Today's News

  • Tennis serves up this week

    The Marion County High School boy and girls tennis teams began their seasons this week with a multitude of matches.

    The teams kicked off the season with a match against Bardstown at home on Monday afternoon. The Knights and Lady Knights hosted LaRue County on Tuesday.

    The tennis teams resume play on Thursday against Taylor County on the road. After a day off they continue on Saturday by hosting a Tri Match that includes Marion County, Nelson County High School and Casey County High School.

  • Q & A with former athlete Laura Spragens

    Laura Spragens is a 2004 graduate from Marion County High School who is currently enrolled at the University of Louisville.

    What sports did you play while you were at MCHS? What positions?

    I was a member of the Lady Knights soccer team on which I played mainly forward and midfield positions. I competed in the pole vault, long jump, and triple jump events for the track and field Team. I may still hold the records for the conference in the pole vault and triple jump? I was also a member of the Aqua Knights swim team for three years.

  • Interviews with the finalists started Monday

    March Madness in Marion County started with the announcement that 15 candidates had applied to replace outgoing Superintendent Roger Marcum.

    Last week, the Marion County Board of Education received recommendations from the superintendent screening committee, and Thursday, the board announced it plans to interview Lisa Carroll, Chuck Hamilton, Ed Musgrove and Donald Smith.

    The first interview was held Monday, March 23, with Hamilton.

    Musgrove will be interviewed March 26. Carroll will be interviewed March 30, and Smith will be interviewed March 31.

  • Letters to the editor, March 25


  • Ice storm brought out 'community'

    Local government officials, emergency responders, hospital and nursing home representatives and utility company employees attended a March 17 meeting at the David R. Hourigan Government Center regarding the response to the recent ice storm.

    "The best thing is this showed that we, as a community, could pull together to take care of others," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said at the opening of the meeting.

  • "This profession chose me instead of me choosing it."

    Chuck Helm remembers his first call as an emergency responder. He was fresh out of high school when he joined the Adair County Rescue Squad.

    "In 1978, we didn't have the radio communications and technology we have today," he said. "You were notified by somebody calling on the phone."

    That first call was in response to a 17-year-old boy who had drowned in a creek.

    "I found the body and pulled it out," Helm said.

    He remembers seeing the family's reaction, and it left an impression on him that he'll never forget.

  • Weed control tops checklist of spring garden chores

    There are various odd jobs to address in the garden once spring arrives. Well-timed chores can help us improve the performance of some plants, control others and eliminate some.

    Weeds are usually foremost on people's minds as they make their way back to the garden each spring.  There is no magic bullet for weed control, but we can take some common sense measures to devise an overall management plan.

    Diligence plays a role, as does timing and technique.

  • Sandy is Pet of the Week

    Sandy is a beagle mix that will make a great family pet. The children will love her. She likes to play fletch and be active in the yard. If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there. For a complete listing of pets with pictures visit adoption@petfinder.com. The shelter reminds pet owners that all cats and dogs should have a rabies shot. To adopt an animal, potential owners must complete an adoption application. The animal shelter accepts stray or unwanted animals. The shelter is located off of KY 208 and is open from noon until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.

  • What do you care about?

    Kentuckians are known for many things. We are known for horse racing, for bourbon and for tobacco. We are known for being part of the Bible Belt, and we are known for our nearly religious devotion to our favorite basketball teams.

    And we're also known, regrettably, for not caring too much about education.

    We know there are many individuals who do care - deeply and sincerely - about how and what their own children and all the children in our community are taught.

  • Lady Knights honored at banquet

    Several members of the Marion County High School girls basketball team were honored recently at the post-season banquet.

    Senior Dee Johnson won the "Senior Award" as well as the "Defensive Award." Johnson also joined the career 1,000-point club earlier in the season against Ballard Memorial.

    Freshman Bre Elder won the award for best field goal percentage, finishing the season at 54 percent from the field. Makayla Epps was runner-up, shooting 50 percent from the floor.