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  • WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Trent Clutts a.k.a. “Bill Cody”

    When the afternoon school bell rang at Lebanon Junior High School, 12-year-old Trent Clutts would rush to the WLBN studios to feed his fascination with the radio.
    He and his parents, William and Helen Clutts, moved to Lebanon from Alabama in the early 1960s, when Clutts was in the third grade. And, by the time he was in junior high, he was spending all of his free time at WLBN, listening to Frank Kemp do the morning and afternoon country music shows.

  • WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Bobby Jack Murphy

    When Rob Lynch was growing up, most of his friends could recite the Cincinnati Reds starting lineup, but Lynch could recite the broadcast line-up for WAKY.
    Today, Lynch works down the hall from WAKY for the Big Cat 105.5 FM WLVK in Elizabethtown. On the air, he’s known as Bobby Jack Murphy, and in a sense, he is the station’s lead-off hitter, working the morning shift.
    “You hopefully start somebody’s day with a smile on their face," Lynch said.

  • Smoking cessation class Aug. 27

    Anyone who has ever thought of quitting smoking is encouraged to attend a smoking cessation class from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Marion County Public Library. Anyone who has said, “I’ll quit some day” is welcome to come to this free class. For more information, call (270) 692-6024.
     

  • Chickens still an issue for city

    In May, the Lebanon City Council reaffirmed its support for a ban against raising chickens in city limits. Last week, they got a reminder that poultry is still a problem.
    At the council’s Aug. 12 meeting, Kim Bell of St. Rose Road said one of her neighbors has had chickens for at least two years, and one rooster specifically has caused frequent problems for her.
    "He stays in my yard," she said.

  • Education fund created for sons of ATV accident victim

    Family members of William J. “Billy Joe” Cecil are trying to help his sons further their education.
    Cecil, 40, of Finley died Aug. 11 as the result of a collision involving his 2012 Polaris Razor ATV and a Chevy pickup truck.
    Cecil was driving his ATV on Hwy. 208 in Calvary, when Joseph M. Spalding, 28, of Lebanon crossed the centerline in a 2002 Chevy truck and struck the ATV, according to the Kentucky State Police.

  • County tax rates remain unchanged

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has set its tax rates, and they are the same as they have been for several years.
    On Aug. 15, the magistrates voted 4-0 to keep the rates the same as in 2012. (Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers was not present at last week's meeting.)
    The county's real estate tax rate will remain 8.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The tangible tax rate and the vehicle property tax rate will both stay at 10.9 cents per $100 valuation.

    Addressing ordinance

  • Bar owner denies responsibility for death in civil lawsuit

    The owner of the Raywick Bar and Grill has denied responsibility for the death of David Litsey Jr. in his answer to a civil lawsuit filed by Litsey’s father.
    Litsey Jr., 22, died Nov. 9, 2012, after he was shot outside of the bar.
    Christopher Gribbins, 46, of 821 Dangerfield Road in Hodgenville was indicted for murder in connection with Litsey Jr.’s death. According to court records, Gribbins was identified as discharging a firearm that resulted Litsey Jr’s death.
    Gribbins has entered a plea of not guilty to the murder charge.

  • Derrick’s story

    Derrick Hutchins, 24, grew up as a typical country boy.
    The son of a EMT/volunteer for the Loretto Fire Department and an elementary school teacher, Derrick had a very normal life. Tony and Mary Kaye Hutchins raised Derrick and his two younger sisters, Erin, 21, and Kathleen, 16, on a beautiful piece of property in Loretto, just feet away from where Mary Kaye grew up as a child.
    Derrick loved to hunt, fish and play the guitar.
    He played basketball and went to conservation camp every year as a kid.

  • Lookadoo brings humor and hope

    Justin Lookadoo is more than just a motivational speaker.
    He’s a humodicator.
    He uses humor to motivate and educate students and communities at-large.
    And he will be traveling from his home in Dallas, Texas, to Marion County this week to speak to local middle schools, the high school and the community.
    His message is one of hope, empowerment and understanding how to have meaningful, healthy relationships.

  • New pipeline project pops up

    Many Marion County residents are wondering whether the Bluegrass Pipeline project will be bringing natural gas liquids through the community. Meanwhile, another project could take advantage of a pipeline that's already here.
    On Aug. 7, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., and MarkWest Utica EMG, L.L.C, announced a joint venture that includes converting 900 miles of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to carry up to 200,000 barrels of natural gas liquids daily.