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Today's News

  • MCHS band in dire situation, but so are academics, principal says

    In April, during a discussion about Section 7 requests, board members agreed to possibly give the Marion County High School band $10,000. The board didn't make an official decision on that funding, however.

    According to Marion County High School Principal Taylora Schlosser, the board asked the MCHS site-based decision-making council to make the recommendation for the band to receive those funds. However, the council was uncomfortable doing so, and voiced their concerns during last week's board meeting.

  • Lebanon City Council meeting Tuesday

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in a special-called meeting Tuesday, June 22.

    The meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, is also scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. These are are the items on the agenda for that meeting:

    - The second reading of an ordinance amending the 2009-10 budget.

    - The second reading of the 2010-11 fiscal year budget.

  • Funeral for Loretto fire chief is Thursday

    Loretto Fire Chief Mark Mattingly was found dead in his home Monday morning after he did not report to work at Maker's Mark.

    He was 42 years old.

    The cause of death has not yet been released.

    "Mark was an extremely hard worker," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said. "He was dedicated to fire and rescue services for this county."

    Chief Mattingly also worked as an EMT in Marion and Nelson counties.

    Chuck Helm, the Raywick fire chief, said Chief Mattingly was one the best chiefs and best firefighters around.

  • Calling for help

    They say the best time to fix a leaky roof is when the sun is shining.

    Something similar could be said for building a cellular tower where there is no service.

    Bradfordsville area residents have known for a long time that cellular service has been virtually non-existent in the southeastern part of Marion County. This is an issue that affects those residents, obviously, but it also affects anyone who crosses through that part of the county, whether to visit friends and family or even if they are just passing through to get somewhere else.

  • Marion County has a 'good team' in Frankfort

    Teamwork - that was the theme during Marion County Economic Development's First Friday Forum June 4. Marion County's very own "A-team" of sorts - State Rep. Terry Mills, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and lobbyist Karen Thomas-Lentz - were on hand to speak about the state budget that was recently approved, which includes $32 million in projects for Marion County.

    "We came out in really good shape," Thomas-Lentz said. "And I think the reason is... you're sitting in the perfect place right now.

  • 4-H'ers can participate in the county fair

    Marion County youth have several opportunities to showcase their wares at the 2010 Marion County Fair Wednesday, June 23, through Saturday, July 3.

    They can participate in the dairy show at 10 a.m. June 23 at the fairgrounds.

    Entries will be taken in Floral Hall at 9 a.m. Monday, June 28.

    4-H exhibit classes for youth include: horticulture, crops, electric, wood science, honey, forestry, geology, jewelry, ceramics, drawing/painting, photography, sewing, crochet and embroidery.

  • Reader requests rhubarb recipes

    I had a request from a reader for recipes for rhubarb and I'm happy to oblige.

    When I was growing up, my grandma Dillon had a lot of rhubarb in the garden, on the edge by the fence. The plants got so big they would come to the top of the fence.

    The leaves (which you do not eat; they are toxic) got so huge my cousins and I would make hats out of them when we were playing.

    Grandma called it "pie plant" and she cooked a lot of it in cobblers, pies and something she called rhubarb pudding.

    She made rhubarb jam that was absolutely delicious.

  • State police warn of telephone scam

    The following announcement was issued by the Kentucky State Police:

    Citizens throughout the Commonwealth should be on guard for telephone solicitations requesting donations for the benefit of the Kentucky State Police.

    According to Lt. David Jude, commander of the KSP Media Relations Branch, the agency has received numerous reports from individuals throughout the state regarding efforts to raise funds for the families of fallen troopers or to purchase drug dogs for schools.

  • In brief

    Law enforcement looking for impostor

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a man pretending to be a law enforcement officer. Early last week, the Lebanon Police Department received reports of a man pulling people over in the Loretto area.

  • Pet monkeys confiscated, owner fined

    Having two exotic pets proved to be costly for a Marion County woman. In addition to surrendering her pets to a primate rescue organization, she was ordered to pay $393 in court costs, fines, fees, taxes and restitution to a primate rescue organization.   "It just took my heart," Wanda Skaggs said.

    Skaggs, 54, of 2550 St. Matthews Cemetery Road in Finley had two pet marmosets, according to the uniform citation issued by Jeremy McQueary of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.