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Today's News

  • Road to success?

    When the Lebanon bypass opened in July of 2008, it was expected to put Marion County in the fast lane toward progress.

    The new road was intended to give commuters better access to the county and alleviate traffic congestion in downtown. It was also expected that new stores and businesses would locate along the bypass.

  • JV and freshman finish up

    The Marion County boy's junior varsity and freshman basketball teams recently finished out there seasons.

    The junior varsity finished with an 11-11 record while the freshman ended up with a 7-6 record.

    Marion County 56, LaRue County 49

    The junior varsity Knights closed out the season with a win at LaRue County on Friday night. Josh Brockman led the way with 18 points and Jared Vaughn chipped in 14 as the Knights used a big fourth quarter to maintain control.

    Marion 20 13 13 10 - 56

    LaRue 10 9 15 15 - 49

  • Eight seconds at the Sweet 16

    Eight seconds.

    In the bull riding arena, that brief amount of time is considered the most dangerous in sports.

    But, in the basketball arena, it carries with it different meaning for me. It's the amount of time this self-professed benchwarmer played at the Sweet Sixteen in 1995 when the Lady Knights lost in the quarterfinals to Pulaski County.

  • Tornado warning test planned for Tuesday

    Tuesday, March 2, the National Weather Service will be conducting a statewide tornado drill at 10:07 a.m.

    This is a test, but the test will be conducted using the live code "TOR", the same code used during an actual tornado warning. The National Weather Service will specify that Tuesday morning's drill is only a test, but TV crawls will display a "Tornado Warning" message.

    Using the live code is necessary because that is the only way the weather alerting equipment will function properly.

  • One fatality reported in plane crash near airport

    Kentucky State Police and Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating a single-engine plane crash near Ky. 55 and the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    The police have confirmed that one person died in the crash. The lone occupant has been identified as 40-year-old Kent Douglas Shilling of Springfield. The cause of death will be determined at an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday morning at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville.   

    The time of the crash has not been determined.

  • The calories are already counted

    Back in the old days, going on a diet meant counting calories.

    Forget fat grams or low-carb, the only way we knew to lose weight was to set a calorie limit and exercise.

    My mom was always on one diet or another, even though she never weighed more than 120 pounds in her whole life, except when she was pregnant with me.

    I remember a grapefruit diet and a cottage cheese diet and she also used to buy those little cans of Metracal diet food. Yuk!

  • MCHS Academic Team successfully defends 5th Region title

    The Marion County High School Academic Team competed in the KAAC Governor's Cup Academic Competition hosted at Marion County High School on Feb. 18-20 and came away with their second regional title in as many years. Led by seniors Grant Avritt, Patrick Cox, Kurt Dulmage, Joseph Lucas, and Hannah O'Daniel, the Knights outdistanced 15 other Fifth Region schools by winning four of the six written assessment events and capturing first place in the eight-team Quick Recall tournament. Patrick Cox took top honors in mathematics and arts/humanities.

  • Midway through session, budget work continues

    We are now halfway through the 2010 General Assembly Session and while the House of Representatives continues to labor, as constitutionally required, on a budget proposal, the Senate's work, while on a smaller scale, is no less important. Both House and Senate Appropriations and Revenue chairmen are in close consultation so that when the House budget proposal is finalized and moves to the Senate, we can hit the ground running.

  • AG's office call for changes on topix.com

    Topix.com provides a message board that allows anyone to post comments on local and national issues. But that same message board has also been the source of controversy because some users post defamatory and derogatory comments about others in those forums.

    Now, the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the Connecticut Attorney General's Office are pushing for topix.com to make changes.

  • First load of donations delivered to Haiti

    A total of 110,000 pounds of peanut butter, rice, beans, canned goods, T-shirts, sheets and shoes were collected locally for the people of Haiti. Thursday, the first shipment of those donations was delivered to the poverty-stricken country that suffered a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12.

    According to Brother Bud Owen, who has been leading the local relief effort, the next load of local donations will be sent to Haiti in approximately 28 days. Bro. Bud's parents, Larry and Diane Owen, have a mission called Waves of Mercy based in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Bro.