Today's News

  • We loved Grandma’s Chop Suey

    My grandmother on my dad's side is often in my thoughts, especially this time of year.

    She was born Blanche Ruth Baum in 1893 in Rochester, Ind. She kept the Blanche a secret from everyone. I didn't know that was her first name until she died and Dad was writing the obituary.

    She was the only child of Ollie and Sadie, who owned and operated a general store, Baum's Grocery.

    She told me many times about spending time in the store, playing or doing her homework. When she was old enough, she started clerking after school.

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  • 'He's perfect'

    Adam Knopp admits he was scared the first time he held his son, Will, now 12 weeks old.

    "I didn't want to hold him that long ... he was tiny," Adam said.

    Many men can probably relate to what Adam, 26, was feeling at that moment at 3 a.m. the day after his son was born, but in this case, tiny is more appropriate than usual.

    Will was born at 31 weeks, weighed three pounds and seven ounces and was 16 inches long.

    "He was a little wrinkly thing," said Will's mother, Ashley Knopp, 25.

  • Fun in the Rain

    Mother Nature may not have cooperated as well as the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce would have liked her to this past weekend, but the soggy weather didn't dampen the spirits of those at the 2009 Marion County Country Ham Days festival. The rain poured down from the skies on Saturday, which made for a very wet day of activities, but the spirit that comes alive during Ham Days weekend was evident on the faces that were seen downtown.

  • Birds a 'menace' in the city

    Arthur Greenwell has been washing the back of his car almost daily for the past few weeks.   The reason: bird droppings.

    A flock of starlings has decided to roost each evening in a tree on a neighboring property. They leave evidence of their presence each morning, according to Greenwell.

    "The droppings are what's aggravating," he said.

    Greenwell isn't the only Lebanon resident who has dealt with the starlings - and their droppings - and he probably won't be the last, either.

  • Ham Days 'like a gem'

    A wet and rainy Saturday didn't stop an estimated 30,000 people from enjoying the 2009 Marion County Country Ham Days this past weekend.

    "All in all, everybody is very pleased," said Emily Zink, Ham Days co-chairwoman. "Mother Nature gave us a little bit of rain, but we didn't lose either day totally."

    In spite of the wet conditions, several Ham Days events enjoyed good turnouts. The car show attracted more than 180 vehicles, and 179 runners ran through the puddles in the Pokey Pig 5K.

  • Knights shut out Taylor County

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  • Room for improvement

    The results from the 2009 Kentucky Core Content Test, released Wednesday of last week by the state education department, show that there is definitely room for improvement for local schools, three of which are listed in "declining" status.

    According to Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith, the school district lost focus last year for several reasons, which he believes contributed to the drop in test scores.

  • Barktoberfest is Saturday

    The Marion County Animal Shelter's third annual Barktoberfest is this Saturday, Oct. 3, at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon.

    The event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., but early registration will begin at 1 p.m. There will be a $5 entry fee for each dog competing.