Today's News

  • Judge betting on county being counted

    In 2000, only 62 percent of Marion County residents returned their Census forms via the mail.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly is counting on local residents doing better this time.

    In fact, he's betting on it.

    Last week, Mattingly made a bet with Washington County Judge/Executive John Settles that Marion County will have a higher return rate than Washington County. The losing county judge will purchase dinner for the other county's Complete Count Committee.

  • Tech school scores high on state assessment

    The Marion County Area Technology Center scored an almost perfect score during its most recent school assessment, according to information presented to school board members during their meeting last week.

    The tech center and each of its programs are assessed every two years by a state-appointed team. On a 4-point scale, the tech center received a score of 3.73, and its machine tool program scored a perfect 4, Principal Laura Arnold reported to board members.

  • House approves raising dropout age to 18

    When it comes to education, few days in recent years could rival last Thursday, when the state learned in the morning that it is a "Race to the Top" finalist and the Kentucky House voted overwhelmingly that afternoon to begin raising the high school drop-out age from 16 to 18.

  • Teacher recognized for service, skill

    For 43 years, Sheila Mattingly has been a teacher and, like many educational professionals, has been rewarded throughout her career by those little, subtle moments when a student's eyes brighten as a light clicks on inside. However, at a ceremony last week, she received a more tangible form of recognition, this one from her peers.

    Mattingly, a St. Joseph Elementary School teacher in Bardstown, was presented with the Fr.

  • Senator concerned about proposed tax changes

    Even before the House of Representatives passed its $17.5 billion budget proposal, the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee had our first meeting to discuss some of the tax measures that affect business. I am very concerned that these measures will hinder job creation. In the committee, I heard testimony from 10 business representatives who discussed how taxing businesses, including farms, which are already struggling would have a negative impact on employment.

  • House approves its version of budget

    After nearly two months of work, and in the face of a $1.2 billion deficit, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted this past week for a two-year budget that streamlines state government while investing in the Commonwealth.

    Legislators have known for months that the budget would be difficult to write, given the nation's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

  • Overwhelmed

    The state's hottest team was doused early and often in the first round of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association girls' state tournament Wednesday.

    Marion County, ranked No. 1 nearly all season and the tournament favorite heading into state, was pressured into uncharacteristic mistakes as Mercy Academy rolled 67-51 in their first game en route to a state championship.

    At times the Lady Knights looked overwhelmed on the big stage.

  • Let's hear it for the girls

    Wednesday of last week, the Marion County High School girls' basketball team made its first appearance in the Sweet 16 since 1995.

    Let that sink in for a moment.

    This year's Lady Knights did something that has only been done a handful of times in the history of MCHS.

    They won regional and district championships, and they finished the season 33-2, an outstanding mark, by any standard.

  • Enjoy homemade cookies at a moment's notice

    I like to keep cookie dough in the refrigerator (or freezer) so I can have warm cookies at the spur of the moment. You can keep almost any cookie dough in the refrigerator for several days, but if you freeze your cookies in whatever size you want before they're baked, you can just whip them out whenever you need them. You don't have to thaw the dough before you bake the cookies, just add a couple minutes to the baking time.

    I was wanting something a little different the other night and came up with these delicious Almond Toffee Cookies. They're terrific! See what you think.

  • St. Baldrick's is Saturday

    The fourth annual St. Baldrick's event will be held this Saturday, March 20, at St. Augustine Grade School.

    The event will last from 1 to 3 p.m. The head-shaving fund-raiser will benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises money toward children's cancer research.

    To date, 48 participants have signed up to have their heads shaved or to shave heads.

    To learn more about the local event, contact Eric Daugherty at (270) 602-2113 or visit the event web page, www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/eventid/340/eventyear/2010.