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  • Council votes down tourism budget

    The Lebanon City Council voted down the proposed 2011-12 budget for the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Monday evening. Councilmen Jerry Abell, Jay Grundy, Kenny Marrett and Jim Richardson voted against the budget, while Councilwoman Kate Palagi and Denise Fogle voted to approve it.

    Marrett said the budget included too much marketing and too little event funding.

    "There's $100,000 in marketing and $58,000 in investments. I think those two numbers should be reversed," he said.

  • Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 9 p.m.

    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. for several Kentucky counties, including Marion County.

    Storms are expected to move into south and central Kentucky this afternoon, according to the weather service. Wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and isolated, but brief tornadoes are possible with this storm system.

  • City council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to hold a special-called meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. There are two items on the agenda.

    First, the council will consider the first reading of its amended 2010-11 budget. And third, the council will consider the first reading of its 2011-12 budget.

  • Mattingly wins fitness award in Distinguished Young Woman competition

    Christine Mattingly of Lebanon has received a preliminary fitness award at the 54th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Mattingly performed her fitness routine Thursday and the preliminary awards for that category were announced on Friday. 

    Mattingly, along with 49 other state representatives, has been in Mobile, Ala. for the past two weeks participating in community activities and preparing for the national scholarship competition.

  • Tornado watch in effect until 9 p.m.

    Marion County is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23.

    The National Weather Service has issued the watch for south central Indiana and central Kentucky. This afternoon and evening severe storms are expected to pass through the area.

    Damaging winds and hail are expected to be the main threats from the storm system, according to the weather service. Brief but torrential rainfall is also possible.

    A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornados.

  • Tourism posting new highs in revenue, economic impact

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is wrapping up its best year ever, according to Chris Hamilton, the commission's executive director.

    During the commission's June 13 meeting, Hamilton reported that 2010-11 has been a record-setting year in terms of revenue from dining and lodging and the overall economic impact of tourism in the county.

    "Folks, we had a hell of a year," Hamilton told the commissioners.

  • 'Faces of Cancer' exhibit on display at library

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, one of those words may be hope.

    A photographic tribute to cancer survivors will be on display at the Marion County Public Library until June 30. The traveling exhibit was created by the Kentucky Cancer Program to honor and celebrate survivors. Inspirational stories about each survivor accompany each image.

    And one of Marion County's own is among those being honored.

  • A step ahead

    More than 200 students graduated from Marion County High School recently, and many of them are a step ahead of their college classmates before ever stepping one foot on campus.

    Advanced Placement courses, which were once believed to be only for the "advanced" or "elite" students, are becoming more popular among students at the high school, and as a result, more courses are being offered and more students are getting college credit.

  • Marion County teen competes for more than $140,000 in college scholarships

    Christine Mattingly of Lebanon arrived in Mobile, Ala., on Sunday, June 12, to participate in the 54th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Mattingly is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of $142,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011.

  • Drug testing decision tabled

    There will not be student drug testing at Marion County High School, for now at least.

    The Marion County Board of Education tabled the decision to approve a drug testing policy Tuesday evening, June 14, during its regular monthly meeting.

    In March, the board unanimously voted to adopt a resolution for a drug-testing program at MCHS for the 2011-12 school year.