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Japanese Relief Fund is being created

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By Stephen Lega

The City of Lebanon, Marion County Economic Development and Marion County Fiscal Court are creating a Japanese Relief Fund in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck early in the morning of March 11. At least 300 people are reported to have died, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The earthquake caused the collapse of buildings as far as 240 miles from the epicenter and created 30-foot high tsunamis.

Cash donations and checks can be dropped off at Lebanon City Hall, 118 S. Proctor Knott Avenue. Checks should be written out to "City of Lebanon Japanese Relief Fund."

For more information, call City Administrator John Thomas at (270) 692-6272, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly at 692-3451 or Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund at 692-6002.