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  • Rural prisons keep closing, and few buyers are willing to turn them into new business venues

    By Tim Mandell
    The Rural Blog

    Shuttered rural prisons that once helped boost local economies are becoming a hard sell when it comes to finding new purposes for the facilities, Paul Post reports for The New York Times.

  • Autism walk is April 22

    The 7th annual Working the Puzzle for Autism Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon.
    The walk serves as a fundraiser for the Working the Puzzle for Autism Inc. organization, which has used those funds to purchase Project Lifesaver bracelets (which can be used to track individuals who may wander away), iPods, iPads, Android tablets, and various sensory items.

  • Johnny Boone back in U.S.

    John Robert “Johnny” Boone, the former leader of the Cornbread Mafia, was deported from Canada to the United States and appeared in a federal courtroom last week.
    A spokesperson from the clerk’s office at the U.S. District Court of Vermont said Boone went before a judge April 5, and paperwork was signed to transport him back to Kentucky.
    Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy signed a document saying Boone must appear in the Western District of Kentucky, which is in Louisville.

  • Easter closings

    Several government offices will be closed in observance of the Easter holiday. The following offices at the David R. Hourigan Government Office Building will be closed Friday and Saturday: the Marion County Clerk’s office, Marion County Judge/Executive’s office and the Marion County PVA office.

    The Marion County Judicial Center closes at noon on Friday.

    There will also be no garbage collection in Marion County. If your normal garbage day is Friday, your garbage will be collected on Monday.

  • Springfield Green Festival is April 29

    The Springfield Green Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 29, along Depot Street in Springfield. It’s a family fun event that will feature food, kids games and more. The event is free. 

  • Bold and beautiful

    Sitting in a pool of blood on the floor at Montebello Packaging, in throbbing pain, Brittani McFarland reached up to feel her head.
    “Is my forehead gone?” she asked one of her coworkers. “It took my whole scalp, didn’t it?”

  • Urgent care facility to locate in Lebanon

    A piece of property in Lebanon that once featured a fast food restaurant is going to become the site of a new urgent care clinic.
    Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic, which is based out of Brentwood, Tennessee, will be opening a clinic at the former Long John Silver’s location on West Main Street, according to Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund.
    Its website lists Lebanon, Kentucky as one of its locations.

  • Jailer: ‘We need more resources’

    Costs to operate the Marion County Detention Center continue to rise due to the increase in drug use and criminal activity, and Marion County Jailer Barry Brady is desperate for some additional resources, namely from the state.
    Brady reviewed the detention center’s 2017-18 proposed budget with the Marion County Fiscal Court during its regular monthly meeting Thursday. The budget includes a transfer of funds from the county of nearly $860,000.

  • Multi-purpose facility could cost close to $5 million

    Local leaders received estimates on how much a proposed multipurpose facility at the Marion County Fairgrounds will cost last week, and now it’s time to decide how to proceed with the project and who is going to pay for what.
    The county recently advertised for requests for proposals (RFP), which aren’t official bids, but rather estimates on how much the project will cost, and those proposals were discussed during a meeting Wednesday. Four proposals were submitted, two of them from construction companies in Lebanon.