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Today's News

  • Healing

    The aging, lichen covered cherry tree defined my Kentucky property. It formed a boundary between lawn and hay field. It provided a shady sanctuary on hot summer days. It was a haven for birds, bees and butterflies. And since the day it fell, during the ice storm of January 2009, the huge old tree has defined my days.

    I have never experienced an event as devastating as "The Ice Storm". Neither the cherry tree nor I went down easily.

  • Keep these dips warm in the crock pot

    Here are a couple of hot and hearty dips, great for a party or watching the game on TV. They can be made up ahead of time, then kept warm in a crock pot or chafing dish.

    The Pizza Dip is an old recipe.

    I remember my mom serving it with breadsticks back in the early 60s.

    The Reuben Dip is terrific on rye crackers or toasted party rye bread.

    Enjoy!

    Pizza Dip

    1 lb. lean ground beef

    1 medium onion, chopped

    3 c. tomato sauce, pizza sauce or meatless spaghetti sauce

    1 T. cornstarch

    1 1/2 t. fennel seeds

  • Lady Knights dismantle Bardstown

    Marion County improved to 21-1 this week and remain the top ranked team in the state after thrashing Daziah Kimberland and the Bardstown Tigers.

    The Lady Knights jumped out on Barstown early, going up 26-5 by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter brought even more of the same defensively as they held Bardstown to only three second quarter points. They led 47-8 at the half behind a furious press.

  • Is a lobbyist in city's, county's future?

    When Tom Lund visited the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Jan. 21 meeting, he had one request - that the county consider hiring a lobbyist in Frankfort.

    Specifically, Lund was asking if the county would split with the City of Lebanon the cost of hiring Karen Thomas-Lentz to advocate on their behalf at a cost of $20,000 a year. Lund is the executive director of the Marion County Economic Development Office and manages the Marion County Industrial Foundation.

  • 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.