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Today's News

  • Born to ride

    A howling wind, a blazing hot day, or the biting cold. A close call, a breakdown, sometimes multiple ones in a single day. Ronnie Mudd has experienced them quite often. Despite it all, however, he says he wouldn't trade his passion for anything.
    Ever since he bought his first bike in 2011 in Danville, biking has taken Mudd on a journey.

  • Officer’s best friend

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has a new tool to fight the war on drugs.
    Her name is Gracie, she’s a two-year-old Labrador retriever and she’s the sheriff’s office’s first K9 drug sniffing dog. She’s been working with her handler, Sheriff’s Deputy Tristan Hayden, since October.

  • School district is using less energy, saving more money

    Marion County Public Schools has managed to reduce energy costs by approximately $600,000 within the past six years, and is one of 16 school districts out of 173 in the state that has been recognized as an Energy Star District.

  • ‘It’s been a good run’

    The Marion County Board of Education said goodbye to three of its board members at its regular meeting Thursday, Dec. 8.
    Board Chairman Mike Cecil and Board Members Jeroyd F. “Jerry” Evans and DeLane Pinkston were all defeated during the November General Election.
    In District 1, Carrie Gribbins Truitt defeated Pinkston who has served on the board since January of 1981.
    In District 4, Peggy Downs defeated Cecil, who has served since January of 2011.
    In District 5, Brad Cox defeated Evans, who has served on the board since October of 2014.

  • Gravel Switch man and woman indicted for robbery

    Andrew S. Lanham, 30, and Vikki L. Lanham, 43, of 179 Lanham Road in Gravel Switch were indicted for first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 6, the two of them committed a theft and used or threatened immediate use of physical force upon another person with intent to accomplish the theft.
    Their bonds were set at $100,000, and they were ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness.

    In other indictments:

  • Blood drive at St. A Dec. 21

    The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.  
    Donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.
    There will be a blood drive Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Augustine.
    To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 22, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • Fiscal Court Briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 1, and magistrates:
    • Approved the reappointment of Barbara May and Jeff Preston to the Marion County Water District Board of Commissioners.
    • Approved appointing Rebecca Streeval to a full-time deputy position that was recently vacated at the Marion County Detention Center.
    • Approved Jason Garrett’s cell phone bill of $45 per month.
    • Approved a budget transfer to the Marion County Road Department ($130,000).

  • Chronicling our lives through video

    Memories are a funny thing. They can evoke positive and negative emotions alike. They make us laugh, they make us cry. Sometimes they surprise us when we realize they have been locked away in the vault of our minds, only to be freed by a story from your parents or grandparents, or by a smell in the air, or a sound you haven’t heard since you were a child.

  • Kentucky is making progress for its children

    For more than a quarter-century now, Kentucky Youth Advocates has taken an in-depth look at the well-being of the commonwealth’s children, giving us a valuable year-to-year comparison in such critical areas as health, education and economic security.

  • Annual Ugly Sweater 5K winner

    Madison Hardin won first place in the Nicholasville second Annual Ugly Sweater 5K on Saturday, Dec. 10, running a time of 23:48 in a frigid 27 degrees. She also won this race last year. Hardin, 13, is an eighth grader at Lebanon Middle School. She is a member of the Marion County High School Lady Knights Soccer Team and also a member of the MCHS Track Team. She is the daughter of Michelle Cash of Lebanon and the late John Hardin. Her grandmother is Wanda Perkins of Lebanon.