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  • Rejuvenated

    A few years ago, Peggy Downs went to New Orleans to assist families who were recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Later, she went to Belize where she helped build a house for a family.

    Last month, she returned from a trip to Botswana, where she was part of a group of nine people who helped repaint schools and provided companionship to individuals infected with HIV.

  • Music, food featured at festival this weekend

    The Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest is back for a second year, but visitors can expect some noticeable changes from last year, according to event organizer Kenny Marrett.

    "It's a totally different event," Marrett said. "Last year was just a teaser."

    The festival will still include bourbon, barbecue and music, but the event will be on a bigger scale.

    Visitors 21 and older will have the opportunity to sample products by Maker's Mark and Jim Beam.

  • Marion County Judge-Executive takes the stand

    By Jennifer Hewlett

    The Lexington Herald-Leader

    Courtroom spectators sobbed as Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly Jr. described in Fayette Circuit Court on Monday the final 47 days of his 23-year-old son's life.

    John Graves Mattingly III had been shot in the head after robbers invaded his home on Wilson Street in Lexington on May 25, 2006. He never regained consciousness and died July 10, 2006, Mattingly Jr. said.

  • Board approves Phoenix trip for girls basketball team

    The Marion County Board of Education typically approves items on its consent agenda with limited discussion, but that wasn't the case during the May 10 board meeting.

    Vice-Chairman Ed Hacker initially made a motion to approve the consent items, with one exception, a proposed trip by the girls basketball team to play in the Nike Tournament of Champions, Dec. 18-23, in Phoenix, Ariz.

  • JROTC students pursuing CERT program

    In the event of another ice storm or a repeat of last year's flooding, it would be nice if the community had a group of citizens trained to assist with basic first aid and food distribution. According to Brian Bailey, a member of the Marion County High School JROTC, that is possible.

    Bailey spoke to the Marion County Board of Education during its May 10 meeting about creating a Community Emergency Response Team.

  • Board approves press box roof repairs

    A majority of the school board voted in favor of replacing the press box roof at the high school football field.

    Architect George Birk of RossTarrant Architects said the roof is in need of repairs and he recommended replacing it.

    MCHS Athletic Director Stacey Hall said football coaches stand on the roof to film and scout games. Under KHSAA guidelines, he said they are required to provide access to coaches at the highest point at the field.

  • Lund discusses tax incentives with city council

    If everything goes well, the Marion County Economic Development Office may be requesting $200,000 in tax incentives to bring approximately 600 jobs to Lebanon.

    On May 9, Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund spoke with the Lebanon City Council. Mayor Gary Crenshaw said he invited Lund to address the council since they will begin preparing the 2011-12 budget soon.

  • Nuisance property may be torn down

    Plans for the demolition of 322 S. Proctor Knott Avenue could be in the works.

    The property owner, Frank Spragens, has already paid more than $7,000 (on three separate properties) in fines for repeated violations of the city's nuisance property ordinance prior to the May 9 meeting of the Lebanon City Council.

    Lebanon City Building Inspector John Thompson told the council that he has received quotes between $9,000 and $25,000 to tear down the property.

  • Revised tourism budget approved

    The Lebanon City Council approved the revised 2010-11 budget for the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission on May 9. The revised budget includes $12,000 for the Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest, which will take place this weekend, May 20-21, in Lebanon.

    The commission, which also met May 9, received 2011-12 budget and planning recommendations from Executive Director Chris Hamilton. Under the budget recommendations, the commission is projected to receive $584,732 in revenue and to have $446,589.113 in expenses.

  • More than $10,000 raised for Japanese relief effort

    In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, the City of Lebanon, the Marion County Economic Development Office and the Marion County Fiscal Court created a relief fund to assist the victims of the natural disaster.

    Last week, the employees of TBMK presented a donation of $755.11 to the fund. As of last Friday, $10,165.11 has been collected for the relief effort.