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  • Sheriff's office continues to investigate armed robbery at liquor store

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that was reported at 9:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Simms 208 Liquors in Lebanon.
    The robber, who is approximately six feet tall, was covered as much as possible and wore a mask during the robbery, according to Deputy Ray Gardner.
    The Kentucky State Police and the Taylor County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation overnight, according to Gardner.

  • School board holding special-called meeting at 1 p.m.

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the board of education office to approve the second reading of revised policies regarding bidding and procurement.

  • Santa Claus is coming to Loretto

    Santa Claus will be visiting the Loretto area on Sunday, Dec. 14. He will be going from house to house on a fire truck with the Loretto Fire Department. Due to safety concerns, this year Santa will be staying within the city limits of Loretto for his house to house visits. However, for the people who live outside city limits, there will be designated locations for children to visit Santa. Depending on the number of children waiting for Santa, he may be earlier or later than the following schedule. So keep your eyes and ears open. You will hear Santa coming!
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  • Uncommon lawyer

    Joe Mattingly’s first day as the county attorney was one he’ll never forget.
    The Department of Corrections called to let him know that the state was going to close the Marion County Jail later that week.
    "The same afternoon, I get a call from a lawyer in Frankfort. They had sued the county and the county had not responded,” Mattingly said.
    The judge had scheduled a hearing just a few days later, and the caller wanted to know if Mattingly would be there to represent the county.

  • Former Raywick fire chief pleads guilty to abuse of public trust

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm pled guilty to abuse of public trust on Nov. 20 in Marion Circuit Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18.
    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick was indicted in November of 2012. He was originally charged with abuse of public trust between $10,000 and $100,000 and theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more.

  • Educating the educators

    Tammy Parman leaned over to get a closer look at a student’s essay about her grandmother.
    “You don’t have to tell me your next paragraph is going to give me examples,” Parman suggested. “You let me figure that out.”

  • Luxco acquires an interest in Limestone Branch Distillery

    Luxco announced Tuesday, Dec. 2, that the company will acquire a 50 percent equity position in Limestone Branch Distillery. The distillery going forward will be operated jointly by the two companies. 

  • Olivier named new tourism director

    Nena Olivier is the new executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.
    During a special-called meeting Dec. 3, the commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Olivier to the fill the position vacated by Carla Abbi. Commission Chairman James Spragens said Olivier was the best candidate for the position.
    He said the commission received 20 applications and five of those applicants were interviewed for the job. He added that he has been impressed with Olivier’s “quiet confidence” about the job.

  • Another pipeline in the works

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    On the heels of a victory for local community members fighting to keep the Bluegrass Pipeline from passing through central Kentucky, another project has been proposed that residents fear could bring the same, or even greater, risks.
    A public forum was held Dec. 2 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s (ECTC) Springfield campus, and several people expressed concerns over the most recent proposal.