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Today's News

  • Just add ice...

    1.) Ice Storm 2009 Mother Nature's icy wrath causes power and water outages   As the new year approaches, many people across the county and state are crossing their fingers, and toes, (and possibly even extension chords) that history doesn't repeat itself and the ice storm that wreaked havoc on us in 2009 is a thing of the past. But, just in case, keep that generator handy.

    The winter storm that hit Marion County on Monday, Jan. 26, and early Tuesday, Jan.

  • Assistance for heating costs available

    Do you need assistance with your heating costs?

    Beginning Monday, Jan. 4, the local Community Action office will be assisting low-income families with the LIHEAP CRISIS Program.

    To be eligible for crisis funds, you must be in a heating crisis. You must have a past due/disconnect notice from the electric or natural gas company, or be out of bulk fuel within four days if using propane, fuel oil or kerosene, or wood, or a formal eviction notice from your landlord if heating expenses are included in the rent.

  • Special Election set for Feb. 2

    Monday, Dec. 28, Gov. Steve Beshear issued a writ of election to fill the vacant 24th District seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The district includes Casey and Marion counties and a portion of Pulaski County.

    The seat became vacant when Jimmy Higdon resigned from the House after he was elected to fill the vacant 14th District state senate seat.

  • Knights finally fall in Clinton County

    An undefeated run through the regular season ended for the Knights last week in Clinton County during the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic.

    After starting 6-0, the Marion County High School boys basketball team faltered in the final seconds against Rockcastle County. After enduring a three game skid, the Knights were back on track with back-to-back wins in the Mordecai's Holiday Homecoming Classic at the Roby Dome over the weekend.

    Here's a look at the Knights games over the last week.

    Marion County 63, Leslie County 52

  • In Brief

    Bradfordsville family looking for place to stay after fire

    A fire at 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, resulted in smoke and water damage to a house at 205 E. Main Street in Bradfordsville. The Bradfordsville Fire Department responded to the scene.

    Bill Gribbins and his children, ages 16, 14 and 13, were at home at the time. His wife, Gina Gribbins, was at work at Village of Lebanon, where she works as a nurse.

    Gina Gribbins said no one was injured, but repairs to the house will take three to four months.

  • Stocking stuffers: tidbits before Christmas

    With Christmas just days away, the thought of writing a full column on one topic just wasn't going to work. Or maybe it's just the distractions that come with the holidays have rendered me incapable of staying focused on one topic. Either way, instead of a full treatment of anything, I'll offer a few "stocking stuffers" on some items that have caught my attention. - The Jefferson Circuit Court has provided a gift on behalf of open government. Last week, the court issued a decision last week that could have repercussions statewide.

  • Lady Knights off to best start since 2003

    The Marion County High School girls basketball team is off to their best start this decade.

    In the 2003-04 season, the Lady Knights charged out to a 6-0 start and finished the season 15-13 under former Head Coach Freddie Leathers. The current edition of the Lady Knights are currently 7-0, the best start this decade and current Head Coach Trent Milby's best start anywhere he's coached.

  • A gift of faith

    Dec. 3, the Rev. Bill Medley received a life-altering phone call.

    Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, had a request from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI wanted to know if Medley would accept an appointment to become the next Bishop of Owensboro.

    "I've never said no to anything the Church has called me to do, and yes, I humbly accept," Medley said he told Sambi.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    The New York Sun editorial is just as true today as it was in 1897.

    In 1897, Virginia O'Hanlon, who was then 8 years old, wrote a letter to The New York Sun. What follows are the letter and the reply that appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun.

    DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

    Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

    - Virginia O'Hanlan

    115 West Ninety-Fifth Street

  • Hamzat team funding a disaster

    If a tanker truck overturned in Marion County today, spilling hazardous materials all over a roadway, local emergency officials would have to wait an hour for a hazmat team from Louisville or Elizabethtown to arrive on scene.

    That might be a surprise to some people, considering that six years ago the Hazmat Region 5 team was formed to serve Marion, Nelson, Hardin, Washington, Green, Breckinridge, Meade, Grayson, Taylor and LaRue counties.