Today's News

  • Marion County has a 'good team' in Frankfort

    Teamwork - that was the theme during Marion County Economic Development's First Friday Forum June 4. Marion County's very own "A-team" of sorts - State Rep. Terry Mills, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and lobbyist Karen Thomas-Lentz - were on hand to speak about the state budget that was recently approved, which includes $32 million in projects for Marion County.

    "We came out in really good shape," Thomas-Lentz said. "And I think the reason is... you're sitting in the perfect place right now.

  • 4-H'ers can participate in the county fair

    Marion County youth have several opportunities to showcase their wares at the 2010 Marion County Fair Wednesday, June 23, through Saturday, July 3.

    They can participate in the dairy show at 10 a.m. June 23 at the fairgrounds.

    Entries will be taken in Floral Hall at 9 a.m. Monday, June 28.

    4-H exhibit classes for youth include: horticulture, crops, electric, wood science, honey, forestry, geology, jewelry, ceramics, drawing/painting, photography, sewing, crochet and embroidery.

  • Reader requests rhubarb recipes

    I had a request from a reader for recipes for rhubarb and I'm happy to oblige.

    When I was growing up, my grandma Dillon had a lot of rhubarb in the garden, on the edge by the fence. The plants got so big they would come to the top of the fence.

    The leaves (which you do not eat; they are toxic) got so huge my cousins and I would make hats out of them when we were playing.

    Grandma called it "pie plant" and she cooked a lot of it in cobblers, pies and something she called rhubarb pudding.

    She made rhubarb jam that was absolutely delicious.

  • State police warn of telephone scam

    The following announcement was issued by the Kentucky State Police:

    Citizens throughout the Commonwealth should be on guard for telephone solicitations requesting donations for the benefit of the Kentucky State Police.

    According to Lt. David Jude, commander of the KSP Media Relations Branch, the agency has received numerous reports from individuals throughout the state regarding efforts to raise funds for the families of fallen troopers or to purchase drug dogs for schools.

  • In brief

    Law enforcement looking for impostor

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a man pretending to be a law enforcement officer. Early last week, the Lebanon Police Department received reports of a man pulling people over in the Loretto area.

  • Pet monkeys confiscated, owner fined

    Having two exotic pets proved to be costly for a Marion County woman. In addition to surrendering her pets to a primate rescue organization, she was ordered to pay $393 in court costs, fines, fees, taxes and restitution to a primate rescue organization.   "It just took my heart," Wanda Skaggs said.

    Skaggs, 54, of 2550 St. Matthews Cemetery Road in Finley had two pet marmosets, according to the uniform citation issued by Jeremy McQueary of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Marion County raises $36,500 for Crusade for Children

    Fire departments in Marion County, along with hundreds of fire departments across the state, managed to raise more than $5.3 million for the WHAS Crusade for Children.

    Marion County contributed more than $36,500 to the 57th annual WHAS Crusade for Children, which helps children with special needs. This year's total tops last year's by more than $11,000. It's the most raised since 2005.

    The Gravel Switch Volunteer Fire Department received the "Walton" award for their increase in donations to the Crusade. 

  • Lebanon budget work session scheduled for Monday

    The Lebanon City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. to hold a work session on the 2010-11 budget. The meeting will be a city hall.

  • The fight for her life

    A cavity - her very first cavity in fact - quite possibly saved Lori Jo Milby's life.

    And while some tooth decay is what eventually led to her being diagnosed with cancer, it has been Lori Jo's brush with death that has given her a new appreciation for life, especially all of the little things that make it, as she would say, awesome.

    "You don't ever thank God for cavities, but thank God," Lori Jo said. "If I had never found that cavity in my tooth I may not have been here in a few years."

  • Track team fares well at state

    A school record fell and Marion County High School was three inches away from crowning their first state champion after the KHSAA Class AA state track meet on Thursday.

    Jassmine Franklin was the star for the Lady Knights, breaking her own 100-meter hurdles record after setting it a week earlier.

    Franklin was also the early favorite to win the girl's high jump, coming in as the highest seed.

    "She had a pretty shot," Track Head Coach Robby Peterson said. "She's been fighting that ankle for half a season."