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  • MCPS hires new Early Childhood Education Director

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    Amy Willis started as the Early Childhood Education Director for the Marion County Public School System just over a week ago and she’s beyond excited to start the school year.

  • Lebanon man indicted for burglary

    Hector Alfonso Rodas, 20, of 117 E. Mulberry St. in Lebanon was indicted for second-degree burglary, first-degree and third degree unlawful transaction with a minor and first-degree attempted transaction with a minor in Marion Circuit Court recently.

  • Ready, set, jet

    The smell of jet fuel filled the air. The sound of engines screamed as the small airplanes took off down the runway. People watched in awe as RC jets took to the sky in formations that could rival their larger counterparts.
    Headed by Lewis Patton, Jets Over Kentucky saw its best weekend yet at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport on Saturday.
    “It was an overwhelming success,” Patton said. “This was probably our best event in 12 years.”

  • Limestone Branch Distillery: Exciting things to come

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    Limestone Branch Distillery has been open since 2011, making bourbon and other liquors. Now they have some new and exciting things on the horizon.
    The distillery is owned by brothers Steve and Paul Beam who come from a long line of distillers, five generations to be exact, before the prohibition interrupted, now it's seven generations.

  • Paint the best pig, win a pie

    “Paint The Pig” – on canvas, that is.
    The Marion County Arts and Humanities Council is inviting all artists for a fun competition for this year’s Marion County Country Ham Days Festival. And a homemade pie from Henning’s Restaurant will go to the winner “for pigging out.”

  • School board explores options for Ray House

    Some people want to preserve the Ray House. Others want to burn it to the ground.
    Eric Whisman gave a presentation to the school board on behalf of the Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation during the July 14 school board meeting. He spoke about the Ray House located on Main Street next to Lebanon Elementary School. The building is owned by the school system, but is not up to code for use by the schools.
    “I think you have a great asset there that really needs to be fleshed out a little bit more,” Whisman said.

  • Washington County man indicted for two counts of murder

    The man arrested in connection with the disappearance and murders of a Florence, Kentucky, couple has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury.
    Craig Pennington, 52, of 1217 Texas Road in Springfield, has been indicted on 11 counts in relation to the deaths of Robert “Bobby” Jones, 38, and Crystal Warner, 35, who were last seen on July 3 at Pennington’s residence.

  • Malawi mission: 99-year-old woman to make dresses for African children

    Preston Price unfolded the pink material on a table in front of his 99-year-old mother, Mary. She smiled widely at it, rubbing the soft material between her fingers.
    “This is so beautiful,” she said.
    The material will soon be a dress. Mary knew she would never meet the African girl who would wear it, but that didn’t stifle her joy. She was just happy to get back to work, particularly if it meant helping somebody.
    “I wanted to give her a therapy with something she used to do,” Price said. “She loves the idea.”

  • Long-time Legion commander passes torch

    Jim Bob Moore has been commander of the American Legion Post 49 so long he can’t remember how many years it’s been. Some say 30 years. Others say 40.
    “Back years ago, you didn’t put records down,” Moore said. “I imagine I’ve been commander for about 30 years.”
    In any case, it is clear to many of those he led that he was a good commander. Many see him as the one who kept the Legion together here in Lebanon. But at the age of 90, Moore feels it is time to step down and pass the torch onto someone else.

  • Finding a home

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    The Marion County Animal Shelter has been saving dogs and cats for years, working tirelessly to get animals to rescue groups and into permanent homes.
    The shelter has a high adoption rate, Marion County Animal Control Officer Kay Turpin said. Last year, they placed 447 dogs with rescue groups in the U.S and Canada and adopted 114 dogs into local homes.