Written by Leigh Anne Florence and illustrated by Donnie Mather


  • The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 60 new troopers, including Billy J. Begley, 28, of Marion County, during ceremonies held in Frankfort on Sunday, Oct. 30. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 914 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.
    The new troopers started a 23-week training cycle on May 22, 2011 in a class that consisted of 81 cadets. Ten failed initial physical testing during the first two hours. Eleven more resigned during the weeks of constant mental and physical challenges that followed.

  • With Autumn’s arrival and deer hunting season pending, motorists will see increased movement of wildlife throughout the Commonwealth. November is traditionally the heart of deer migration and mating season creating greater potential for deer-car crashes.
    Lt. David Jude, Spokesperson for KSP, says motorists need to take extra precautions when driving in the fall.
    “It is extremely important to recognize this ever-present risk, especially at this time of year when nearly 50 percent of all collisions with deer occur,” remarked Jude.

  • Henry Howard “Cotton” Abell, 94, first started taking pictures when he was 10 years old. He won a kite-flying contest and the first prize was a box camera. He continued taking pictures until a few years ago due to macular degeneration. Cotton took most of the photos featured in Cotton’s Corner, but his first cousin, Bill Abell, also took some. Bill gave Cotton his slides when he moved to Louisville in the 1950s. Some of the photos in Cotton’s collection were also taken by Huley Browne. Browne’s widow, Violet, gave Cotton his slides after he passed away.

  • The 10th annual Marion County Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off will be held Friday, Nov. 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. during the Dickens Christmas Celebration.
    A section of Main Street will be reserved for all participants to set up in close proximity. This should allow our visitors to reach each contestant before the deadline to vote.
    Complete the form and return it to the Marion County Chamber of Commerce office, 239 N. Spalding Ave. Suite 201, Lebanon, by Friday, Nov. 18.
    For more information, call the Chamber office at 692-9594.

  • The Main Street Committee and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce extends an invitation to all Marion County children, between the ages of 3-10 years old, to participate in a drawing that will determine who will light the Community Christmas Tree.
    The lighting of this tree is the official kick-off of the Dickens Christmas Celebration and will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 in Court Square.
    The deadline to enter is 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. The drawing will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21.


    Written by Leigh Anne Florence and illustrated by Donnie Mather


    Written by Leigh Anne Florence • Illustrations by Donnie Mather

  • Heartland coalition
    The Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition will hold its regular monthly meeting at noon today, Oct. 5 at the Marion County Public Library, 201 East Main Street, Lebanon.  Anyone interested in preventing the misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, among the youth in the Marion County community is welcome to attend.  For more information, call  (270) 692-2421.

  • Please note spellings are from forms filled out by participants or volunteers and we apologize for any incorrect spellings.

    Window Contest
    Best Decorated Window Contest: Clean As A Whistle.

    Poster contest
    2011 Ham Days Poster Contest winners are listed by grade, name, school and the place they won.
    • Pre-kindergarten - Elizabeth Holtzclaw, Glasscock Elementary School, first.

  • The first clue is... It's the Pigasus Hunt for 2011!

    Just get out and follow your nose.

    The usual place is where to begin.

    What's at the end? The pig knows.


    The second clue is... Missing in "The Old Mare."