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Today's News

  • Acclimate plants as they move outdoors

    I am particularly anxious to move some of my houseplants outdoors this spring. The gardenia that I have had for over 12 years looks terrible! It needs the restorative environment of the great outdoors: more light, warmth, higher relative humidity and rainwater. I am not sure whether the cold house during the January ice storm/no electricity episode has had an impact on it or if it was just coincidence that it began to die back shortly thereafter. In any case, it needs to be pruned up and sent outside to recover.

  • Updating our courts

    Friday, local and state officials gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of what will become the Marion County Judicial Center.

    The new center will house the circuit and district courtrooms and the circuit clerk's office. The old courthouse, which was built 74 years ago, has served the county well, but a new judicial center is a necessary expense.

  • Lady's lose Reynolds

    The end of a tough week for the Marion County High School softball team was only made worse by the loss of Ann Morgan Reynolds.

    "We lost 14-4 but more than that we lost a steady defensive player and one of the better hitters during the game," Lady Knights Head Coach Trent Milby said. "Ann Morgan Reynolds will be out the rest of the season with a broken ankle. It really hurts us as a team as she was very vital both offensively and more importantly defensively. We have to regroup and continue to improve."

  • 'Sister Rose' leaving St. A

    Sr. Rose Riley knew a long time ago that she wanted to become a nun. Even then, she knew if she became a nun, it would mean a career in education.

    She actually had two reasons she wanted to achieve this career goal.

    "I wanted it so I could have a long dress with huge pockets and so I could write on the blackboard," Riley said.

    For the record, she was 8 years old when she came up with these reasons.

    And the "long dress" was a nun's habit, by the way.

  • Boys tennis picks up two wins

    The Marion County High School boys tennis team mixed up their strategy on their way to picking up two wins over John Hardin and Central Hardin in region play last week.

    "We did a mix up with players this week. Austin Spalding was paired with Trey Hamilton for doubles play and Alex Mayo was moved to number three singles," Head Coach Beverly Thomas said. "As a team, our goal for the season was to have members of our team moving on to state tournament play. We are in a very strong region and competition is strong in both singles and doubles."

  • Crenshaw still recovering after blood clot

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw was still recovering in Norton's Hospital in Louisville as of press time after suffering a pulmonary embolism recently.

    The pulmonary embolism, which is a sudden blockage in a lung artery, was more than likely a result of knee surgery Crenshaw had recently.

  • County looking into horse situation

    Marion County Sheriff Carroll Kirkland reported to the fiscal court April 16 that he had received repeated calls about possible horse neglect on Sulpher Lick Road.

    According to Kirkland, he had received repeated reports about horses being kept at 1585 Sulpher Lick Road.

    He added that he had not been authorized to remove the horses, and he could not without court authority. 

  • Next superintendent's college coaching ended with controversy

    Donald Smith is set to make history as the next superintendent of Marion County Public Schools.

    He will be the first African-American male to become a superintendent in the history of the state of Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.

    But in addition to his academic background, Smith also served as the head football coach at Kentucky State University for three seasons, 2001-03.

  • Cecil wins Bike and Hike 5K

    Joe Pat Cecil was the overall winner and in the 2009 Family Bike and Hike on Saturday morning at Graham Memorial Park. Cecil finished at 21:35, over a minute faster than the second place runner.     

    Leslie Franken was the first female to cross the finish line with a time of 26:00. She came in eighth place overall.

    Logan Vaughn, 11, was the first youth male youth participant to come in. Vaughn ran a scorching time of 24:45. He finished sixth overall in a race with 98 participants.

  • Civil War officer to be honored Sunday at the national cemetery

     At 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Major William H. Fiddler will be honored at the Lebanon National Cemetery.

    Fiddler was a field and staff officer for the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Calvary, and his body was never found after the SS Sultana, a paddlewheel steamboat exploded April 27, 1865. More than 2,200 Union soldier were on the steamboat that day.

    The program for the stone dedication will open with a musical selection by John Kalbfleisch, the senior vice commander of the E.P. Marrs Camp #5 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.