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Today's News

  • Knights hold on, dispatch Dragons 24-20

    The Marion County Knights recovered a Green County desperation onside kick with about 21 seconds to go in the game to secure another victory Friday night at Green County.

    As the clock hit all zeros, the Knights led 24-20 and secured an 8-2 record on the season and momentum heading into next week's playoff match against Fairdale.

  • Cross Country misses state

    The Marion County High School cross-country team was a pulled muscle away from missing the state meet coming up.

    Matthew Mattingly, who made the state meet easily last year, came up lame during the Class 2A Region Two meet on Saturday afternoon, according to Head Coach Sherbie King. Mattingly was noticeably in pain as he crossed the finish line.

    King said throughout the year Mattingly has consistently been 15 to 20 seconds behind Taylor County's Wes Colvin, who finished second in the region.

  • I see elephants wearing donkey suits

    Barack Obama made history in a number of ways Nov. 4. He is now the first African-American President-elect ever.

    He won the most decisive electoral victory since Ronald Reagan thrashed Michael Dukakis in 1984.

    And he's the first Democratic Presidential candidate to receive more than 50 percent of the popular vote since Jimmy Carter.

  • A Healthy Change

    Pizza parties, candy and soft drinks - that's what teachers have routinely given their students as rewards for exceptional performance and behavior. It's been that way for years.

  • Perfectly reasonable

    Marion County High School, indeed, all of Marion County was affected by the death of student Cody Greenwell Friday. Our hearts go out to Greenwell's friends and family as they cope with their loss.

    Unfortunately, Greenwell's death was intertwined with rumors that someone was thinking of harming students and staff at the high school. Those rumors were going around the high school Friday even both before news of Greenwell's death was known and over the weekend via text messages and the World Wide Web.

  • It’s hard times for our animals

    The recent economy crisis is having an affect on everyone, not only us humans but our animals are also feeling the pinch.

  • Winterizing strawberry plants

    Perhaps the last garden chore of the season is tucking in the strawberry planting for winter. Strawberry plants have already set their buds for next spring's flowers and the crop can be lost unless you protect them from harsh winter conditions.

    A fully dormant strawberry plant's flower buds can be damaged at temperatures below 15 deg. F.

    In addition to flower bud damage, the alternate freezing and thawing of the soil that commonly occurs in winter and early spring can cause plant roots to break and the plants to be heaved right out of the ground.

  • Voters: No to 'nickel'

    Marion County voters waited more than a year to have their say on whether the "recallable nickel" would be added to the tax rate for Marion County Public Schools.

    And last Tuesday, the voters' answer was a resounding no. Nearly six out of every 10 voters cast ballots against the "recallable nickel".

    In 16 of the 17 county precincts, a majority of voters opposed the nickel. The courthouse precinct is the only precinct where a majority of voters supported the "nickel."

  • Prune brambles now

    It's time to clean up the bramble patch:  in order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.

    Most brambles are biennial which means they fruit on second-year growth.  Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer which will bear next summer's fruit.  Repeat the same thing next year!

  • School grieves, on alert

    More than 20 state, city and county law enforcement officers were stationed at Marion County High School Monday after alleged threats had been made against students and staff.

    According to police, after an apparent suicide of a Marion County High School student on Friday afternoon, unsubstantiated reports were received by law enforcement suggesting possible threats being made toward students and staff at the school.

    The student was identified by school officials as sophomore Cody Greenwell.