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Today's News

  • Spring break carved down to two days, April 8-9

    Three days of Spring Break, April 5-7, will be used as makeup days but it's the remaining two days, April 8-9, that the Marion County Board of Education have not made an official decision on.

    The school calendar was a primary topic of conversation during last week's school board meeting, but the final decision on Spring Break was tabled because the testing window for local schools could change and that could affect whether the school system uses April 8-9 as makeup days or gives those two days to students as a Spring Break, according to Smith.

  • Raised right

    Kim and Thad Peterson know farming.

    They manage more than 550 acres. They sell between 3,500 and 4,000 hogs annually. They sell approximately 150 calves, and they raise about 140 acres of corn and 160 acres of hay. And, until recently, they grew thousands of tobacco plants.

    Both are Marion County natives who were raised in farm families.

    All of that may have something to do with why they were named the 2010 Outstanding Farmers at the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet earlier this year.

  • Fiscal Court to meet at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 18.

    Here is the agenda for that meeting:

    - Consider / Approval  of  Minutes  of  Previous  Meeting

    - Review / Consider  for Approval  Budget  of  Marion  County  Conservation  District

    - Review / Consider  for  Approval  County  Road  Aid  Resolution

  • End of an era

    "Go Cards. Beat Purdue."

    I don't remember who Louisville's basketball team was playing when I first heard that cheer, but I'm positive it wasn't the Boilermakers. I was a child, and I recall asking an adult, either my father or one of my uncles why the fans said Purdue.

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  • Lady Knights capture the crown

    A 15-year drought ended Saturday night. Fifteen years ago the 1995 Lady Knights took home the Fifth Region title. Saturday night, the 2010 Lady Knights captured the title in the same gym in Hart County.

    Marion County (33-1) avenged last season's region final loss to knock off Elizabethtown (26-6) in a game that was controlled by the Lady Knights throughout. Marion County outlasted the Lady Panthers 54-40.

    How does it feel to end the 15-year drought?

  • Interviews for vacant schoolboard seat set for March 17

    Interviews for the six applicants for the vacant school board seat are scheduled for next week - March 17 - at the Marion County Board of Education office.

    The position, which was left vacant when School Board Member Joe Mattingly resigned recently, has garnered a great deal of local interest. Mattingly was forced to resign after his daughter, Christina L. McRay, was hired as the assistant principal at Marion County High School. Under KRS 160.180, individuals who have a relative working for the school district may not serve on the school board.

  • NTSB releases preliminary report on plane crash

    Although no official cause has been determined, a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that ice had formed on the wings of the plane that crashed one mile from the Lebanon-Springfield Airport Feb. 23.

    Kent Shilling, the pilot, was killed when the Piper PA-28 Cherokee airplane crashed. According to the NTSB, Shilling reported that the plane had rime icing on its wings just minutes before the accident.

  • St. Catharine interested in Centre Square

    Monday evening representatives of the Centre Square Foundation Board and St. Catharine College spoke with the Lebanon City Council regarding the possibility of bringing artistic and educational programming to the community.

    Roger Marcum, the executive vice president for St. Catharine, said the college is looking to offer more programming in Marion County. And they would like to offer that programming at Centre Square.

  • Contributions to statewide candidates may be restricted

    With less than 21 legislative days of the 2010 General Assembly Session remaining, the Senate continues to address a wide variety of issues as we await the House of Representatives to wrap up work on their budget proposal.

    This week, the Senate passed legislation that will strengthen government ethics, help the Department of Education better classify school buildings, and protect our children from a new hallucinogenic drug.