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  • Carla Abbi hired as Springfield Tourism Director

    Carla Abbi, who resigned as the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission in September, was hired last week by the Springfield Tourism Commission to be its very first executive director.
    Abbi, who married Dr. Atam Abbi of Springfield, said when she resigned in September that she was stepping down from her position in Lebanon so that she could spend more time with her family.

  • Blood drive is Nov. 29 at WMES

    The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help ensure sufficient blood supplies are available for patients this holiday season. Blood donations often decline during the holidays when donors get busy with travel and family gatherings, but the need for blood remains steady. Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
    Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative.

  • Christmas in the Park is Nov. 26

    Christmas in the Park will take place at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon Wednesday, Nov. 26.
    The event will officially begin at 6:30 p.m., with free cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate. The lighting of the park will be at 7 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive on one of Lebanon's finest fire trucks at 7:15 p.m.
    The park staff invites you to come out and visit with Santa, enjoy refreshments and walk the track taking in all of the beautiful displays sponsored or donated by local merchants and individuals.

  • MCPS plans for inclement weather

    With the winter months quickly approaching Marion County Public Schools would like to communicate the following protocol regarding the cancellation of school in the event of inclement weather:  

  • Tourist commission to begin interviews for new director

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has not had an executive director since Sept. 16, when Carla Abbi (formerly Carla Wagner) resigned from that position.
    During Monday’s commission meeting, Chairman James Spragens said a subcommittee including himself, Nancy Shockency and David Winebrenner Jr. would be interviewing candidates this week.
    The final decision about the next executive director will rest with the full commission, however.

  • City’s Public Works Department named “Service Industry of the Year”

    The Marion County Economic Development Office named the City of Lebanon’s Public Works Department as this year’s “Service Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet Friday in Lebanon.
    During the award presentation, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said that most of the work that the city’s public works employees do on a daily basis is “often unseen and underappreciated.”

  • Maker’s Mark named Industry of the Year

    The Marion County Economic Development Office named Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc. the “Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet Friday in Lebanon.
    Maker’s Mark is currently underway with a two-part expansion construction project in Loretto. The distillery’s $70 million expansion will increase production capacity and add barrel rack houses, nearly doubling its capacity.

  • Lexington ceremony part of nationwide effort to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    In a downtown Lexington church on Sunday, Mildred Bailey, 72, spoke of her mother's struggles with Alzheimer's disease, which took her life 10 years ago.
    Bailey recalled how her mother once prayed every night for her nine children by name, with specific requests for each, but in her later years she couldn't remember their names.

  • Project seeks faces behind Vietnam wall's names

    By Martha Elson
    The Courier-Journal

    Everette Bailey had written to his family in Georgetown, Ky., describing a vision of Jesus he had while sitting on a mountainside, telling him "not to fear," that he was going home.
    Soon thereafter, military men arrived at his mother's house during a family get-together to tell them he had indeed gone home.
    He had been killed in Vietnam, said Brenda Hillstrand, his niece.

  • Beshear encourages Kentuckians to shop for health insurance on Kynect

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear encouraged Kentuckians on Monday to start shopping for health insurance as soon as this weekend on an improved kynect.ky.gov, the insurance exchange implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act.
    Speaking at a Capitol news conference, Beshear said some Kentuckians might find lower prices by shopping on Kynect during open enrollment, which begins Saturday and ends Feb. 15.