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  • Central Kentucky Community Action back on its feet

    Two years ago, the future of Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc., was uncertain.
    The agency was experiencing significant financial difficulties, which resulted to changes in their transportation program for senior citizens and to their Head Start program in an effort to reduce expenses. At that time, Lynn Robey, executive director of Central Kentucky Community Action, spoke with government agencies in Marion and surrounding counties and asked for additional financial support in hopes of getting the agency back on its feet.

  • Tax abatement request denied for PDCI

    The Lebanon City Council recently denied a request from Pacific Die Cut Industries (PDCI) Automotive LLC for a five-year tax abatement.
    The company, which makes components for the automotive and transportation industries, located in Lebanon in 2011. They have been renting their facility on Danville Highway for three years, according to Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw, and are building a new facility with plans of using their current facility for storage purposes.

  • Long-time teacher dies

    Long-time Marion County teacher Mary Lewis has died.
    Lewis, 69, was involved in a two-vehicle accident around noon Jan. 15 at the intersection of Depot Street and Walnut Street in Lebanon.
    "It appears something happened to her before they even hit. She was slumped over when she crossed into the intersection," said Lebanon Police Officer Allen Corbett, who investigated the accident.

  • Remembering King

    On Sunday afternoon, scores of people gathered together to remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    As one group gathered at First Baptist Church of Lebanon, another group assembled at the Lebanon Post Office, where the United Concerned Citizens Organization started its annual march for King.
    “Many young people don’t understand the sacrifices he and others made,” said Maria Bell, president of the UCCO.

  • Inmate gets 12 months for assault charge

    Kendrick C. Brown, 24, of the Marion County Detention Center was sentenced to 12 months in prison for fourth-degree assault. His sentence will be served concurrent with his sentence in a federal case.
    This was amended from an original charge of third-degree assault (inmate assault on a corrections employee).

    In other circuit court news:
    - Tracey Scott Smith, 42, of Mock Avenue in Lebanon was sentenced to one year in jail for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second or subsequent offense, and third-degree assault.

  • Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky scholastics award winner

    Rachel Gootee received a preliminary scholastics award Friday evening during the Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky program. Gootee, the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of Marion County, competed in the program Friday and Saturday at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington. Kassie Miller representing Taylor County won the competition. More images can be seen at the following website: www.carpe-imago.smugmug.com.
     

  • Board makes 'progress' in work session

    The Marion County Board of Education used a Jan. 15 work session to reach a consensus about its mid-year superintendent's evaluation and to create committees to look at its public comment policy and the possibility of random drug screenings for school employees.
    The board also discussed how it would evaluate proposals for a guaranteed energy savings contract after they are opened on Jan. 26.
    Toward the end of the meeting, Board Chairman Mike Cecil asked if they liked having a work session.
    The board's newest member, Kaelin Reed, was in favor of it.

  • Gootee wins preliminary scholarship award

    Rachel Gootee received a preliminary scholarship award Friday evening during the Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky program.

    Gootee, the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of Marion County, also performed her talent, a piano piece by Ludwig van Beethoven, on Friday evening.

    The Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky program concluded Saturday at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.

  • Marion Circuit Clerk's Office closed Monday

    The Marion Circuit Clerk’s office will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.
     

  • Retired teacher dies in Thursday accident

    Retired Marion County teacher Mary Lewis has died.

    Lewis, 69, was involved in a two-vehicle accident around noon Thursday at the intersection of Depot Street and Walnut Street in Lebanon.

    "It appears something happened to her before they even hit. She was slumped over when she crossed into the intersection," said Lebanon Police Officer Allen Corbett, who investigated the accident.