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In the aftermath of the 2009 ice storm, many citizens have taken it upon themselves to clean up their yards and haul the debris to staging areas, where it will be processed and hauled away.
Beyond that, many citizens have even helped family, friends and neighbors to clean up their yards.
In every community and every corner of the county, citizens can be proud of the work they have done.
Unfortunately, there is still much work to do.
City workers in Lebanon are still cleaning up along roadsides and sidewalks, and county crews have begun that task of clearing the right-of-way along 290 miles of county roads.
Private contractors will be tackling the state roads.
In the county's small cities, Bradfordsville, Loretto and Raywick, city officials indicated that citizens had either (a) done a lot of work on their own or (b) did not have a lot of work to do.
According to Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly, county road crews would normally be hard at work blacktopping, maintaining roads and making repairs where needed. With all the debris remaining, it may be some time before road crews can get back to doing road work.
In the meantime, citizens can continue to help by hauling more debris to staging areas or by helping those citizens who can't.
If you, a group of your friends, or maybe your church, civic or community organization want to help, please contact the county judge's office at (270) 692-3451.
You've done a lot already, citizens, but if you have the energy to make one more big push, we'll all be better off for it.