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Today's News

  • A Healthy Change

    Pizza parties, candy and soft drinks - that's what teachers have routinely given their students as rewards for exceptional performance and behavior. It's been that way for years.

  • Perfectly reasonable

    Marion County High School, indeed, all of Marion County was affected by the death of student Cody Greenwell Friday. Our hearts go out to Greenwell's friends and family as they cope with their loss.

    Unfortunately, Greenwell's death was intertwined with rumors that someone was thinking of harming students and staff at the high school. Those rumors were going around the high school Friday even both before news of Greenwell's death was known and over the weekend via text messages and the World Wide Web.

  • It’s hard times for our animals

    The recent economy crisis is having an affect on everyone, not only us humans but our animals are also feeling the pinch.

  • Winterizing strawberry plants

    Perhaps the last garden chore of the season is tucking in the strawberry planting for winter. Strawberry plants have already set their buds for next spring's flowers and the crop can be lost unless you protect them from harsh winter conditions.

    A fully dormant strawberry plant's flower buds can be damaged at temperatures below 15 deg. F.

    In addition to flower bud damage, the alternate freezing and thawing of the soil that commonly occurs in winter and early spring can cause plant roots to break and the plants to be heaved right out of the ground.

  • Voters: No to 'nickel'

    Marion County voters waited more than a year to have their say on whether the "recallable nickel" would be added to the tax rate for Marion County Public Schools.

    And last Tuesday, the voters' answer was a resounding no. Nearly six out of every 10 voters cast ballots against the "recallable nickel".

    In 16 of the 17 county precincts, a majority of voters opposed the nickel. The courthouse precinct is the only precinct where a majority of voters supported the "nickel."

  • Prune brambles now

    It's time to clean up the bramble patch:  in order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.

    Most brambles are biennial which means they fruit on second-year growth.  Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer which will bear next summer's fruit.  Repeat the same thing next year!

  • School grieves, on alert

    More than 20 state, city and county law enforcement officers were stationed at Marion County High School Monday after alleged threats had been made against students and staff.

    According to police, after an apparent suicide of a Marion County High School student on Friday afternoon, unsubstantiated reports were received by law enforcement suggesting possible threats being made toward students and staff at the school.

    The student was identified by school officials as sophomore Cody Greenwell.

  • County officials want to help tech center expand

    The recallable nickel was defeated at the polls last week, but Marion County officials want to find another way to make improvements at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Magistrate John Arthur Elder III brought up the tech center during the Nov. 6 fiscal court meeting. He noted that the county brings in around $2 million from occupational taxes.

    "Without that funding, this county would be in dire need," Elder said.

  • Lebanon Middle School to play at Rupp Arena

    The Lebanon Middle School eighth grade girls' basketball team will vie for their second state championship in as many years on Nov. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Rupp Arena.

    The undefeated squad dispatched Crawford, Martin, Wayne County and Lincoln County on Saturday and Sunday to set up a title bout against Crosby in Rupp.

    The Lady Patriots hosted the conference tournament championship Monday night. Results were not known at press time.

    Head Coach Trent Milby did not return a phone message before deadline and was unavailable for comment.

  • Historical society looking to move into Centre Square

    The Lebanon City Council reaffirmed a commitment to the Marion County Historical Society Monday evening, voting unanimously that the historical society can use the third floor of the Centre Square Arts and Culture Center (the former Lebanon High School building).

    At the same time, the council was clear that it was not making any financial commitment at this time.