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  • ‘Over the Top’ preschool registration is Feb. 7

    Marion County Public Schools will be hosting an “Over the Top” preschool registration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at Glasscock Elementary School.
    This event will include games, prizes, free food and balloons.
    Parents of children eligible to attend preschool during the 2015-16 academic years are encouraged to register that day.
    This includes:
    • Parents of children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2015, who may be eligible. These parents will need to bring proof of income.

  • Homicide: Local woman found dead in driveway

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a homicide after a Lebanon woman was found dead in her driveway Thursday evening.
    The KSP received a call from the Lebanon Police Department at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 25, reporting a female who was found lying in her driveway on Parkside Drive in Lebanon with an apparent gunshot wound.
    The victim, Susan D. Summers (a.k.a. Susan Diane Mattingly, a.k.a. Diane Mattingly Summers), 46, was taken to Spring View Hospital where she was pronounced dead by the Marion County Coroner.

  • Industrial Foundation discusses possible summit

    The Marion County Industrial Foundation will consider hosting a summit in 2015 to discuss issues affecting local industries.
    The summit could include discussions on wage comparisons between Lebanon industries and neighboring communities, local educational opportunities and the impact of government programs on the workforce, based on the conversation at the foundation's Dec. 18 meeting.

  • Devastating beetle knocks on Kentucky's door

    By James Bruggers
    Courier-Journal

    The buzz of chainsaws and the roar of wood-chipping machines rip through the crisp air in a rural neighborhood of ranch-style homes here, where stately maples, sycamores, ashes and elms have long painted a fall palate of red and yellow against a blue sky.
    But those colors are vanishing, as a once-robust tree canopy falls prey to the Asian longhorn beetle — an insect invader that threatens not only Ohio, but puts Kentucky and Indiana at high risk as well.

  • Ky's population tops 4.4M for first time

    Kentucky Press News Service

    By adding an average of 38 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Kentucky's population topped 4.4 million for the first time, according to new U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates.
    Kentucky's precise Census tally for 2014 is 4,413,457 making it the 26th most populated state, WKYT in Lexington reports.
    California remained the nation's most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents followed by Texas at 27 million.

  • Swearing in…

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly performed what might be his last swearing-in ceremony at the Lebanon City Council meeting Dec. 8. Pictured along with Mattingly, from left, are council members Darin Spalding, Jerry Abell, Jim Richardson, Kate Palagi, Jay Grundy and John Mattingly. Lebanon Mayor Crenshaw was also sworn in during the Dec. 9 meeting.

  • Sober to start: MADD wants Kentucky to get tougher on drunk drivers

    Marion County’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter and MADD chapters all over the state of Kentucky are working to advance legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
    Legislation has been introduced in the past, but it’s been unsuccessful. However, Mimi Crum, chairperson of the local MADD Community Action Site and volunteer victim advocate, remains hopeful.
    “I understand that Kentucky has a lot of budgetary issues, but we have to save lives, too,” Crum said.

  • Helping people

    Twelve years ago when Roger “Cotton” Smothers announced he was going to run for magistrate, he was told he didn’t have a chance. In fact, one person went as far as to say he would be an embarrassment to his community.
    “I come from a very poor background,” Smothers said. “I didn't have much as a child growing up.”
    Smothers said he and his family got their water from a spring, and had no bathroom in their house.

  • School district accused of wrongful termination

    Three lawsuits were filed against Marion County Public Schools in 2014, and two are still pending.
    The first lawsuit was filed in June and stemmed from accusations of abuse by a former special education teacher. That lawsuit was settled Nov. 17 when the parents of the affected students reached a confidential agreement with the district.

  • Police investigating tire slashings

    The Lebanon Police are investigating a series of tire slashings that started around Dec. 21.
    Victims have been reported on Shuck Avenue and Mulberry Street in Lebanon and at Dunn’s Motors on West Main Street in Lebanon.
    Lebanon Assistant Police Chief Greg Young estimated that at least 67 tires have been slashed since last week. He said he did not know how many different victims have been affected.
    “It’s obvious when you drive by the lot (Dunn’s). They’re probably the biggest victim,” Young said.