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Today's News

  • Maroon - White scrimmage set for Thursday

    Marion County football Head Coach Jeff Robbins and his staff entered spring practice with a lot of questions. Practice is officially over after Thursday's Maroon - White scrimmage, but a lot of those questions will remain unanswered.

    "Right now we're just trying to see where everybody is," Robbins said. "Some guys have stepped up. Some guys need to step up, because they're not there yet. All and all it's been a very productive spring practice."

  • Closing doors

    In a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice William Brennan wrote this country has "a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials."

     

    Kentucky legislators failed to honor that principle when they voted to allow elected school board members to evaluate the performance of school superintendents in secret.

     

  • Students, parents concerned about JROTC's future

    Elizabeth Matusz, a cadet in the Marion County High School JROTC program, stood before the high school's site-based council March 24. While occasionally fighting tears, she urged the council to allow the program to continue.

    "Give us one more year to get our numbers back up and to get our program back to what it can be," she said.

    A room filled with students, parents, former JROTC members and instructors were also there to show their support for the program.

  • ML King Avenue will be closed for construction Tuesday

    Tuesday morning, April 6, a portion of Martin Luther King Avenue will be closed for sewer construction/connection to the new Marion County Judicial Center, according to an announcement from Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly. ML King Avenue wlll be closed between Spalding Avenue and Harrison Street.

    The public will be able to access the David R. Hourigan Building from J.T. Whitlock Drive. Businesses on ML King Avenue will be accessible by entering from Harrison Street.

  • FORE-thought

    When Mike Gootee started building a golf course in Marion County, he recalled a friend asking him if he knew what he was doing. Gootee thought that he did, although he admits that he questioned himself about halfway through construction.

    "But it worked out," he said.

    Today, the Rosewood Golf Club has 100 members, attracts thousands of visitors and enjoys considerable support from its home community. A subdivision has developed around the course and a cluster of cabins can provide overnight lodging for up to 44 people per night.

  • Lady Knights start strong

    The Marion County High School softball team started the season off strong after winning two out of three games in their first week.

    The Lady Knights thumped Lincoln County 12-1 on Friday at Lincoln.

    "We hit the ball pretty good that day. Our defense played really good," Heach Coach Trent Milby said. "Allye Hamilton pitched really well against Lincoln County. That's probably her best-pitched game other than Nelson. We made the plays against Lincoln."

  • Angell-Demmel receives $1 million economic development grant

    Gov. Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder joined community and company officials in Marion County to announce a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the city of Lebanon Wednesday morning. The grant will benefit Angell-Demmel North America Corp., a Tier 1 manufacturer of decorative trim products for the automotive industry, bringing more than 50 new jobs and an investment in excess of $4.8 million to the Commonwealth.

  • Every citizen counts in Kentucky

    Do you know how many people in Kentucky are age 65 or older?

    In the year 2000, that number was 504,793.

    How about the number of Kentucky homes that heat with electricity?

    38.8 percent.

    Kentucky's household size? 2.47 people.

    Median age? 35.9

    And the percent of families with children 5 or under who live under the poverty level?

    21.6 percent.

    How do I know all this?

    The 2000 U.S. Census.

    Call up the Census Web site and you are quickly overwhelmed with an avalanche of data of all kinds, shapes and sizes.

  • Former extension agent enters Alford plea in animal cruelty case

    A former Marion County agriculture extension agent indicted for animal cruelty has entered an Alford plea.

    Ed Lanham Jr., 47, of 1035 Logan Hill Road in Gravel Switch received 12 months of probation in exchange for his March 22 Alford plea.

  • Education briefs: May 28 is the last day for students

    The last day of school for students is scheduled to be Friday, May 28, and the closing day for teachers and staff will be Monday June 1, according to the Marion County Board of Education's recent amendments, which were made to the school calendar last week.

    The board approved two days for Spring Break - April 8-9 - and decided to use May 18 (Election Day) as a day off for students but a working day for faculty and staff.