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Today's News

  • Schools trying to close the gaps

    Closing the achievement gap is an ongoing goal for the Marion County School District, and local schools got a closer look at what gaps exist among their student body recently when test scores were released.

    While the playing field has changed - the CATS (Commonwealth Accountability Testing System) is no longer in existence - Senate Bill 168 requires all schools to analyze test data and identify achievement gaps among subpopulations of students.

  • A little extra baggage in the ambulance

    Sunday afternoon, a few emergency personnel from around Marion County gathered for the start of an internal "Biggest Loser" competition.

    Stephanie Thomas, an EMT, is in charge of the program, and she was clear why she and others wanted to do it. Although they see the results of poor health habits on a daily basis with the people they treat and transport, that hasn't meant they have adopted healthy habits of their own.

  • Fifth and Seventh region showdown

    Though it's still over a month away, the Lady Knights could have an epic match up looming in the first round of the girl's Sweet 16 state tournament on March 10.

    Ranked number one in the state and the favorite to win the Fifth Region, Marion County could face the winner of the stacked Seventh Region if the Lady Knights survive the region tournament in Hart County. The draws for Sweet 16 seeding were held Friday.

  • 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.