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  • Tourism approves t-shirt purchase for 5K

    Another 5K could be held in Lebanon next spring.
    The Marion County Baseball Booster Club is planning to host the Turtle Run 5K on March 1, 2014. The name of the race is intended to play up Lebanon’s connection to the Turtleman, but also the contrast between turtle and run, according to Sam Bach of the booster club.
    Bach presented a request for assistance to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission during its Dec. 9 meeting.  She said the booster club held a 5K before a football game in the fall, but they wanted to try a different race in the spring.

  • Shipp pleads guilty to deputy’s murder

    Dewayne Shipp has pled guilty to murder of a police officer and to being a felon in possession of a handgun. With his plea, Shipp has admitted to shooting and killing Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes on Nov. 14, 2012.

  • Shipp pleads guilty to deputy’s murder

     Dewayne Shipp has pled guilty to murder of a police officer and to being a felon in possession of a handgun. With his plea, Shipp has admitted to shooting and killing Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes on Nov. 14, 2012.

  • 'Hee Haw' at St. Joe Dec. 15 and 28

    Anyone who missed the Dec. 15  "Hee Haw" performance at St. Joe will have a second chance to see it at 5 p.m. Dec. 29.

    Admission is a donation, which will go to the St. Joe Community Center. Refreshments will be served after the performance.

    For more information, call 270-692-7429.

  • Firefighters combat fire at 975 Marlowe Lane

    Firefighters from the Bradfordsville, Lebanon and Gravel Switch Fire Departments responded to a fire at 975 Marlowe Lane in Bradfordsville. The fire was reported to the Lebanon Police Dispatch at 10:13 a.m. Dec. 11.

    No injuries were reported in the fire, but the house received severe damage.

    "It was a total loss," Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson said.

    John Duncan Jr., 38, and his wife, Lisa, 42, their daughter, Kayla Vance, 19, and her husband, Zachary, 21, resided in the house.

  • County more prepared with help of American Red Cross

    The 2009 ice storm was a “rude awakening” for Marion County, according to Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly. It showed the community it could be better prepared, Mattingly said, and since then the county has become more involved with the American Red Cross.
    The American Red Cross was the topic during the First Friday Forum at the Marion County Economic Development Office on Dec. 6. Susan Hardin, the director for the newly named “Heart of Kentucky Chapter” of the American Red Cross, said when it comes to disasters, county lines don’t matter.

  • Officers honored for DUI arrests

    Lebanon Police Officer J.D. Holliday and Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Tristan Hayden were among the 206 officers recognized for their efforts to stop drunk and impaired drivers at the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards on Dec. 3 at the Marriott Louisville East.
    According to the highway safety office, Holliday made 46 DUI arrests, and Hayden arrested 13 people for DUI.
    Last year, more than 5,750 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 146 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries, were reported in Kentucky.

  • Santa Claus is coming to Loretto

    Santa Claus will be visiting the Loretto area on Sunday, Dec. 15. He will be going from house to house on the fire engine with the Loretto Fire Department. Due to safety concerns for the public and the fire department members, this year Santa will be staying within the city limits of Loretto for his house to house visits. However, for the people who live outside the city limits of Loretto we will have designated locations for you to bring your children to visit with Santa Claus.
    Santa will do his best to follow this schedule:

  • Serious about Horsin’ Around

    Years ago, Bev Lee was working as a special education teacher. She recalls a Friday night when she was still at school at 4:45 p.m. filling out paperwork.
    She and the janitor were the only two people in the building. She remembers praying for God to show her another way to help kids.
    The next week, she learned about a camp for children with special needs, and she started volunteering. Eventually, that became a full-time job, which included a stint running camps for Paul Newman in Connecticut and in Ireland.

  • Cities will need to name electrical inspectors

    In April, the county voted to name Coy Neat as its electrical inspector. Now, Marion County’s incorporated cities may need to consider if they want to name their own inspector.
    Michael Shannon, the county’s former electrical inspector, now serves as the State Electrical Inspector for the Department of Housing, Building and Construction. He told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Dec. 5 meeting that the state would be enforcing a law that has been on the books since the 1980s.
    "They are no longer going to be ignored," Shannon said.