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Today's News

  • Another pole vault state champ

    Last Saturday, the middle school members of the Marion County track team headed to the University of Louisville to compete in the 2013 KTCCCA Middle School State Championship track meet.  Overall, five athletes from Marion County competed in the meet. Laurel Brahm, Ty Divine, Dalton Riggs, Talena Brown, and Dylan Bradshaw each competed in their respective events.
    Bradshaw was the highlight of the meet for Marion County. Just like his mentor, Brooks Divine, did last week, Bradshaw captured the state title in pole vault.

  • Postseason on the diamond

    Well, as you are reading this column, the 5th Region softball tournament is already underway. The Marion County Lady Knights were scheduled to play on Monday in the tournament, but as I am typing this, due to an early deadline, I do not know their opponent or time of the game yet. However, I do know the tournament will be held in Nelson County.

  • Soldier on

    Everyone has a story to tell … if we listen.
    Veteran James Spalding, 95, has always been reluctant to share his story, specifically his experiences during World War II.
    He’s seen and experienced things that are unfathomable to most of us. And he remembers practically every moment, down to the very last detail.
    But, if you ask him, his story isn’t anything special.

  • Lady Knights finish second in district

    The Marion County Lady Knights varsity softball team competed in the 20th District Tournament last week, playing their first round game on Mya 20 at Campbellsville.
    After defeating Camp-bellsville, 14-2, the Lady Knights advanced to the district championship game against Taylor County, which was played Wednesday night. Marion County lost to Taylor County 4-0, becoming the district runner-ups. The games were played at the Lindsey Wilson College softball field as Adair County hosted the tournament.

  • Open & accountable

    The Gravel Switch Fire Department is going through some big changes.
    Recently, the leadership of the department has changed, with Kevin Rogers taking over as chief and Jamie Garrett taking over as assistant chief. They replace former chief Larry Vaughn and his assistant chief Vincent Tungate.
    The Gravel Switch community has also created a new advisory council to provide oversight and assistance to the fire department.

  • Celebrate academic achievements

    As we put another school year behind us – and as parents wait for the inevitable cries of “I’m bored” in the not-too-distant future – now is a good time to take a closer look at all of the good things going on academically.
    Over the long term, perhaps the best news came out of a 2012 Harvard study, which showed Kentucky tying for fifth among the states when measuring the gains our students have made over the last 20 years in math, reading and science.

  • Jo. Bell Field dedication is this afternoon

    The dedication of Jo. Bell Field at Graham Memorial Park will take place this afternoon.

    The dedication was originaly planned for Thursday, May 30, but it has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 4, at 5:15 p.m.

  • Inmate commits suicide at MCDC

    For the first time in more than 10 years, an inmate has committed suicide at the Marion County Detention Center.
    The incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m., Monday, May 27.
    A fellow inmate found Victor Aaron Mattingly, 36, of Springfield unresponsive in a bathroom. The staff attempted CPR, and called Marion County EMS, according to Jailer Barry Brady, who was out of town when the incident occurred.
    Brady said the jail’s staff, the inmates and Marion County EMS personnel handled the situation very professionally.

  • Gravel Switch woman recovering from accident

    Kristin Courey, 18, of Gravel Switch is recovering after a single-vehicle accident Tuesday.

    According to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, Courey was driving west on US 68 in a 2001 Buick when she lost control of the vehicle in a curve seven miles east of Lebanon. According to the accident report, Courey overcorrected and her vehicle left the roadway, collided with an embankment, overturned, and came to rest in a ditch.

    Courey was flown from the scene to University Hospital in Louisville, but she was no longer listed as a patient on Thursday.

  • Highway dedicated to fallen deputy

    At 1 p.m. Friday, a section of US 68 from the eastern city limit of Lebanon to the end of Marion County was dedicated as the Deputy Sheriff Carl Anthony Rakes Memorial Highway.

    Rakes was killed Nov. 14, 2012, during a traffic stop on US 68.

    Patty Dunaway, chief district engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, gave a brief introduction. State Rep. Terry Mills, who sponsored the resolution to rename the highway in Rakes' honor also spoke.