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  • Rebuilding lives

    The Rev. Bill Bowling doesn’t want community members to think The Divine Mercy House is a halfway house, because it isn’t. It’s a transitional home.
    “This is a private, faith-based effort,” he said.
    On Aug. 17, the City of Lebanon Board of Zoning Adjustments will meet at Lebanon City Hall to consider a conditional use permit to operate a home at 150 E. Main St.

  • Be yourself

    Sophie Clark stood on the stage with 15 other participants Saturday night. Name after name had been called up to receive their awards. Hers was among them. She had already won the overall scholastic award, an award for talent and another award for self-expression. But when the last envelope was opened to reveal the 2017 Distinguished Young Woman, Clark was overwhelmed when her name was called.
    The crowd erupted. There were cheers from all sides of the Marion County High School Roby Dome as Clark received her bouquet of flowers and a medallion was placed around her neck.

  • Going with the flow

    John "Quincy" Thomas’s first full day as Lebanon Water Works Company’s superintendent was a doozey.
    It was Monday, Jan. 17, 1994, and it was 20 degrees below zero.
    Water lines were freezing and breaking all over the city.
    That morning alone, water lines had burst on Boldrick Avenue, at Graham Memorial Park and on Woodlawn Avenue.
    “That was my first day on the job,” Thomas said. “But, things got better real quick.”

  • Joy Global to be acquired by Komatsu

    Joy Global recently announced an agreement to be acquired by the Japanese-based mining company, Komatsu, for $3.7 billion, but working through the acquisition could take some time.
    Job Global Advertising and Public Relations Manager Caley Clinton said that the agreement will not affect workers for at least another year.
    “Until the acquisition closes, which will be mid-2017, nothing changes in terms of our day-to-day,” she said. “It’s business as usual here.”

  • Meet Marion County’s newest educators

    Abigail Peake
    Abigail Peake is now teaching second grade at Calvary Elementary. She was previously the music teacher at Calvary and Lebanon Elementary School. She received a bachelor’s degree in music and music education from Campbellsville University in 2012, and earned a master of arts degree from the University of the Cumberlands in 2015. She is certified to teach music for preschool through 12th grade and has a certification to teach in an elementary classroom.

    Kandice Spalding

  • Sheriff’s office to purchase K-9 dog

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has plans to employ another officer to help fight drug abuse throughout the county.
    Only, she has four legs, a keen sense of smell and her growl can intimidate the harshest of criminals.
    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be purchasing a K-9 in the near future, and Sheriff Jimmy Clements asked the Marion County Fiscal Court for financial assistance in paying for the animal and its training during the court’s meeting Thursday, Aug. 4.

  • Lebanon man indicted for wanton endangerment, assault

    Steven W. Worley, 26, of 158 Wrights Ct. in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, on or about July 5, Worley manifested extreme indifference to human life and engaged in conduct, which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person. The indictment also states that he intentionally or wantonly caused physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument.

  • Back to school

    There were some tears for the fearful and sad, nervous glances for the reluctant, but mostly there were smiles all around as Marion County students returned to school on Aug. 3. Faculty and staff were ready for the students as they hurriedly started the day with organizing their rooms and learning activities. Many students in elementary enjoyed free breakfast first thing as part of a new initiative which allows all Marion County elementary school students to receive free breakfast and lunch.
    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said it was a great day for Marion County.

  • Tourism commission opens up

    The tourism commission had some explaining to do during their regular monthly meeting at Centre Square on Monday, Aug. 8. With so much talk behind closed doors in two of the last three meetings, the commission was legally forced to discuss what had been talked about in the closed sessions, which ultimately resulted in a declaration of the intent to hire an executive coach.
    Lebanon City Attorney Kandice Engle-Gray was present at the meeting to lend her expertise in how the commission should proceed.

  • Trio inspired by Loretto Motherhouse

    An artist must be inspired to create. That’s why the piano trio, Longleash, picked the Loretto Motherhouse as the location for their annual celebration of American new music called The Loretto Project.
    The event will be held on Aug. 19-20 in Loretto, and will continue on Aug. 21 in Louisville.
    The first day will feature Longleash, which is made up of a cellist, violinist and pianist. John Popham, the cellist, is originally from Louisville, but now lives in New York where the trio is based.