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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Dems focusing on Williams in 2012

    You probably won't be surprised to hear that the Kentucky Young Democrats talked politics over the weekend during their convention in Lebanon.

    But some people might be surprised that the Democratic Party is essentially conceding Kentucky as a lost cause already in the 2012 Presidential race. Even Keidra King, a field representative for Barack Obama's re-election campaign, said as much when she stopped by the convention on Saturday.

    That doesn't mean the Democrats are sitting out the 2012 election, however.

  • 5K PROM-enade

    The Marion County High School Prom Committee will be hosting a 5K PROM-enade walk/run event at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 24.

    Pre-registration cost is $15 and continues from now until March 15. Registration will begin on March 16 and the cost is $20.

    All registration forms can be found at MCHS website.

    For more details, contact Holly Wood or Amber Ervin at (270) 692-6066 or (270) 465-1884.

  • Comeback Bid Falls Just Short

  • Missing 14-year-old has been located

    A missing 14-year-old male has been located.

    Samuel Isaiah Mudd was last seen Feb. 29 leaving Lebanon Middle School. At 12:48 a.m. March 8, the Lebanon Police received a call from James Brown of 6830 Danville Highway saying that Mudd was at his house.

    Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office picked up Mudd and brought him to the police department, Brady said. Mudd told the police he had been at the Danville Highway residence for two days.

    Brady said Mudd was released to his mother.

  • Paramedic in stable condition after ambulance accident

    Troy Hamilton is listed in stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville as of Tuesday morning.
    Hamilton, 41, is a paramedic with the Marion County EMS. He was injured when the ambulance he was riding in was involved in an accident around 5 p.m. Sunday on Miller Pike.
    According to the Kentucky State Police, Catharine Hubbell, 50, of Gravel Switch was driving the ambulance eastbound on Miller Pike when the vehicle dropped off the shoulder of the roadway, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. The ambulance struck a utility pole and overturned.