Today's News

  • Special election is today

    The special election for the 24th District state representative is today, Feb. 2. Polls are open until 6 p.m.

    Republican Leo Johnson of Windsor and Democrat Terry Mills of Lebanon are running to fill the seat.

    If you are a registered voter, but don't know where to vote, call the county clerk's office at 692-2651.

  • We got spirit

    Marion County High School's cheerleading squad competed at the Fifth Region KAPOS region competition Sunday at Central Hardin High School.

    The squad finished third in their division.

  • Helping Haiti

    Peanut butter.

    Donating a jar of peanut butter is an easy way the people of Marion County could help the starving people in Haiti who are desperately trying to recover from a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince Tuesday of last week.

    Brother Bud Owen, pastor at Lebanon Christian Church, says this community could save thousands of lives with simple jars of peanut butter and he's leading an effort to make that happen.

  • Fish and wildlife department adds rainbow trout to Fagan Branch Reservoir

    It was a day of firsts, including ice fishing in reverse?

    "I've ice-fished taking 'em out, but I've never ice-fished putting 'em in," cracked Raymond Atchison, a veteran Department of Fish and Wildlife employee.

    Atchison and his partner, Josh Mangan, were on their maiden fish-stocking effort of 2010. It was one week ago.

  • Mail absentee ballots by Jan. 26

    The last day to mail an absentee ballot for the upcoming Feb. 2 special election is Jan. 26. All applications must be in the Marion County clerk’s office by this date. Anyone, who due to age or illness, is unable to go to the polls, may request a ballot. To request an application, call the county clerk’s office at (270) 692-2651.

    Anyone who is going to be out-of-town on this date can come into the office starting Jan. 19 to vote on the absentee machine.


  • Census hiring employees

    Uncle Sam wants you, and he's willing to pay for your help.

    Every 10 years, the government is required by the Constitution to conduct a census of the population, and the U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire an Army of temporary workers to assist with the effort.

    Marion County is one of 14 counties in the Lexington district, and the bureau is looking to hire between 1,200 and 1,500 workers this year, according to Racheal Hampton, the local Census Bureau office manager.

  • Exercise for the non-athlete

    The winter months bring fewer hours of daylight, colder temperatures and more wet weather. Couch potato syndrome is on the rise which means getting the proper amount of physical activity may require creative thinking, especially for children not involved in school sports programs.

    Children should engage in at least one hour of physical activity every day. This does not have to happen all at one time. Just 10 minutes of physical activity can result in health benefits.

  • Manning finishes in top 10 in Kentucky's Junior Miss

    Marion County Junior Miss Michelle Manning placed in the top 10 during the Kentucky Junior Miss competition this past weekend in Lexington. Manning also won the friendship award, the overall fitness award, and a total of $800 in cash scholarships.

  • Retiring Young

    Shelton Young's early encounters with police were mostly positive. There was one exception, however. As a teenager, he had a 1955 Chevy, and sometimes he squealed the tires as he drove it down the street.

    "I was like any other crazy teenager with a car," he said.

    He also happened to drive in front of the house of then-chief of police, Robert Benningfield. When Benningfield heard the squealing, he came outside and signaled for Young to come over.

    "It cost me $20 and I had to wash police cars one Saturday," Young said.

  • Mr. Cobb sure made a fine salad

    Cobb salad is one of my favorites. It's on the menu at many fine restaurants here in Kentucky, and I've had many variations.

    The original Cobb salad was invented in 1926 at the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles by the owner, Bob Cobb.

    The story is he was trying to find ways to use up leftovers! (A man after my own heart!)

    Bob's original salad included chopped avocado, lettuce, celery, tomato, bacon, chicken, hard-boiled egg, watercress and blue cheese.

    Here's a simpler, easier (but delicious) version.