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  • A class of her own

    Gail King learned early on in her teaching career that if you want children to listen to you, you must first earn their trust.
    For 28 years, she’s earned the trust of thousands of students in Marion County, which is why she was recently named the Outstanding Educator by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
    “I’m glad to know that I’ve made a difference in somebody’s life,” King said. “It takes a village to raise a child, and I’ve been blessed that I’ve been a part of this village for 28 years.”

  • Community prays for refugees

    A group of citizens of all backgrounds, religions, ethnicities and ages gathered together Friday to take part in a community prayer service for refugees at United Presbyterian Church in Lebanon.

  • Making education equal for all MCPS students

    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser wants all students in the Marion County Public School System to have equal opportunities to succeed.
    But, right now, that’s not happening.
    “All” doesn’t mean “all.”
    Students who attend St. Charles Middle School don’t have the same opportunities that Lebanon Middle School students have.

  • Lebanon man wins $40,000 playing Kentucky Lottery

    Jonathan Schooling of Lebanon claimed a $40,000 scratch-off Thursday at lottery headquarters in Louisville.  Schooling had stopped at his local convenient store on Wednesday while on a break from work to buy Kentucky Lottery scratch-off tickets. That stop paid off in a big way.
    Schooling chose to play a $5 Money Madness Doubler ticket at Salem’s Shell Foodmart in Lebanon. After scratching off the winning number of 5 and matching it to one of his numbers, he found out pretty quickly that he’d won the game’s top prize.

  • Lebanon man killed in Tuesday morning accident

    Peter C. Ware, 82, of 128 Cooper Drive in Lebanon was killed Tuesday morning, Feb. 7, when his vehicle collided with a tractor trailer, according to the Lebanon Police Department.
    The accident occurred at 6:59 a.m. on Veterans Memorial Highway.
    According to the police report, Ware was driving a 2007 Toyota Corolla eastbound on Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway and collided with a 2011 Freightliner Tractor Trailer being driven by Vernon Steidinger, 55, of Lexington, Illinois, who was driving westbound on Marion County Veteran Memorial Highway.

  • City responds to former police officer’s lawsuit

    The City of Lebanon has filed its response to a lawsuit filed by former Lebanon Police Officer Joseph Aaron Caldwell. Caldwell, who was fired on Oct. 12 after serving as an officer for almost six years, filed the lawsuit on Nov. 7, claiming the city violated KRS 15.520, the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights, and KRS 95.450(2) by terminating Caldwell for a reason other than inefficiency, misconduct, insubordination or violation of law.

  • Fate of Career Center still unknown

    The largest crowd in recent memory attended the Marion County Fiscal Court’s special-called meeting Jan. 25 in hopes of saving the Career Center in Lebanon.
    The state recently announced that it would be closing 31 centers, including Marion County’s, by Feb. 16.

  • Chamber celebrates 75 years at annual awards banquet

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 75 years at its annual awards banquet Thursday, Jan. 26.

  • The late Gene Lanham inducted into Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame

    The late Gene Lanham of Marion County was honored during this year’s Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention in Lexington.
    Lanham had a lifelong commitment to being a voice for agriculture. Lanham had his start in the dairy industry and served various roles with Dairyman Inc., KYANA Milk Producers and the American Dairy Association.
    After making the switch to beef cattle in 1990, he went on to establish the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association and served as president for more than 15 years.

  • Jail receives $230,000 budget increase from state

    The Marion County Detention Center started reaping the benefits of an $8 per diem contract with the Department of Corrections this week. This will give the jail an estimated $230,000 increase in the annual budget. The reason? Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said it was because of the jail’s Re-entering American Communities with Hope (REACH) program.
    “We have diligently been working with the state,” Brady said. “Marion County is one of the largest programmatic jails. We offer more programs than any other jail across the state.”