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  • Board tables decision

    After two hours of listening to a heated debate, the City of Lebanon Board of Zoning Adjustments decided to table its decision about allowing a transitional home at 150 E. Main St. Father Bill Bowling is leading the project, and hoped to get a yes vote during the meeting. He was met with a lot of opposition, however, and board members ended the meeting with questions of their own. They finally voted to table the decision so the members could think on the matter further. No date has been set for the next meeting.

  • Overcrowding jail cells

    The Marion County Detention Center is facing a dilemma, as is every other jail in the state of Kentucky and across the nation.
    It’s overcrowded.
    It’s not a unique problem, and the solution is even more difficult to get a handle on. While the number of inmates continues to increase, so does the number of inmates that must be housed in isolation, due to drugs and mental health issues. Isolation needs create even more overcrowding issues for the jail, as well as staffing issues and a financial strain on the facility, which is almost 20 years old.

  • More than 2,000 children participate in summer programs

    Marion County Public Schools are in full swing after a very busy summer jam-packed with programs for students, as well as a countywide Dream Bus tour.
    MCPS Federal Programs Director Todd Farmer proudly shared some statistics regarding the district’s Summer Dream Academy and Dream Bus during the school board’s regular monthly meeting Aug. 11.  

  • National, state and local races on ballot this November

    Marion County voters will be going to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8, to cast their ballots in contested races for President of the United States, U.S. Senate, Kentucky House of Representatives, District 24, three districts of the Marion County Board of Education, Lebanon, Loretto and Bradfordsville city councils and Soil Conservation District Board members. Voters will also be voting for or against the Marion County Board of Education’s levy of a recallable nickel to raise funds for school facilities.
    The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is Oct. 11.

  • City council calls for consultant

    Lebanon City Councilman Jay Grundy wants you to know that Lebanon isn’t growing. In fact, according to him, it’s declining by two percent every year. While addressing the council outside of his chair at their meeting on Aug. 8, Grundy made a proposal to the rest of the council members to hire a consultant to figure out a way to boost the population in Lebanon.

  • A true country store

    There can be some measure of comfort in familiarity. It’s that constant, that thing a person might take for granted because it is always there no matter what. For many people in Raywick, Blandford’s Store has always been there. Now, after more than 60 years of family ownership, the store is up for sale.
    Owned by Judy and Tommy Blandford since 1986, Judy said it is time for someone else to take it on.

  • Blood donations urgently needed in the final weeks of summer

    The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical summer blood shortage.
    The summer months are among the most challenging times of years to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. Many regular donors delay giving while they take vacation and participate in summer activities. The need for blood doesn’t take a summer break though.

  • Two MCHS seniors reflect on their GSP experiences

    Over the summer, 1,060 high school students representing 118 counties spent five weeks participating in the in the Governor’s Scholars Program. Two of them were Marion County High School seniors Caroline Reed and Sophie Clark.
    GSP started in 1983 because Kentucky leaders wanted to help keep the state’s "best and brightest" to pursue educational and career opportunities in the Commonwealth. Students selected for the program attend without charge.

  • Search warrant on former Bardstown Police Officer was for DNA

    By Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service
     
    The search warrant served on former Bardstown Police Officer Nick Houck Thursday was for a search of his person for DNA evidence, Nelson Commonwealth’s Attorney Terry Geoghegan said Saturday afternoon.
    “I would confirm that’s a part of it,” he told The Kentucky Standard in Bardstown.

  • Receiver named to oversee St. Catharine College assets

    The Springfield Sun

    The doors of St. Catharine College closed permanently on July 31, and now the assets of the school are under the control of a federal court-appointed receiver as the result of a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by Huntington National Bank as trustee, to recoup more than $24 million under various loans, bonds and mortgages.