Today's News

  • A watchdog

    What would my dad do?

    I have asked myself that question many times within the past week and a half.

    Apparently, the stars have been out of whack or something because some unbelievably strange things have happened to me in the newspaper world lately. I have found myself scratching my head, in utter dismay, and wondering to myself, "What would my dad do?"

  • Hibbard helps build the future

    Campers came out en force last week for the eighth annual Marion County High School volleyball camp.

    Marion County High School Volleyball Head Coach David Hibbard said a record number of campers, 30, came out to the Roby Dome to learn about the fundamentals of volleyball. The previous record for enrollment was 25.

    Hibbard said most of the girls were involved with the middle school volleyball program but there were some that came with no game experience. He emphasized that even fourth and fifth graders were in attendance.

  • McElroy 'puts' in the work

    Tamyra McElroy is a quick study.

    The Marion County High School senior has only thrown in the shot put a handful of times yet she qualified for the state track meet a few weeks ago.

    Not only that, but the then junior finished 14th out of 23 athletes. Not bad for a newcomer.

    Lucky for track Head Coach Robby Peterson, he happened to walk by at the right time.

  • Relay for Life starts Friday

    At 7 p.m. Friday, June 18, a torch lighting will mark the opening of the 2010 Marion County Relay for Life. This year's event will be held at the new baseball fields at Graham Memorial Park.

    This is the 14th year Marion County has hosted its own Relay for Life.

    "We've got a lot of survivors this year that have registered," said Kim Bell of the local Relay for Life committee.

    Luminary sales will begin at 4 p.m. A cancer survivor's dinner is being held at 5 p.m., and registration opens at 6 p.m.

  • Concrete support for cancer research

    If you thought you saw a cement truck with a big pink ribbon painted on it recently, you weren't hallucinating.

    Marion County Concrete has painted the ribbon on one of its trucks to convey a simple message: "Find a Cure."

    Jeremy Hodges, the owner and operator of Marion County Concrete, said they decided to paint the truck in memory of his mother-in-law, who died after being diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. He thought about how close his family was with his mother-in-law and with Relay for Life coming up, it seemed like a good time to do it.

  • Open for debate

    The Marion County Board of Education and Superintendent Donald Smith speak often about their desire to be "transparent."

    However, a discussion that took place last week during an executive session would seem to contradict that. That discussion, which involved a redistricting issue that could potentially affect an entire neighborhood, should have taken place in open session. But, instead, it was discussed behind closed doors.

  • Little Sluggers

    Nearly 50 campers received instruction from the Marion County High School baseball staff and team last week during the 13th annual MCHS baseball camp.    

    Twenty-six campers from ages nine through 12 and 21 campers from ages six through eight learned how to field, play catch, run the bases and other fundamentals at Dave Hourigan Field.

  • In Brief

    Original name restored to cemetery

    Andrew Grundy appeared before the Lebanon City Council June 7 with one request - to rename Al Bilik Park to its original name.

    The park, which is located on North Proctor Knott Avenue, was originally the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

    Grundy explained that the first settlers in Marion County were Presbyterians, and the cemetery was the burial site for many of the early settlers who founded Lebanon as a community.

  • Happy and healthy

    Amber Fields' life changed March 8, 2007.

    She was 26 years old at the time. After dealing with constant pain for about a week, she decided to have her doctor check it out.

    "I went to the doctor with some pain and ended up a week later going under the knife," she said. "They removed a volleyball-sized tumor from my left ovary."

    Fields, now 29, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The tumor that the surgeon removed weighed more than three pounds.

  • Adam Hughes Memorial Highway has been dedicated

    The Lebanon bypass extension was dedicated Tuesday morning, June 15. As part of the dedication of the extension, that portion of Hwy. 2154 has been named the Adam Hughes Memorial Highway.

    Sgt. Hughes died while serving in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle.

    Look for more about the dedication in the June 23 print edition.