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  • District hires new special education director

    Amber Ervin was recently hired as the new director of special education and preschool for the Marion County school district.

    Marion County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton made the official announcement at last week's school board meeting.

    "We are pleased to have found leadership from within the system to fill such an important role for our students' continued successes," Hamilton wrote on the school district's web site.

  • State champs!

    The girls 9- and 10-year-old Marion County All-Star team made history last week by becoming the first local All-Star softball team to win the state championship. A celebratory parade for the team will be held at 6 p.m., July 19. The parade will begin at Marion County High School and end at Lebanon Elementary School.

    Read more about the team’s win in this week’s sports section.

  • Commission reviews tourism tax collection

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission receives a monthly report showing which businesses have - and have not - turned in the restaurant taxes they have collected. The commission took a closer look at the tax collection process during its July 9 meeting.

    Lori Boone, the Lebanon tax administrator, spoke with the commissioners and answered questions about the tax collection process, with a focus on delinquent taxes.

  • Time, effort can go a long way toward getting fit

    It's no secret that Americans are getting bigger and not in a good way.

    Among Kentucky residents, 33 percent of children, 60 percent of women and 80 percent of men are considered overweight or obese, according to recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control.

    The good news is that Marion County has resources for anyone who wants to become healthier.

  • AG warns of utility bill scam

    Kentucky consumers are being warned about a new identity theft scam that involves utility bills, Attorney General Jack Conway has announced.

    In the scam, fraudsters claim President Barack Obama will pay their utility bill through a new federal program through the Federal Reserve. Conway said this program does not exist.

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  • Two transported by ambulance after collision on Cemetery Road

    Two people were injured following a head-on collision Thursday afternoon on Cemetery Road in Lebanon.

    Thomas R. Leake, 21, and Marion F. Buckman, 81, both of Lebanon, were transported to Spring View Hospital by Marion County EMS following the collision. Both men were treated and released from the hospital.

    According to the Lebanon Police, Leake was driving southbound on Cemetery Road in a 2011 Chevy Impala. Buckman had pulled out of a driveway and was heading northbound in a 1998 Chevy S10 truck.

  • Jets Over Kentucky returns this weekend

    The world's largest radio-controlled jet showcase is back at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport. While the model jet pilots have already started using the airport, spectators are invited to watch from Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 15. Admission is $5.

    The biggest days for spectators will be Friday and Saturday. On Friday, RC jet demonstrations will take place from 9 a.m. to dark. The day will conclude with the parade of lights and a fireworks display.

  • E911 efforts continue

    The efforts to bring E911 to Marion County are continuing, but full implementation is still a year or more away, according to local officials.

    "Hopefully within a year we can be there," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said.

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw was a bit more cautious.

    "My guess is that we're 18 months to 24 months off," he said.

    Nevertheless, both think the county is moving closer to providing E911 service.

  • Mayor, police taking a new approach to drug problems

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw wants to do something about the drug problem affecting our community, and he's looking for people who want to help.

    During the July 6 First Friday Forum at the David R. Hourigan Government Center, Crenshaw asked what local leaders need to do to address substance abuse issues affecting Lebanon and Marion County.