Today's News

  • Budget measure could cost county

    State officials have been vocal about the need for cuts to the state budget to address a projected budget shortfall that could exceed $1 billion over the next biennium.

    But one aspect of those proposed cuts has local officials concerned about the impact it could have on everything from trash collection to mowing of public property in Marion County.

    The Kentucky House of Representatives approved a budget bill (HB 290), which includes more than $30 million in savings through a possible early release program for some state prisoners.


    Eric Daugherty had one question for the hundreds of people gathered in the St. Augustine School gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

    "Are y'all ready to see some hair hit the floor?" he asked.

    Their enthusiastic cheering said they were.

    After Saturday's event, seven hair stylists had shaved more than 100 heads, leaving a sizable pile of hair on the floor. And that's not counting the 10 heads that were shaved at Big Jim's Friday night.

    This was the fourth year for the local St. Baldrick's event and the 10th year events have been held across the nation.

  • Try this spicy shrimp recipe during Lent


    I'd like to share a new shrimp recipe that is easy and great for Lent or any other time! I frequently experiment with shrimp dishes and this one is a keeper for 2010.

    I call it Super Spicy Shrimp, mainly because one of the ingredients, chipotle chilies in adobo sauce is quite spicy (and delicious!) You can add more or less than what is in the recipe, depending on your taste for the fiery. It comes in a jar that will keep in the refrigerator a long time.

  • Baseball to kick off season with dinner and auction

    The Marion County High School baseball team will be having a lead off dinner and auction Thursday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The cost for dinner is $10, which will include all you can eat spaghetti, breadsticks and salad.

  • Hayes soars at Tennessee Tech

    Former Marion County High School standout Tacarra Hayes is continuing her patch of excellence on the court at Tennessee Tech.

    Hayes, a sophomore on a very young Golden Eagles squad, was recently named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball first team.

    Hayes led the Golden Eagles in scoring (16.9 points per game), free throw attempts and made (162 made, 257 attempted), assists (4.5 per game) and rebounds (5.8 per game).

  • Be counted for your community's sake

    The 2010 Census forms should be arriving soon. In fact, by the time you read this, some of you may have already received your forms.

    I hope you will take the time to fill out this year's form, which has just 10 questions. If there is more than one person in your household, some questions will need to be answered more than once.

    Rest assured that the questions are simple, and the form shouldn't take much time to fill out.

  • It's not too late to sign up for Barkitecture event

    Just Paws is organizing the first-ever Barkitecture event and wants to extend another offer for people to get involved.

    The Barkitecture event is a dog house building contest. All dog houses entered into the contest will be distributed to needy dogs in the community. The winner will receive a canvas tote bag filled with a variety of new tools.

    The dog houses will be on display at the Just Paws booth at the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce's Farm, Home and Garden show the first weekend in April.

  • Engaging behavior

    Later this month, the U.S. Marine Corps will begin a new approach in the ongoing efforts to win the hearts and minds of the Afghani people, and a Marion County High School graduate will be part of that effort.

    Lance Corporal Beth Walls, 20, is one of approximately 40 people who volunteered to be part of the Marines' first female engagement teams.

    "We're not going to Afghanistan to impose our culture," Walls said. "We're trying to show that we respect them so they'll cooperate with us."

  • Judge betting on county being counted

    In 2000, only 62 percent of Marion County residents returned their Census forms via the mail.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly is counting on local residents doing better this time.

    In fact, he's betting on it.

    Last week, Mattingly made a bet with Washington County Judge/Executive John Settles that Marion County will have a higher return rate than Washington County. The losing county judge will purchase dinner for the other county's Complete Count Committee.

  • Tech school scores high on state assessment

    The Marion County Area Technology Center scored an almost perfect score during its most recent school assessment, according to information presented to school board members during their meeting last week.

    The tech center and each of its programs are assessed every two years by a state-appointed team. On a 4-point scale, the tech center received a score of 3.73, and its machine tool program scored a perfect 4, Principal Laura Arnold reported to board members.