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Today's News

  • Population count has increased at county jail

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady reported that the inmate population at the Marion County Detention Center is as high as it has been since 2009.

    The detention center has seen declining revenue in recent years as a result of state efforts to release prisoners early, which saves the state money. Recently, the Marion County Detention Center was approved for additional beds for a substance abuse program.

  • Open burn class March 13 at Loretto City Hall

    Individuals interested in learning the regulations affecting open burning in Kentucky are invited to participate in a "Learn Before You Burn" class.

    The class is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Loretto City Hall, 140 School Drive in Loretto.

    Open burning poses health risks for everyone, especially children, the elderly and those with existing health issues. The class will explain ways to reduce those risks and how to avoid illegal burning.

  • Living life on life's terms

    As a recent graduate of the 11th Circuit Drug Court, Ashley knows exactly how it feels to be addicted to drugs and alcohol.

    "It gets to the point at the end where you don't care if you live or die," she said. "You're too scared to live, and you're too scared to die."

    While drug court is considered "completely confidential", according to District Judge Amy Anderson, Ashley is one of two program participants who agreed to share their stories using only their first names.

  • JROTC seeking new obstacles to overcome

    Life involves dealing with obstacles, but the Marion County JROTC students are planning to create a few for themselves.

    Specifically, they are working to construct an obstacle course near the tennis courts at Marion County High School.

    Hunter Winsor is a senior on the JROTC's Raider Team. This team participates in competitions that require a mix of land navigation/orienteering skills and physical tests, many of which require teams to work together.

  • It's a Lady Knights' three-peat

    Senior Coco May smiles as she cuts down the net following the Lady Knights' 56-39 win in the 5th Region championship game over Elizabethtown Sunday.

    The Lady Knights will open up play in the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls' State Basketball Tournament in Bowling Green tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. EST when they take on the Walton-Verona Bearcats from northern Kentucky, winners of the 8th region tournament.

    Marion County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow so students and staff can attend the game.

  • Ready, willing & able

    Hayden Johnson first became interested in emergency services watching hearses in his hometown of Dawson Springs. At the time, they were the only vehicles big enough to transport patients to the hospital.

    "I thought it was awesome to see that hearse go by with that red light flashing on top of it," he said.

    Johnson, 56, got his start in emergency services in the 1970s, and he took his most recent step in that field last October when he was named the Marion County Emergency Management Director.

  • Education briefs

    Test results released

    Data released from the Kentucky Department of Education last week shows that Lebanon Middle School leads the region in its math scores and ranks No. 1 in reading, regionally.

    Results from the EXPLORE and PLAN assessments show that Kentucky's public school students continue to improve in nearly every subject area tested. The percentages of students meeting college benchmarks also have improved in most subjects.

  • Education 2.0

    Kurt Mattingly works with technology every day, but he is not an IT guy. Instead, he helps teachers incorporate technology into their classrooms as the Marion County Public Schools technology integration specialist.

    "Technology has become so much more widely used, and it's advancing at a rate that we can't keep up," he said. "A lot of times kids know more about it than their teachers."

  • Young Democrats have a good time, talk strategy

    The highlight of the 2012 Kentucky Young Democrats Convention may have been an 80-year-old man, former governor and current Seventh District State Senator Julian Carroll.

    He shared some advice that has helped him succeed in politics for half a century, including how to treat people in general and tips on how to shake hands.

  • Give what you can

    We spent much of two days last week watching radar, looking for up-to-the-minute weather reports and seeing what could be heading our way. We were spared any major damage, but we have seen how devastating the system was through national and state news reports.

    We also know about the generosity of Marion Countians. We witnessed it firsthand with the ice storm and the flooding that affected our community in recent years.