Today's News

  • New program could help more students graduate

    The Graduate Marion initiative, which Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith began after attending the Graduate Kentucky Summit last year, is finally getting some teeth after almost a year of talking and brainstorming.

    Tuesday during the Marion County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly spoke to the board about a co-op program that the county is going to help fund in an effort to keep potential dropouts in school. Judge Mattingly has been a member of the Graduate Marion committee, which Smith organized last year.

  • Crossing the lines

    For more than a decade, lines have been crossed, quite literally, with the middle school attendance boundaries in the school district and a former superintendent is to blame, according to Marion County Board of Education Chairwoman Sister Kay Carlew. The issue has caused confusion for several local families and a mess for the school board to clean up.

    The school board was made aware of the problem June 8 when Christy Thomas of 180 Old Kentucky 68 in Lebanon attended a meeting to discuss an issue regarding her son and where he would be attending school this year.

  • Safe and Sound

    Four miles east of Lebanon, a former antiques store has become the home of live country music in Marion County.

    This past Saturday, more than 70 people listened to renditions of "Am I Blue" (sung by the man who wrote it),"El Paso" and "Jolene".

    Based on the sounds of their applause, the crowd appreciated all of them.

    And that's exactly what retired vocational teacher Bill Weatherford, 82, wants to hear.

  • Wide open

    "The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress." - Joseph Joubert, French essayist

    Having open discussions is crucial to making progress in any situation.

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  • MCHS principal search underway

    If the Marion County High School principal selection process goes as planned, the site-based decision making council hopes to hire someone by Thursday, July 29, according to Jeff Robbins, chairperson of the SBDM council.

    The council plans to interview applicants July 26-27, and then make a recommendation July 29.

  • Pet of the Week

    Dozer is a 3-4-year-old terrier mix and weighs about 25 pounds. He is neutered and up to date on shots. If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there. For a complete listing of pets with pictures visit adoption@petfinder.com. The shelter reminds pet owners that all cats and dogs should have a rabies shot. To adopt an animal, potential owners must complete an adoption application. The animal shelter accepts stray or unwanted animals. The shelter is located off of KY 208 and is open from noon until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday.

  • Elder competes on Pepsi Junior Tour

    More than 50 junior golfers from all over the state made a stop at Rosewood Golf Course on Tuesday of last week to compete on the Pepsi Junior Golf Tour.

    Among those golfers was Marion County’s Joseph Elder, whose home course in Rosewood.

    Elder shot a 46 on the front nine in the steady rain to finish ninth in the boys’ 15-and-16-year-old division. He is currently ranked No. 13 in the overall points standings in his age division.

  • Eyes on the road

    Texting and driving can be scary.   Just ask Andrea Luckett, 17.

    "I've actually been in a car with someone who was texting and driving," she said. "And it freaked me out because she was all over the place."

    When the driver crossed over into the opposing lane, Luckett said she screamed. She added that she wanted to jump out of the car.

    "I finally said, 'You got to put your phone down,'" she said.

  • Time to take my own advice

    I'm a hypocrite.

    That probably won't be a surprise to anyone who knows me, but it's also the truth in more than one area of my life.

    It's not that I intentionally fall short of my ideals or that I say things with the intention of doing the opposite later. Nevertheless, it happens.

    As I write this, however, one particular thing is on my mind - texting and driving.