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Today's News

  • Boys eliminated after pool play

    Marion County faced a win or go home situation on Monday of last week against South London at the 9-and-10-year-old Little League state tournament.

    The All-Stars' bats never woke up as they lost 3-0 in a defensive battle. The loss would eliminate them from the tournament after pool play.

    Marion County could only manage two hits, a single by Trent Farmer in the first and a double in the sixth, against South London's pitching staff.

  • 9-10 All-Stars take second in state

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  • Traffic signal coming to Hwy. 49, bypass

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials announced last week that a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Hwy. 49 and the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway (the Lebanon bypass).

    Engineers for the cabinet estimated that a sensor-controlled signal will be working by the middle of August.

  • Zucchini is tasty in the skillet or in brownies

    Got zucchini? If the answer is yes, try one of these good ways to use it.

    If you pick them when they're small to medium, about six to ten inches long, they are terrific in these first two recipes. If, on the other hand, you find a giant whiffle bat-sized zucchini hiding under a leaf, grate it and use in the last recipe. Yellow squash can also be used with these recipes.

    Fresh Zucchini and Tomato Skillet

    4 medium zucchini, sliced

    2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped

    2 small onions, sliced

    2 T. vegetable oil

    1 t. salt

  • History of Success

    A man can do a lot in 50 years. Salem George - "Dr. Salem" to his patients - has cared for generations of families from Marion County, quite literally. "I've delivered ladies, delivered their daughters and delivered their grandchildren," George said. In fact, George estimated that he has delivered more than 6,000 babies in his career as a physician. Of course that's not all he's done, but he may not have done it here, in Marion County, if not for a few unexpected changes along the way. George grew up in Louisville.

  • Helping hands

    A group of volunteers spent last week making repairs at 14 sites in Marion County.   The volunteers were participating in the summer program for Kentucky Heartland Outreach, a program of Campbellsville University.

  • Education briefs

    Summer reading program reward...

    Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith initiated a summer reading program this year and the students and volunteers who have participated are going to get a special reward, Smith told members of the Marion County Board of Education last week.

    Students and volunteers have been invited to go to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game tomorrow, July 22, as a reward for their participation.

  • New program could help more students graduate

    The Graduate Marion initiative, which Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith began after attending the Graduate Kentucky Summit last year, is finally getting some teeth after almost a year of talking and brainstorming.

    Tuesday during the Marion County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly spoke to the board about a co-op program that the county is going to help fund in an effort to keep potential dropouts in school. Judge Mattingly has been a member of the Graduate Marion committee, which Smith organized last year.

  • Crossing the lines

    For more than a decade, lines have been crossed, quite literally, with the middle school attendance boundaries in the school district and a former superintendent is to blame, according to Marion County Board of Education Chairwoman Sister Kay Carlew. The issue has caused confusion for several local families and a mess for the school board to clean up.

    The school board was made aware of the problem June 8 when Christy Thomas of 180 Old Kentucky 68 in Lebanon attended a meeting to discuss an issue regarding her son and where he would be attending school this year.

  • Safe and Sound

    Four miles east of Lebanon, a former antiques store has become the home of live country music in Marion County.

    This past Saturday, more than 70 people listened to renditions of "Am I Blue" (sung by the man who wrote it),"El Paso" and "Jolene".

    Based on the sounds of their applause, the crowd appreciated all of them.

    And that's exactly what retired vocational teacher Bill Weatherford, 82, wants to hear.