Today's News

  • To the best of my knowledge: our next superintendent

    In today's paper, you'll find a pair of stories about Donald Wayne Smith, who will become the next superintendent of Marion County Public Schools, effective July 1, 2009.

    Newspapers don't always do a good job of explaining why we do what we do, but that's what I will attempt to do with this column.

    These are certain facts we know about our next superintendent - for instance, Smith is 41 years old, married and has three children - but we also realize people in Marion County will want to know more about the next leader of our local school system.

  • Graduation, last day of school decided

    The last day of school for Marion County students will be Friday, May 29.

    Judy Gaddie, the director of pupil personnel, said during the April 14 Marion County Board of Education meeting that the district would request a waiver from the state so students will not have to be in school Monday, June 1.

    The last day for teachers will be Wednesday, June 3.

    During the same meeting, the board also set the high school graduation for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30. 

  • Letters to editor, April 22

    Support disabled vets  

    House Bill 20, as written up in an earlier issue of the Enterprise, was passed 97-0.

    It was to give totally disabled vets three free nights a year in our state parks.

    I just found out the Senate threw it out.

    I am very disappointed and feel that it is a slap in the face to Kentucky's totally disabled vets!

    I have written our senators, McConnell and Bunning, and I ask that others write them, too.

    They each have websites that enable you to email them easily.

  • Acclimate plants as they move outdoors

    I am particularly anxious to move some of my houseplants outdoors this spring. The gardenia that I have had for over 12 years looks terrible! It needs the restorative environment of the great outdoors: more light, warmth, higher relative humidity and rainwater. I am not sure whether the cold house during the January ice storm/no electricity episode has had an impact on it or if it was just coincidence that it began to die back shortly thereafter. In any case, it needs to be pruned up and sent outside to recover.

  • Updating our courts

    Friday, local and state officials gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of what will become the Marion County Judicial Center.

    The new center will house the circuit and district courtrooms and the circuit clerk's office. The old courthouse, which was built 74 years ago, has served the county well, but a new judicial center is a necessary expense.

  • Lady's lose Reynolds

    The end of a tough week for the Marion County High School softball team was only made worse by the loss of Ann Morgan Reynolds.

    "We lost 14-4 but more than that we lost a steady defensive player and one of the better hitters during the game," Lady Knights Head Coach Trent Milby said. "Ann Morgan Reynolds will be out the rest of the season with a broken ankle. It really hurts us as a team as she was very vital both offensively and more importantly defensively. We have to regroup and continue to improve."

  • 'Sister Rose' leaving St. A

    Sr. Rose Riley knew a long time ago that she wanted to become a nun. Even then, she knew if she became a nun, it would mean a career in education.

    She actually had two reasons she wanted to achieve this career goal.

    "I wanted it so I could have a long dress with huge pockets and so I could write on the blackboard," Riley said.

    For the record, she was 8 years old when she came up with these reasons.

    And the "long dress" was a nun's habit, by the way.

  • Boys tennis picks up two wins

    The Marion County High School boys tennis team mixed up their strategy on their way to picking up two wins over John Hardin and Central Hardin in region play last week.

    "We did a mix up with players this week. Austin Spalding was paired with Trey Hamilton for doubles play and Alex Mayo was moved to number three singles," Head Coach Beverly Thomas said. "As a team, our goal for the season was to have members of our team moving on to state tournament play. We are in a very strong region and competition is strong in both singles and doubles."

  • Crenshaw still recovering after blood clot

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw was still recovering in Norton's Hospital in Louisville as of press time after suffering a pulmonary embolism recently.

    The pulmonary embolism, which is a sudden blockage in a lung artery, was more than likely a result of knee surgery Crenshaw had recently.

  • County looking into horse situation

    Marion County Sheriff Carroll Kirkland reported to the fiscal court April 16 that he had received repeated calls about possible horse neglect on Sulpher Lick Road.

    According to Kirkland, he had received repeated reports about horses being kept at 1585 Sulpher Lick Road.

    He added that he had not been authorized to remove the horses, and he could not without court authority.