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  • MCHS mini-renovation on the horizon

    Marion County High School is 41 years old, and it's starting to show, which is why a mini-renovation is being planned for the facility this summer.

    Marion County Superintendent Chuck Hamilton began discussing the project during a school board meeting Tuesday of last week.

    "It's time to start getting serious about the discussions if we really intend to do this and possibly have it done over the summer," Hamilton said to board members.

  • The High Life

    Det. Byron Richardson had dealt with many drug addicts in his career. Regardless of whether they abuse illicit substances or prescription pills, many are convinced they can stop using whenever they want.

    Richardson said he hasn't yet met anyone who could do so on his or her own.

    "There's two ends to any drug abuse. They're going to go to prison or they're going to end up dead," the Lebanon police officer said. "Unless they go and get professional help."

  • Tourist commissioner resigns

    KFC/Taco Bell, the restaurant owned by outgoing Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Chairman Dan Lawson, is five months delinquent in paying its restaurant taxes.

    On Sunday, Lawson resigned from his position on the commission.

    "It is with great disappointment and sorrow that I write this letter informing you of my resignation as a commissioner of the LTCC," he wrote to Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw.

  • Wilbert Plastic Services to supply parts for Ford Escape

    Local and state officials joined with Wilbert Plastic Services employees Dec. 14 to celebrate a joint venture with the Ford Motor Company.

    Wilbert Plastic Services has received Q1 certification, which means it met the quality standards required to become a parts supplier for Ford. Wilbert is slated to begin manufacturing interior plastic parts for the new Ford Escape, one of which was on display during last week's presentation. The Escape is manufactured in Louisville.

  • Fiscal court to meet Dec. 15

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of previous meetings

    - Second reading of an amendment to the 2011-12 budget

    - Budget transfer within the 2011-12 budget

    - Appointment of a part-time maintenance staff position at the Marion County Judicial Center

  • A dozen storm grates have been stolen in Lebanon

    A few pieces of a Lebanon have gone missing. Specifically, twelve cast iron storm grates have been stolen.

    "They weight anywhere from 90 to 100 pounds, and they're usually stuck in the ground pretty tight," City Administrator John O. Thomas said.

    The Lebanon Police Department is already looking into the thefts, and the city has contacted recycling and salvage centers.

  • Wilbert Plastic Services to supply parts for Ford Escape

    In his first official act as Lt. Governor, Jerry Abramson stopped in Lebanon to announce up to 150 new jobs will be coming to Lebanon soon.

    "When folks in passing say 150 jobs, that's 150 families who are really going to have a chance to join with you and provide for themselves and or their kids," Abramson said.

    Wilbert Plastics Services qualified for Q1 certification earlier this year, and as a result it will begin supplying interior plastic parts for the Ford Escape.

  • Bradfordsville man gets diversion for facilitation to arson

    Kevin Rance Watson, 23, of 303 Riverview Drive in Bradfordsville received five years of pretrial diversion after pleading guilty to three counts of criminal facilitation to second-degree arson. He was ordered to pay $150 court cost and a $1,000 fine.
    Watson was originally accused of three counts of arson in an indictment handed down in September of 2010. The charges stemmed from incidents April 22, May 15, and June 22, 2010, when buildings at 401 Riverview Drive, 405 Riverview Drive and E. Central Avenue in Bradfordsville were damaged.

  • Police to purchase M-16s

    The Lebanon City Council has approved allowing the Lebanon Police Department to purchase 17 M-16 rifles. The council voted 5-0 to approve the purchase Monday evening.

    Councilman Darin Spalding was not present for Monday's meeting.

    Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady made the request, saying he wanted to have patrol rifles for his officers. The police department has the opportunity to purchase the rifles for $50 apiece plus $30 to ship each rifle.

  • City approves first reading of annexation ordinances

    The Lebanon City Council approved the first readings of three annexations ordinances Monday evening.

    The city intends to annex 985 Bradfordsville Highway, 915 Bradfordsville Highway, and the property in the Highway 49 right of way on the city's northern border.

    Before the annexations are officials, the city must approve a second reading and publish the ordinances.