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  • Celebrating all things handmade

    The third annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival took place Saturday at the distillery in Loretto. The festival celebrates all things handmade, and 27 vendors from across the country were on hand to share their handcrafted items with the public. The festival was free, and also included handcrafted food and cocktails, music and a self-guided tour of the distillery. The distillery was expecting 5,000 people to attend the festival, which is held annually on the second Saturday in April.
     

  • Lebanon man gets five years for attempted rape, sodomy

    Christopher Reardon, 24, of 25 Parish Avenue in Lebanon was sentenced to five years in prison in Marion Circuit Court recently for second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, three counts of attempted third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree attempted sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse. Reardon also was ordered to register as a sex offender for 20 years.

  • Four polling places will be moving

    Voters in the Calvary, Firehouse, Glasscock and St. Charles precincts will be going somewhere new to cast their ballots in the Primary Election on May 19.
    "We're trying to keep them as close as possible to where they are now," Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly said.
    Three of those precincts have been moved from inside schools to other locations. Marion County Public Schools officials have been discussing moving those polling places with the county clerk because the change will allow the school district to use election day as a make-up day.

  • “She cared about her employees”

    Marlene Ann Smith never lived in Lebanon, but she left an impact on the community when she decided to open a factory here 29 years ago.
    Smith became the president of Plastic Products when her husband, Willard, died in 1975. The company was struggling at the time, but under her leadership, it opened six factories, purchased Schilling Plastics and reopened Smith Metal Products. When she retired in 2013, the company was valued at $150 million.
    Smith died on April 5. She was 79 years old.

  • Election: Five Democrats trying to replace outgoing treasurer

    Kentucky Democrats will have plenty of options when they go to the polls May 19 to select their nominees.
    Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is in the final year of his second term in office, so he is ineligible for re-election.
    Neville Blakemore of Louisville, Jim Glenn of Owensboro, Daniel B. Grossberg of Louisville, Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling and Rick Nelson of Middlesboro are seeking to succeed Hollenbach.

  • Platinum performance

    A Marion County High School student can claim to be a part of the 1 percent, at least academically.
    Senior Ben Roberts achieved a "platinum" score on the ACT WorkKeys test. He is one of 11 students to attain that level out of more than 10,000 Kentucky students who took the exam, according to Marion County Area Technology Center Principal Brandon Bardin.
    That also placed Roberts among the top 1 percent of test-takers nationally, Bardin said.

  • Spring View Hospital Celebrity of the Quarter

    Marilyn Bland, RN, was recently selected as the Celebrity of the Quarter/DAISY Award Winner for the first quarter of 2015. Pictured with Marilyn are Katy Hallmark, director of the Women’s Center, and Linda Hunter, CNO.
     

  • Sen. Higdon adds more committees to his list

    President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) recently appointed State Senator Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) to the Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). The SLC fosters and encourages intergovernmental cooperation among its 15-member states.

  • KSP make arrest in Sunday morning stabbing

    A man was stabbed early Sunday morning, April 12, and the Kentucky State Police are investigating a case of first-degree assault.
    At 1:16 Sunday, the Lebanon Police Dispatch received a report of a stabbing at Three Pines Bar, which is located off Hwy. 49 between Lebanon and Bradfordsville.
    The victim, Jeremy Cox, 34, of Campbellsville was transported to Spring View Hospital by Marion County EMS and later transferred to University Hospital in Louisville, according to KSP.

  • Flood watch in effect until 3:45 p.m.

    The National Weather Service has issue a flood watch until 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, for much of Central Kentucky, including Marion County.
    According to the weather service, local law enforcement officials are reporting that several low-lying roads are flooded. Drizzle will continue this afternoon, but measurable rain is expected to move out of the area, the weather service reported.
    Looking ahead, showers and thunderstorms are possible every day the rest of this week, according to the weather service.