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  • Farm Bureau to host legislative breakfast

    The Marion County Farm Bureau is hosting its annual legislative breakfast at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, in Marion County Farm Bureau’s conference room located at 690 Metts Drive in Lebanon. State Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Representative Terry Mills will be present to inform those attending of the current legislative issues, and to answer questions. The public is invited to attend. “We encourage any interested constituent to attend this open meeting,” said Larry Elder, president of Marion County Farm Bureau.
     

  • Feb. 17 to be used as make-up day

    The Marion County Board of Education voted last week to use Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 17, as a make-up day for school attendance. Marion County Public Schools were dismissed on Jan. 6-8 due to extreme cold temperatures, and on Oct. 14 for a staff work day. Because school was also dismissed this past Friday and Tuesday, the last day of school for MCPS is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 23.

  • Fiscal court honors minister, school board

    The Marion County Fiscal Court declared Jan. 17 as Rev. Tommy Calhoun Anniversary and Appreciation Day. Calhoun recently celebrated his 25th anniversary as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Lebanon.
    The court approved the proclamation during its Jan. 16 meeting.
    The court also approved a proclamation declaring January School Board Recognition Month.

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  • Survey work to help identify flooding issues

    Lebanon city officials are continuing to work with O’Brien and Gere Engineers to identify issues that may have contributed to flooding during last year’s heavy rainstorms.
    At the Jan. 13 Lebanon City Council meeting, Building Inspector John Thompson said surveyors are marking locations with white check marks throughout the city, which will assist with aerial photography.

  • Distinguished Young Woman Bailey Spalding represents Marion County at state competition

    Marion County’s Distinguished Young Woman Bailey Spalding competed in the state competition over the weekend, which included the categories of physical fitness, self-expression and talent. More images can be seen at the following link: http://www.carpe-imago.smugmug.com.

  • Bill would prohibit drivers' cellphone use near schools, in work zones in Kentucky

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — On Labor Day weekend in 2007, Hillary Coltharp, then 26, tried to return a text message on her cellphone while driving. She lost control of her convertible on Interstate 24 in McCracken County, resulting in a horrific crash.
    The accident dramatically changed her and her family's lives. With the family's support, her story is being used today by police and public highway officials in Kentucky to urge state lawmakers to adopt tougher measures on phone usage while driving.

  • State issues grants to clean up illegal dumps in 24 counties

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Frankfort – The Energy and Environment Cabinet Monday announced that about $1.36 million in grant funding has been awarded by the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 129 illegal dumps in 24 counties across the state.
    These counties have been awarded grants: Breathitt, Bullitt, Carlisle, Christian, Clark, Crittenden, Cumberland, Elliott, Green, Hart, Henderson, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Mason, Warren, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford.

  • Turning tables

    Rev. Billy Jenkins asked those gathered Sunday afternoon at Lebanon United Methodist Church to turn their Bibles to the Book of Esther.
    In that passage, King Ahasuerus had plans to attack the Jews, but instead, the Jews defeated those who sought to harm them.
    Just as God turned the tables on those who would attack his people, God is still helping to turn tables, Jenkins said to the audience at this year’s Martin Luther King Day program, hosted by the Marion County Chapter of the NAACP.

  • Over the Moon(Pie)

    Steve Beam has enjoyed MoonPies — the chocolate covered, marshmallow-filled, graham cracker dessert sandwich — since he was a kid.
    “I had one in my lunchbox every day. My bother and I both did,” he said.
    Today, he and his brother, Paul, have another reason to like MoonPies even more. Their business, Limestone Branch Distillery, soon will be selling MoonPie Moonshine.
    “We’re hoping for the first week of February,” Steve Beam said.

  • Take steps to protect water pipes

    Recent subzero temperatures created problems for many Marion County residents, including multiple reports of frozen or busted water pipes.
    Jimmy Mudd, superintendent of the Marion County Water District, said they received between 35 and 40 reports of damaged water pipes, and John Q. Thomas, director of Lebanon Water Company, said they received 60 to 70 calls either asking for water to be cut off or reporting busted water pipes.
    Mudd and Thomas also indicated that each of their agencies had leaks in their own lines as a result of last week's subzero conditions.