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135 years ago

Nov. 10, 1875                                      
Word to the wise
Sam Chandler, a boy about 12 years of age, met with an accident Friday afternoon which should serve as a warning to others of his class. It appears that he boarded the northbound freight train at the water tank and, when at a point opposite the courthouse, undertook to get off. As he swung himself down, a part of one foot was caught under a wheel of the car, the big toe cut off and the other toes and a portion of the foot badly crushed and lacerated. In this connection we desire to say to the fathers and mothers of Lebanon that, unless they wish to see boys coming home some day on a shutter, maimed or killed, they had better give a little attention to the reckless manner in which they sport about the depot and jump on and off the cars while in motion.

75 years ago

Nov. 15, 1935
Made regular postman
Robert T. Harmon, who has been serving as a substitute city mail carrier for the past seven years, was officially notified Monday that he had been named a regular carrier, his appointment to become effective tomorrow. He will serve city route three, which includes East and West Main streets and the business district and will handle parcel post for all Lebanon. He has been in line for the position since T. Grayson Harrison retired, due to ill health, about a year ago.

School sight purchased
The Marion County Board of Education in session Wednesday at the office of County School Superintendent John W. Clarkson, discussed with Foster Phillips of the W.P.A. district office, Danville, further plans for the construction of a new school at Bradfordsville which is to be erected with federally-appropriated funds, augmented by funds provided by the board of education.

55 years ago

Nov. 18, 1955
Census results
The average Marion County farm measures 114.2-acres in land area and is valued at $9,369. Those figures stem from the agriculture census taken a year ago by the U.S. Census Bureau and were made public for the first time this week.
Since the last complete census in 1950, the report shows the average farm in Marion County has increased in size by 14 acres and grown in value by $1,736.

Radio, TV center opens
Lebanon’s business community took on another member this week with the opening of the Lebanon Radio & Television Appliance Center. The new business, situated in quarters adjoining Kroger food market on South Spalding Avenue, is owned by Billy Higdon and Tommy Tatum, and is to be opened under the latter’s management.

45 years ago

Nov. 18, 1965
Named to Who’s Who
Herman E. Rowlett, Jr., son of the Rev. and Mrs. Herman Rowlett of Lebanon, is one of 23 Georgetown College seniors who have been named to “Who’s Who Among Student in American Universities and Colleges.” Rowlett is 20 and a senior majoring in music at Georgetown. Nominees are selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership and character.

Oil bubbles
Oil bubbled Tusday from a well drilled by J.E. Bickett at Salleetown and first reports indicate it may be the first in a series of successful wells in the southern portion of Marion County. Though what was termed a “successful well” was drilled in the Salleetown area in September, the latest drilling far surpassed the original well, and talk on an “oil boom” in Marion County was spreading rapidly yesterday.

35 years ago

Nov. 13, 1975
Awards presented
Over 170 persons attended the annual Marion County Farm-City banquet Tuesday evening at Marion County High School.
The Outstanding Businessman Award was presented to Ed Marrett. Keith George was Outstanding Young Businessman  The Outstanding Farmer was J.C. Detherage and Outstanding Young Farmer was Donald Lee.

25 years ago

Nov. 13, 1985
U.S. Correction gets bid
As soon as the contingency contract is signed by U.S. Corrections, U.S. Corrections will have 90 days to win local government and approval of their proposal.

“Factory” hopes to turn out happiness
Rocky Wiser of Lebanon announced plans for the location of a new factory in Central Kentucky called Dream Factory, Inc. What is its product?
Happiness. Happiness for seriously and chronically ill children and their families through the fulfillment of a dream. “We don’t use the word terminal in our organization,” said Wiser. “I don’t believe in the word. There’s always hope. We call our children seriously or chronically ill.” Half of the trips are to Disney World.