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  • Lebanon City Council briefs

    The City of Lebanon will be spending $100,000 out of its general fund, along with $109,000 from the state and $295,000 of carryover funds to make road improvements throughout the city in 2017-18. This is the first time the city has ever used money out of its general fund for road work, but it’s greatly needed, according to Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw and Lebanon City Administrator John Thomas.
    Last week, the city council approved a list of roads that need work.
    “The list of streets are certainly some of the worst,” Thomas said.

  • Bishop Thompson promoted to Archbishop of Indianapolis

    Pope Francis has named Bishop Charles C. Thompson of Evansville, Indiana, to head the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
    Archbishop Thompson, who has been Evansville's bishop since 2011, will succeed Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, who was named to head the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, last November.
    The appointment was announced June 13 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on June 15.
    The court was joined by Phyllis Filiatreau on behalf of the Marion County Health District. Filiatreau reported that the health district has approved the 2017 tax rate of 3 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is the same rate as last year. Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty reported that the Marion County Health Department surplused a gas generator to the county and it is stored at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

  • Fitness is Fun Camp

    Fitness is Fun camp got students active throughout the week playing fun and exciting games. They also made time to create crafts and eat healthy snacks. The group also attended a Lexington Legends baseball game.

  • Former LaRue County sheriff charged with embezzling, using office for personal gain

    Last week, a former LaRue County sheriff was charged with embezzling money that was under his care and custody, and belonged to LaRue County.
    Bobby Carlton Shoffner, 58, of Hodgenville, was the LaRue County sheriff in 2011-12, and during that time was responsible for collecting and remitting franchise tax payments and property tax payments.

  • Media Arts Camp

    This year, the Media Arts Camp partnered with the Migrant Education Program to provide opportunities for a variety of students in Marion County. Students participated in team building activities and created videos in iMovie to promote the camp and friendship. Throughout the week they visited KET studios and the Muhammed Ali Center.

  • Their new norm

    Dec. 6, 2016 was intended to be a day of Christmas shopping for Martha Ann Mattingly. She had no way of knowing that it would become one of the most frightening days of her family’s life.

  • Superintendent exceeding school board’s expectations

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser continues to do an “exemplary” job, according to the members of the Marion County Board of Education who conducted Schlosser’s performance evaluation on June 14.
    After meeting in closed session for more than two hours, the board (minus Board Member Peggy Downs who was not in attendance due to her mother’s passing) reconvened in open session and Board Chairman Butch Cecil read the board’s summative evaluation statement out loud.

  • MCPS providing free books through literacy campaigns

    Through the use of three separate summer literacy programs, Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and Marion County Public Schools are trying to ensure that children throughout Marion County have ample access to reading material during the summer months.
    Young people in the county have already started receiving free books from the school district and will see more in the near future through three programs: the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Scholastic’s My Books Summer program, and a preschool summer readiness program.

  • Lebanon man sentenced to 15 years in prison

    Charles Lewis Gaddie, 36, of Lebanon pleaded guilty in Marion Circuit Court recently to amended charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth) and two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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