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Today's News

  • Kitchen Aide

    The end of this month will mark the end of an era at the Marion County Extension Office.

    Coletta Bickett will be ending her work with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, work that started in January of 1969.

    In Marion County, Bickett is the last of the four assistants still working in the program out of the four who were hired when it started. She's also the last of the original program employees working in the entire state.

    "I myself never dreamed I would stay this long," Bickett said.

  • Conley to coach against sons

    Greg Conley, Marion County High School boys' soccer head coach, will add a unique experience to his coaching resume on Thursday when the Knights travel to Danville to play the Boyle County Rebels.

    Conley will coach against his sons, Logan and Noah, who play for Boyle County.

    "Blood is thicker than water, it will be hard for me not to pull for him," Conley said.

    The coach can only hope the Knights can right their ship by then.

  • These cakes are over the top

    Here are two of my favorite cakes of all time. They always turn out great, and the frosting is put on when the cake comes hot out of the oven.

    The first one, Texas Chocolate cake, was sent to me back in the late 70's by my chocoholic mother. She would make it and bring it with her when she visited from Illinois. The "Texas" in the title refers to the size of the cake; it needs a size or two bigger than a 9x13 cake pan. It serves a crowd.

  • Graduation rate is up but ACT scores show room for improvement

    Marion County High School's graduation rate increased by eight percent during the 2009 school year and its students continue to improve their ACT scores, but test results released recently show there's still room for improvement.

    The state Department of Education released overall results from the ACT, which all juniors in Kentucky's public schools have been required to take since 2008. The overall ACT Assessment consists of tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning.

  • Edmonton man indicted for escape

    Parker Eugene Perdue, 31, of 2824 Reece Hurt Road in Edmonton was indicted for second-degree escape, first-degree persistent felony offender, theft by unlawful taking (auto), first-degree fleeing/evading, second-degree fleeing/evading, driving on a DUI suspended license and failure to wear seat belts.

    According to the indictment, on or about July 2, Perdue escaped from the custody of the Marion Adjustment Center after previously being charged with or convicted of a felony.

  • Snakes in the grass, politicians on our TVs

    Last week, we had a letter to the editor asking people not to kill rattlesnakes, while elsewhere in the paper we had two photos of people holding rattlesnakes they had killed.

    The irony was not lost on the newspaper staff, as I'm sure it wasn't lost on you.

    The issue reminded me of a story from my own past, when I was an intern at the Sweetwater Reporter in Sweetwater, Texas. Sweetwater is the home of the world's largest rattlesnake round-up (or so they claim). I wasn't working there at the time of that year's round-up, but I did see a few rattlesnakes that summer.

  • Nuisances

    No one likes nuisances, and most people don't like being a nuisance to others (with the possible exception of siblings).

    Some nuisances you can deal with on your own by either going somewhere else or by making the nuisance go elsewhere. But when the nuisance is a house, what can you do?

  • Gridiron Knights open with powerhouse

    The Marion County High School football team will open the season against one of the state's top teams.

    Last season they tangled with Bell County, the 2008 Class AAAA state champion. The Bobcats lost in the 4A semifinals last season to eventual champion Boyle County.

    This year the Knights play host to the John Hardin High School Bulldogs, last year's Class AAAAA runner-up and this year's number two-ranked team in that class.

    The team's lock horns on Saturday at John J. Boswell Field at 8 p.m. for the Heart of Kentucky Pigskin Classic.

  • Lebanon woman gets six years for burglary, drug charges

    Jamie N. Hunt, 33, of 50 St. Catherine Street in Lebanon was sentenced to six years in prison in Marion Circuit Court last week for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree persistent felony offender and third-degree burglary.

    Hunt was ordered to pay $730 restitution ($700 to Hart Mart and $30 for the Kentucky State Police), a clerk's fee of $36.50 and $300 court costs. Hunt received credit for 97 days served.

  • Nuisance properties

    In December of 2009, the Lebanon City Council approved a nuisance property ordinance. The city adopted the International Property Maintenance Code as part of the ordinance. The sections of the code are used by the city's code enforcement officer, John Thompson, when identifying properties in violation of the city ordinance.

    The most frequently cited complaints involved sections 301.3 (vacant structures shall be maintained), 302 (which deals with exterior property areas), 304 (exterior structure) and 305 (interior structure) of the IPMC.