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Today's News

  • Knights continue skid

    The Marion County High School boy's basketball team continued to struggle in the fourth quarter, letting a heartbreaker slip away at home.

    Down by 10 at the half against Nelson County, the Knights played stonewall defense in the third and half of the fourth quarter. The Cardinals only scored four points from the beginning of the third quarter until five minutes left in the fourth. From there, they went on a furious run to put the Knights away at the Roby Dome on Friday night.

  • Mills swearing in Monday

    Terry Mills was elected Feb. 2 to become the next 24th District state representative.

    The Secretary of State's Office is expected to certify the election Monday, Feb. 8, and Mills expects to be sworn in on the floor of the House of Representatives in Frankfort at 4 that afternoon.

    However, Mills has also scheduled a ceremonial swearing in for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the St. Joe Community Center.

  • Saying good-bye to Mattingly

    School Board member Joe Mattingly resigned from his position last week after his daughter, Christina L. McRay, was hired as the assistant principal at Marion County High School. Under KRS 160.180, individuals who have a relative working for the school district may not serve on the school board. Relative is defined in this section as a father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law or daughter-in-law.

    Board chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew and Superintendent Donald Smith thanked Mattingly for his years of service during the Jan.

  • Mills wins tight race

    Terry Mills of Lebanon will be the next state representative from the 24th District.

    Mills won a closely contested special election Feb. 2. He will succeed Jimmy Higdon as the representative for Casey and Marion counties and part of Pulaski County.

    Mills received 3,001 votes to Johnson's 2,518 votes, according to the unofficial totals on the Secretary of State's website.

    Out of 26,141 registered voters in the district, 5,519 cast ballots. That is a turnout of 21.1 percent, according to the Secretary of State's office.

  • Healing

    The aging, lichen covered cherry tree defined my Kentucky property. It formed a boundary between lawn and hay field. It provided a shady sanctuary on hot summer days. It was a haven for birds, bees and butterflies. And since the day it fell, during the ice storm of January 2009, the huge old tree has defined my days.

    I have never experienced an event as devastating as "The Ice Storm". Neither the cherry tree nor I went down easily.

  • Keep these dips warm in the crock pot

    Here are a couple of hot and hearty dips, great for a party or watching the game on TV. They can be made up ahead of time, then kept warm in a crock pot or chafing dish.

    The Pizza Dip is an old recipe.

    I remember my mom serving it with breadsticks back in the early 60s.

    The Reuben Dip is terrific on rye crackers or toasted party rye bread.

    Enjoy!

    Pizza Dip

    1 lb. lean ground beef

    1 medium onion, chopped

    3 c. tomato sauce, pizza sauce or meatless spaghetti sauce

    1 T. cornstarch

    1 1/2 t. fennel seeds

  • Lady Knights dismantle Bardstown

    Marion County improved to 21-1 this week and remain the top ranked team in the state after thrashing Daziah Kimberland and the Bardstown Tigers.

    The Lady Knights jumped out on Barstown early, going up 26-5 by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter brought even more of the same defensively as they held Bardstown to only three second quarter points. They led 47-8 at the half behind a furious press.

  • Is a lobbyist in city's, county's future?

    When Tom Lund visited the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Jan. 21 meeting, he had one request - that the county consider hiring a lobbyist in Frankfort.

    Specifically, Lund was asking if the county would split with the City of Lebanon the cost of hiring Karen Thomas-Lentz to advocate on their behalf at a cost of $20,000 a year. Lund is the executive director of the Marion County Economic Development Office and manages the Marion County Industrial Foundation.

  • Schools trying to close the gaps

    Closing the achievement gap is an ongoing goal for the Marion County School District, and local schools got a closer look at what gaps exist among their student body recently when test scores were released.

    While the playing field has changed - the CATS (Commonwealth Accountability Testing System) is no longer in existence - Senate Bill 168 requires all schools to analyze test data and identify achievement gaps among subpopulations of students.

  • A little extra baggage in the ambulance

    Sunday afternoon, a few emergency personnel from around Marion County gathered for the start of an internal "Biggest Loser" competition.

    Stephanie Thomas, an EMT, is in charge of the program, and she was clear why she and others wanted to do it. Although they see the results of poor health habits on a daily basis with the people they treat and transport, that hasn't meant they have adopted healthy habits of their own.