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  • Marion County has its own probation and parole office now

    Several years ago, Junior Adams of Lebanon was giving a friend a ride to the probation and parole office in Campbellsville when he noticed several people walking alongside the highway. He wondered why they were walking and soon found out it was because they, too, needed to meet with their probation officer but didn’t have transportation.
    “I thought this is a doggone shame that people have to come over here,” Adams said.

  • Rigdon appeal before Supreme Court

    Lawyers for a Marion County man convicted in the September 2012 slaying of Gleason Pyles in Dunnville are asking the Kentucky Supreme Court to reverse the murder conviction and order a new trial.
    William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon was sentenced in September 2015 to 38 years in prison for shooting Pyles three times at the Tarter pallet mill in Dunnville, where Pyles was employed.
    The prosecution contends Pyles’ murder was over a debt on a motorcycle and the way Pyles left the Iron Horsemen motorcycle club.

  • Locals raise stink over smell in Lebanon

    On the first night of summer, Jeremy Bowman of Lebanon wanted to go outside with his daughter and tend to their garden, but he said he couldn’t because the smell was so bad. He described it as sulfuric and that it was so potent it burned his eyes.
    “It smells like sewage or gas,” he said. “It’s just disgusting.”

  • A true patriot

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    William "Buster" Mattingly passed away at 90 years old on June 14, after a life of service to his country and his family.
    In 1944, just a few years after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring the armed forces to allow anyone to serve, regardless of race, Mattingly joined the Marine Corps and was sent to North Carolina,.

  • Former principal named MCPS director of exceptional child education

    Education has always been a passion for Shelley Badgett, and as the new director of exceptional child education for Marion County Public Schools, she has found her dream job.
    Originally from Canada, Badgett got her degree in elementary education and then moved to the United States in 2000. She then got her masters degree in special education from Campbellsville University. But she knew administration was in her future.

  • Flexibility is key for new city hall

    When the design team created the plans for the new city hall in Lebanon, they wanted the building to represent transparency, strength and stability. Beyond what the building represents, however, they wanted a place the community would be proud to call theirs.
    According to Lindsey Tudor, the director of marketing for Murphy+Graves+Trimble, PLLC (MGT), flexibility was the key cornerstone when creating the designs for the new city hall. She stressed that the new facility will have a long future ahead of it.

  • Lebanon native wins bronze medal

    Double lung recipient Lisa Cissell, a Marion County native, won a bronze medal in racquetball for Team Kentucky 2016 at the Transplant Games of America. Team Kentucky 2016 included 17 transplant recipients and three living kidney donors competed at the Transplant Games of America.
    Her sister Cara Brahm also competed in the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America June 10-15 in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • E'town mall McDonald's extensively damaged by fire

    By Emma Kennedy
    Landmark News Service

    It was only seconds before the roof of Towne Mall's McDonald's collapsed that the last firefighter stumbled out of the building and collapsed to the ground.
    A blaze had started in the front entrance area of the N. Dixie Highway restaurant around 4:15 p.m. Thursday when two managers noticed flames in the mulch of a front entrance garden.

  • County gives $10,300 to Kentucky Classic Arts

    Kentucky Classic Arts brought more than 20,000 people to Centre Square last year, according to Robin Humphress, and she would like to see the facility used even more in the future. But, in order to do that, Kentucky Classic Arts will need more funding, Humphress told members of the Marion County Fiscal Court during the court’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, June 16.

  • 'Hope not dope'

    Since 2014, farmers and universities all across the state have been granted the ability to grow industrial hemp for a state pilot program.
    Madison Hemp and Flax 1806 LLC, owned by Mike Hickey of Marion County, is one of the participants this year.