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  • County’s budget includes $1.1 million increase in road fund

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved a $15.89 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. That is an increase of more than $1.2 million over the $14.61 million included in the 2013-14 budget.
    The magistrates unanimously approved the second reading of the budget during their June 5 meeting.
    The budget includes $6.67 million in the general fund, which is a slight decrease compared to the $6.68 million included in the 2013-14 budget.

  • Drug abuse is an issue for community, economic develoment

    Years ago, economic development was primarily about selling land and buildings, according to Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund. Today, his office has to do more than that.
    One example of that is the drug problem that is affecting Marion County and many small communities across the state and nation.
    Lund told the audience at the June 6 First Friday Forum that a local factory recently invited one of its customers from Indiana to visit the community.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Kickoff prepares for 10th anniversary celebration

    Lebanon’s Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff (KBMK) has put together an impressive lineup of vocal powerhouses in honor of their 10th anniversary celebration. The Kickoff will be held in Lebanon, on January 23-24, 2015. Musicians from earlier KBMK’s will return to Lebanon for a musical reunion of sorts. Four time IBMA male vocalist of the year Russell Moore and fifth time IBMA female vocalist of the year Dale Ann Bradley will be on stage with the Dale Ann Bradley Band’s Steve Gulley and Phil Ledbetter.

  • German trumpeter returns to Lebanon June 21

    Internationally renowned trumpeter Freidemann Immer will be performing June 21 in Lebanon along with Kentucky Baroque Trumpets.
    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 21 at St. Augustine Church in Lebanon. This will be Immer’s second appearance in Lebanon with Kentucky Baroque Trumpets.

  • Commission discusses hiring ticket sales service

    Robin Humphress has devoted the last few years to developing Kentucky Classic Arts. This has included putting on plays for children and adults and hosting concerts and other events. It's also involved a lot of tickets.
    "We did over 4,000 tickets last year," she told the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission during its June 9 meeting.
    After doing some research, Humphress is asking the tourist commission to consider a contract with one of the services to handle online ticket sales.

  • Walston to lead WMES

    Paula Walston, who was been a reading teacher at Lebanon Elementary School since August of 2002, achieved a life-long goal last week when she was selected to become the West Marion Elementary School Principal.
    The WMES SBDM Council held a special-called meeting Thursday evening, June 5, and after being in closed session for approximately 45 minutes, the council reconvened in open session and unanimously voted to hire Walston as principal.
    “My heart is full,” Walston said Friday afternoon.

  • Lawmakers’ pay disparity prompts review

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – The patchwork of laws and policies for compensating Kentucky’s state legislators has produced an unlikely ranking of lawmakers.
    For instance, in 2013 Rep. Keith Hall’s total compensation — including expenses — was $86,514, which was higher than any House member, even Speaker Greg Stumbo, who ranked second at $83,602.

  • Lung-cancer risks sky high for smokers exposed to carcinogens

    By Laura Ungar
    The Courier-Journal

    Every year, 3,500 Kentuckians lose their lives to lung cancer — and smoking has long been blamed as the culprit.
    But scientists now say it may not be acting alone.
    A growing body of research, including two studies under way at the University of Kentucky, shows the risk of lung cancer is much higher for smokers exposed to carcinogens such as radon, asbestos, arsenic or chromium.

  • Mock Avenue man gets 20 years for burglary

     Eugene H. Owens, 38, of 237 Mock Avenue Apt. 2 in Lebanon was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Marion Circuit Court recently for second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property (firearm), second-degree persistent felony offender, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. 

    That sentence will be served consecutively to his five-year sentence for charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and third-degree burglary, for which his probation was revoked.

     

  • Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 9 p.m.

     The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Central Kentucky until 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.

    According to the weather service, scattered thunderstorms will develop through the day. The strongest storms could produce winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The main threat from these storms will be heavy rain, which could cause localized flooding.