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Today's News

  • County looking into horse situation

    Marion County Sheriff Carroll Kirkland reported to the fiscal court April 16 that he had received repeated calls about possible horse neglect on Sulpher Lick Road.

    According to Kirkland, he had received repeated reports about horses being kept at 1585 Sulpher Lick Road.

    He added that he had not been authorized to remove the horses, and he could not without court authority. 

  • Next superintendent's college coaching ended with controversy

    Donald Smith is set to make history as the next superintendent of Marion County Public Schools.

    He will be the first African-American male to become a superintendent in the history of the state of Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.

    But in addition to his academic background, Smith also served as the head football coach at Kentucky State University for three seasons, 2001-03.

  • Cecil wins Bike and Hike 5K

    Joe Pat Cecil was the overall winner and in the 2009 Family Bike and Hike on Saturday morning at Graham Memorial Park. Cecil finished at 21:35, over a minute faster than the second place runner.     

    Leslie Franken was the first female to cross the finish line with a time of 26:00. She came in eighth place overall.

    Logan Vaughn, 11, was the first youth male youth participant to come in. Vaughn ran a scorching time of 24:45. He finished sixth overall in a race with 98 participants.

  • Civil War officer to be honored Sunday at the national cemetery

     At 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Major William H. Fiddler will be honored at the Lebanon National Cemetery.

    Fiddler was a field and staff officer for the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Calvary, and his body was never found after the SS Sultana, a paddlewheel steamboat exploded April 27, 1865. More than 2,200 Union soldier were on the steamboat that day.

    The program for the stone dedication will open with a musical selection by John Kalbfleisch, the senior vice commander of the E.P. Marrs Camp #5 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

  • Changes coming to high school

    The announcement about the next superintendent wasn't the only news from the April 14 Marion County Board of Education meeting.

    Marion County High School Principal Taylor Schlosser and assistant principals Stacey Hall and Tammy Newcome spoke to the board about changes planned for next year.

  • Smith makes history

    Donald Smith impressed members of the Marion County Board of Education with his energy and enthusiasm, and last week, they voted unanimously to offer him the chance to become the next superintendent of Marion County Public Schools.

    "The decision wasn't easy," board member Joe F. Mattingly said, "and there will be those in the district who will question our decision."

    But Mattingly was comfortable with the outcome of the superintendent search.

  • Baseball faces another busy week

    The Marion County High School baseball team faces another challenging week. They face another round of district opponents as they jockey for tournament position.

    The Knights opened the week on Tuesday against Adair County on the road. Results were unknown at press time.

    On Wednesday the Knights host Washington County High School at 5:30 p.m. The Knights won the first game at Washington County 3-2.

  • It's time to plan for 4-H Camp 2009

    It is time to begin planning for 4-H Camp. As has become a tradition, we have many exciting events and activities planned for the five-day excursion, June 2-6, at Lake Cumberland 4-H Center.

    4-H Camp forms for campers, teen and adult volunteers are available at the Marion County Extension office at this time. Camp applications are due into the extension office by May 15th

    The fee for this year's camp is $150.00, with limited 4-H camp scholarships available. We will be attending camp again this summer with others from Green, Clinton and Adair counties.

  • Drug testing for students proposed

    Lisa Eubanks spoke with the board of education on behalf of the Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition about forming a committee to look at drug intervention programs for youth.

    Board chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew said she would like board members and Donald Smith to review the information provided about drug intervention. Smith has been selected to succeed Roger Marcum as the next superintendent of Marion County schools.

    Part of the discussion included the possibility of drug testing for students, particularly those involved in extracurricular activities.

  • Baseball players earn their stripes

    The Marion County High School baseball team survived a tough week, winning two of five games while sending two games into extra innings.

    Knights Head Coach Chad Spalding is looking for more from his offense in hopes of at least splitting the remaining games on the schedule.