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  • 'We don't want to miss a beat'

    The Marion County Public School System’s celebration after the recallable nickel passed during the General Election last week was short and sweet.
    School district officials aren’t wasting any time in their mission to improve school facilities and possibly attain additional funding from the state.

  • Never forget

    The air was cold, but hearts were warm as community members gathered to remember Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes Monday night.
    As the music played outside the David R. Hourigan Government Center, people slowly lit candles one-by-one in honor of Rakes.
    Family members spoke in remembrance of their loved one and community leaders told of a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

  • Voters sweep incumbents in school board elections

    The Marion County Board of Education will feature three new faces in January.
    During last week’s election, all three current school board members who were on the ballot were defeated. In District I, Carrie Truitt defeated incumbent DeLane Pinkston, who had been serving on the school board since 1981. In District 4, Peggy Downs defeated Board Chairman Mike Cecil, who has been on the board since 2010. And, in District 5, Brad Cox defeated Jeroyd F. “Jerry” Evans, who was appointed to fill the vacant District 5 seat in 2014.

  • Reed ready for new direction

    Election Day was full of surprises, both on a national level and here at home. William Brandon Reed defeated long-time democratic incumbent, Terry Mills, in the state representative race by 1,591 votes.
    In Marion County, Mills beat Reed with a resounding 5,973 votes to 2,117 votes, but it was LaRue and Green counties that wrote the rest of the story. In Green County, Reed came out ahead 3,812 to 1,344. In LaRue County (where Reed lives), Reed ended the night with 4,634 to Mills’ 1,655.

  • Chief nervous about police shortage

    The Lebanon Police department will soon be understaffed, but Police Chief Wally Brady wants people to know that the streets will still be covered.
    Brady addressed the Lebanon City Council on Monday, Nov. 7, to report on the current staffing issues with the department.
    “I was in service training last week with 100 chiefs across the state of Kentucky,” Brady said, “and all the police departments across the state of Kentucky are dealing with the same situation that we’re dealing with.”

  • Relay For Life undergoes changes

    Marion and Washington counties will be joining together for the next Relay For Life event in June at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.
    According to Relay For Life Community Manager Drew Underwood, the event will look a lot different than previous years.
    “We’re really trying to do a lot of things differently,” he said. “It used to be a cookie cutter event. It didn’t really matter what city you went to, what time of year it was, it was always the same.”

  • Thanksgiving closings, garbage pickup and more

    There will be no garbage pick-up in Marion County on Thursday, Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day. The normal Thursday garbage route will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Friday garbage route will be picked up on Monday, Nov. 28. Please set our your garbage earlier than normal.
    Lebanon City Hall, Marion County Clerk’s office, PVA office, county judges office, Marion Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be closed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Those offices will re-open Monday, Nov. 28.

  • Spencer County educator hired to lead LMS

    Lebanon Middle School has a new principal.
    Tuesday evening, Nov. 14, the Lebanon Middle School SBDM Council selected Millie Blandford to become the LMS principal after Christina McRay resigned to become the principal at the Marion County Area Technology Center.
    Blandford has been working in the education field for going on 22 years now. She taught science for 17 years, and has served as an assistant principal for Spencer County Middle School since 2012.

  • Loretto man indicted for rape

    Charles Josh Blanford, 36, of 375 Rueben Smith Road in Loretto was indicted in Marion Circuit Court recently for first-degree rape, incest and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. According to the indictment, in October of 2015, Blanford committed rape and incest. His bond was set at $50,000, and was ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness.

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  • Attorney indicted for allegedly stealing from local client

    Landmark News Service

    An attorney was arrested Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, by Kentucky State Police and the FBI on an indictment that alleges he stole more than $200,000 from an area client following a civil settlement.
    Danny Perkins Butler, 70, who lives in Campbellsville, was indicted on two Class C felony counts and faces up to 10 years in prison, on each count, if found guilty.