday night the Knights travel to Taylor County High School for their final regular season district game. If they win, they are tied for second place in the district with Taylor County and Adair County. If they lose, they face Campbellsville in the first round.

  • Luckett named interim police chief

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw has appointed Sgt. Mike Luckett as the interim Lebanon Police Chief. Luckett took over as acting chief Feb. 1.

    Crenshaw noted in a memorandum to the Lebanon Police Department that Luckett is not a candidate to fill the position permanently.

    "This selection will help ensure that those applications from within the department are considered in an equitable manner," Crenshaw wrote.

    In a phone interview, Crenshaw said Luckett is a competent and responsible person.

  • Rachel's Challenge speaker coming to Marion County

    Craig Scott was a student at Columbine High School April 20, 1999, when the infamous shooting spree took place. His sister, Rachel, was the first person killed that fateful day.

    Monday, Feb. 8, Craig Scott will be visiting Marion County. He is scheduled to speak with middle school students at 9 a.m. and with high school students at 1 p.m. He will meet with Friends of Rachel (a teen leadership group) at 3:30 that afternoon, and he will give a community presentation at 7 p.m. at Marion County High School.

  • Lebanon man arrested for child pornography possession

    Sherman Pike, 45, of Lebanon was arrested Feb. 1 on charges of possessing child pornography.

    Attorney General Jack Conway and the Department of Criminal Investigations announced the arrest Feb. 2.

    The Cybercrimes Unit of the Attorney General's Office made the arrest with the assistance of the Lebanon Police and the Marion County Sheriff's Department. A search warrant was executed on Pike's home Monday, Feb. 1.

  • Coffee, muffins and legislation

    The weather may have slowed things down, but it wasn't enough to stop Marion County Farm Bureau from hosting its annual legislative breakfast Saturday morning.

    "We're not going to let a little snow keep us from talking about the issues," said Joe Paul Mattingly, Marion County Farm Bureau president.

    Recently-elected State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and the two men running for his old state representative's seat in yesterday's special election, Leo Johnson and Terry Mills, also attended the breakfast.

  • JV and freshman Knights knock off Nelson

    The Marion County High School boy's junior varsity basketball team knocked off Nelson County while the freshman squad fell to the Cardinals on Friday night at the Roby Dome. Here are the results from those games.

    Marion County 55, Nelson County 49 (Double overtime)

    A three pointer by Josh Brockman as time expired in regulation sent the game into the first of two overtimes for the Knights. Brockman led the Knights with 16 while also forcing a crucial turnover in the second overtime. Carlos Litsey scored 15 points for the Knights.

    Nelson 7 17 11 7 5 2 - 49

  • Thousands of pounds of food collected for Haiti relief effort

    Hours after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, Brother Bud Owen of Lebanon Christian Church began organizing a collection drive to help the Haitians. Bro. Bud's parents, Larry and Diane Owen, have a mission called Waves of Mercy based in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Initially, Bro. Bud's goal was to fill a semi-truck trailer with jars of peanut butter. But he and the people of Marion County, along with surrounding communities and even neighboring states, have managed to surpass that goal and do so much more.