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Today's News

  • Winterizing strawberry plants

    Perhaps the last garden chore of the season is tucking in the strawberry planting for winter. Strawberry plants have already set their buds for next spring's flowers and the crop can be lost unless you protect them from harsh winter conditions.

    A fully dormant strawberry plant's flower buds can be damaged at temperatures below 15 deg. F.

    In addition to flower bud damage, the alternate freezing and thawing of the soil that commonly occurs in winter and early spring can cause plant roots to break and the plants to be heaved right out of the ground.

  • Voters: No to 'nickel'

    Marion County voters waited more than a year to have their say on whether the "recallable nickel" would be added to the tax rate for Marion County Public Schools.

    And last Tuesday, the voters' answer was a resounding no. Nearly six out of every 10 voters cast ballots against the "recallable nickel".

    In 16 of the 17 county precincts, a majority of voters opposed the nickel. The courthouse precinct is the only precinct where a majority of voters supported the "nickel."

  • Prune brambles now

    It's time to clean up the bramble patch:  in order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.

    Most brambles are biennial which means they fruit on second-year growth.  Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer which will bear next summer's fruit.  Repeat the same thing next year!

  • School grieves, on alert

    More than 20 state, city and county law enforcement officers were stationed at Marion County High School Monday after alleged threats had been made against students and staff.

    According to police, after an apparent suicide of a Marion County High School student on Friday afternoon, unsubstantiated reports were received by law enforcement suggesting possible threats being made toward students and staff at the school.

    The student was identified by school officials as sophomore Cody Greenwell.

  • County officials want to help tech center expand

    The recallable nickel was defeated at the polls last week, but Marion County officials want to find another way to make improvements at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Magistrate John Arthur Elder III brought up the tech center during the Nov. 6 fiscal court meeting. He noted that the county brings in around $2 million from occupational taxes.

    "Without that funding, this county would be in dire need," Elder said.

  • Lebanon Middle School to play at Rupp Arena

    The Lebanon Middle School eighth grade girls' basketball team will vie for their second state championship in as many years on Nov. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Rupp Arena.

    The undefeated squad dispatched Crawford, Martin, Wayne County and Lincoln County on Saturday and Sunday to set up a title bout against Crosby in Rupp.

    The Lady Patriots hosted the conference tournament championship Monday night. Results were not known at press time.

    Head Coach Trent Milby did not return a phone message before deadline and was unavailable for comment.

  • Historical society looking to move into Centre Square

    The Lebanon City Council reaffirmed a commitment to the Marion County Historical Society Monday evening, voting unanimously that the historical society can use the third floor of the Centre Square Arts and Culture Center (the former Lebanon High School building).

    At the same time, the council was clear that it was not making any financial commitment at this time.

  • Road ordinance revisions in the works

    Change is coming.

    That's not an election year slogan. It's a description of the Marion County road ordinance.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of a revised ordinance during it's Oct. 16 meeting, but decided to postpone the second reading until the Nov. 20 meeting.

    Marion County Judge-Executive John G. Mattingly said the changes to the ordinance were recommended by the county planning committee.

    "Most of the changes were corrective in nature," Mattingly said.

  • Soup is worth repeating

    My daughters both asked me to write down this week's recipe for them so they could make it. I first made it in 1999 and everyone who has ever tried it seems to really like it.

    I haven't run it in my column since 2000. So, here it is again in case you didn't get to try it the first time. I guarantee this to be delicious.

    I noted on my daughters' copy and will note here that when I make this soup, I use more onion, carrot and celery than is called for-maybe twice as much.

  • Letter to the Editor - Relay for Life to kick off

    Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. there will be a kick off meeting for the Marion County Relay for Life of 2009 at the Farm Bureau meeting room on Metts Drive.  The 2009 Relay will be held on June 5.

    The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is a way to fight back against that terrible scourge, cancer.  It is also a way to celebrate those who have survived this terrible disease and to remember those who have lost this battle.