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Today's News

  • Tornado warning test planned for Tuesday

    Tuesday, March 2, the National Weather Service will be conducting a statewide tornado drill at 10:07 a.m.

    This is a test, but the test will be conducted using the live code "TOR", the same code used during an actual tornado warning. The National Weather Service will specify that Tuesday morning's drill is only a test, but TV crawls will display a "Tornado Warning" message.

    Using the live code is necessary because that is the only way the weather alerting equipment will function properly.

  • One fatality reported in plane crash near airport

    Kentucky State Police and Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating a single-engine plane crash near Ky. 55 and the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    The police have confirmed that one person died in the crash. The lone occupant has been identified as 40-year-old Kent Douglas Shilling of Springfield. The cause of death will be determined at an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday morning at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville.   

    The time of the crash has not been determined.

  • The calories are already counted

    Back in the old days, going on a diet meant counting calories.

    Forget fat grams or low-carb, the only way we knew to lose weight was to set a calorie limit and exercise.

    My mom was always on one diet or another, even though she never weighed more than 120 pounds in her whole life, except when she was pregnant with me.

    I remember a grapefruit diet and a cottage cheese diet and she also used to buy those little cans of Metracal diet food. Yuk!

  • MCHS Academic Team successfully defends 5th Region title

    The Marion County High School Academic Team competed in the KAAC Governor's Cup Academic Competition hosted at Marion County High School on Feb. 18-20 and came away with their second regional title in as many years. Led by seniors Grant Avritt, Patrick Cox, Kurt Dulmage, Joseph Lucas, and Hannah O'Daniel, the Knights outdistanced 15 other Fifth Region schools by winning four of the six written assessment events and capturing first place in the eight-team Quick Recall tournament. Patrick Cox took top honors in mathematics and arts/humanities.

  • Midway through session, budget work continues

    We are now halfway through the 2010 General Assembly Session and while the House of Representatives continues to labor, as constitutionally required, on a budget proposal, the Senate's work, while on a smaller scale, is no less important. Both House and Senate Appropriations and Revenue chairmen are in close consultation so that when the House budget proposal is finalized and moves to the Senate, we can hit the ground running.

  • AG's office call for changes on topix.com

    Topix.com provides a message board that allows anyone to post comments on local and national issues. But that same message board has also been the source of controversy because some users post defamatory and derogatory comments about others in those forums.

    Now, the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the Connecticut Attorney General's Office are pushing for topix.com to make changes.

  • First load of donations delivered to Haiti

    A total of 110,000 pounds of peanut butter, rice, beans, canned goods, T-shirts, sheets and shoes were collected locally for the people of Haiti. Thursday, the first shipment of those donations was delivered to the poverty-stricken country that suffered a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12.

    According to Brother Bud Owen, who has been leading the local relief effort, the next load of local donations will be sent to Haiti in approximately 28 days. Bro. Bud's parents, Larry and Diane Owen, have a mission called Waves of Mercy based in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Bro.

  • The Un-Sung Hero

    Since 1926, February has been deemed Black History Month. In this month, the world celebrates the lives, inventions, and accomplishments of black people. If I may be honest, it is a shame that it took the world so long to realize that people of color had brains and talent that exceeded dancing, singing and dunking a basketball.

  • How to win friends and influence the legislature

    I had considered calling this column "making sausage" because of something I heard years ago: that passing legislation is like making sausage since you don't really want to see how it's made.

    Although to be fair, I've heard the same analogy applied to putting together a newspaper.

  • Lady Knights barrel towards district tourney

    One regular season game stands between the Lady Knights and their quest for postseason perfection.

    Marion County hosts Nelson County on Friday at 7:30 p.m. to end the regular season. Nelson County (14-9) features a healthy Samantha Drake, one of the top players in the region and state.

    Since Nelson County star senior Samantha Drake was a freshman, the Cards and the Lady Knights have played seven times. Marion County has won four of those games - two at home, one at Nelson County and one on a neutral site.