Today's News

  • Mail absentee ballots by Jan. 26

    The last day to mail an absentee ballot for the upcoming Feb. 2 special election is Jan. 26. All applications must be in the Marion County clerk’s office by this date. Anyone, who due to age or illness, is unable to go to the polls, may request a ballot. To request an application, call the county clerk’s office at (270) 692-2651.

    Anyone who is going to be out-of-town on this date can come into the office starting Jan. 19 to vote on the absentee machine.


  • Census hiring employees

    Uncle Sam wants you, and he's willing to pay for your help.

    Every 10 years, the government is required by the Constitution to conduct a census of the population, and the U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire an Army of temporary workers to assist with the effort.

    Marion County is one of 14 counties in the Lexington district, and the bureau is looking to hire between 1,200 and 1,500 workers this year, according to Racheal Hampton, the local Census Bureau office manager.

  • Exercise for the non-athlete

    The winter months bring fewer hours of daylight, colder temperatures and more wet weather. Couch potato syndrome is on the rise which means getting the proper amount of physical activity may require creative thinking, especially for children not involved in school sports programs.

    Children should engage in at least one hour of physical activity every day. This does not have to happen all at one time. Just 10 minutes of physical activity can result in health benefits.

  • Manning finishes in top 10 in Kentucky's Junior Miss

    Marion County Junior Miss Michelle Manning placed in the top 10 during the Kentucky Junior Miss competition this past weekend in Lexington. Manning also won the friendship award, the overall fitness award, and a total of $800 in cash scholarships.

  • Retiring Young

    Shelton Young's early encounters with police were mostly positive. There was one exception, however. As a teenager, he had a 1955 Chevy, and sometimes he squealed the tires as he drove it down the street.

    "I was like any other crazy teenager with a car," he said.

    He also happened to drive in front of the house of then-chief of police, Robert Benningfield. When Benningfield heard the squealing, he came outside and signaled for Young to come over.

    "It cost me $20 and I had to wash police cars one Saturday," Young said.

  • Mr. Cobb sure made a fine salad

    Cobb salad is one of my favorites. It's on the menu at many fine restaurants here in Kentucky, and I've had many variations.

    The original Cobb salad was invented in 1926 at the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles by the owner, Bob Cobb.

    The story is he was trying to find ways to use up leftovers! (A man after my own heart!)

    Bob's original salad included chopped avocado, lettuce, celery, tomato, bacon, chicken, hard-boiled egg, watercress and blue cheese.

    Here's a simpler, easier (but delicious) version.

  • Fiscal court to discuss dead animal removal

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

    Among the items on the agenda is the issue of "stockpiling" dead animals for removal. The county took over the dead animal removal last year, but county officials may revise the policy to address concerns over "stockpiling" animals.

    Here is the agenda for the Jan. 21 meeting:


    1)   Consider / Approval  of  Minutes  of  Previous  Meeting

  • Carrico makes history

    Excellence in multiple sports would have left a legacy behind for Tommy Carrico. He just sealed the deal when he inked a golf scholarship with Morehead State University recently.

    Carrico is the first Marion County High School golfer to receive a scholarship from a Division I school directly out of high school, according to boy's golf Head Coach Freddie Leathers. Beverly Brockman received a Division I scholarship but she was one year removed from Marion County when she did so.

  • Jars of hope

    The earthquake that has devastated the capital city of Haiti is an unbelievably cruel disaster for a country that is already one of the poorest and neglected countries in the world. The thousands of lives that have been lost and the devastation that has been left behind are almost too mind-boggling to comprehend.

    But it's real.

    It may be thousands of miles away from us, but there is a simple way we can help the starving people of Haiti who, we might add, have been starving long before this disaster occurred.

  • Remembering Officer David Ford

    Lebanon City Hall was standing room only Tuesday of last week during a memorial service for slain Lebanon Police Officer David Ford.

    Ford was found shot to death in his home in Campbellsville on Feb. 10, 2009. Last week, friends, family and fellow officers took time to remember Ford.

    "I never thought that someone from a small police department like ours could affect so many people," LPD K-9 Officer Byron Richardson said.