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  • Three Republicans seek party's gubernatorial nomination

    Gov. Steve Beshear is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, but three Republicans are hoping to challenge him in November.

    On May 17, Republican voters will have a choice between Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, businessman Phil Moffett and Senate President David Williams. All three have campaigned on the need for change in the governor's office, and each is convinced that he or she is the best candidate for the job.

  • Second time's a charm

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously voted to hire Chuck Hamilton as superintendent during a special-called meeting Thursday, May 5.

    Hamilton, who has been the Mercer County superintendent for the last two years, said being able to serve as the superintendent in his hometown is a dream come true.

    "When you look at a career in education... this is the pinnacle within a local school district," he said. "It actually is a dream come true to be able to do this in my hometown."

  • Primary election is May 17

    The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 for the 2010 Primary Election.

    Only voters who were registered with a specific party before Jan. 1 or first-time voters who registered with a party after Jan. 1 are eligible to participate in the primary.

    Voters who do not know if they are eligible to vote can call the Marion County Clerk's Office at 692-2651. To find out where to vote, citizens can call the county clerk's office or visit www.elect.ky.gov and follow the "Where Do I Vote" link.

  • Epps pleads guilty to reckless driving

    Marion County boys basketball coach Anthony Epps pled guilty to reckless driving Friday, May 5, in Marion District Court.

    Epps was arrested Oct. 23, 2010, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. At the time of the arrest, Officer Greg Young conducted field tests and made the arrest on the basis of those tests. On the night of the arrest, Epps called an attorney, and after that call, he declined to take a Breathalyzer test.

  • US 68 Garage Tour is Saturday

    Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Hardin's Garage, 114 Taylor Avenue in Lebanon.

    The U.S. 68 Garage Tour has attracted vehicles from throughout the state. Fords, Chevrolets, Mercuries and more were part of last year's show, and vehicles came from as far away as Crofton, Hopkinsville, Jamestown and Lexington.

  • Postal service food drive is Saturday

    Letter carriers in Lebanon and throughout Marion County are hosting their annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive Saturday, May 14. Postal customers are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items in their mailboxes or at the place where they receive their mail, and your carrier will pick them up. Food donations can also be dropped off at the Lebanon Post Office.

    Every year, the food drive provides thousands of pounds of food, which will be distributed to organizations in Marion County on Monday, May 16.

  • Youth center temporarily closes

    The Marion County Youth Center will temporarily cease operations effective May 15, according to a press release from Jerry Evans.

    Evans said during the past two years of operation it has been necessary to consistently use personal funds to keep the doors open. The center has been unsuccessful in getting any grants or additional funding.

  • Fiscal Court names reapportionment committee

    During its May 5 meeting, the Marion County Fiscal Court appointed the members of the reapportionment committee. Carroll Kirkland, J.B. Thomas and Donnie Thompson will be looking at what adjustments may be needed to the magisterial district boundaries.

    Every 10 years, a reapportionment committee determines if any changes are needed to the magisterial district based on the most recent Census.

  • Lexington murder trial set to begin May 16

    By Josh Kegley,

    The Lexington Herald-Leader

    The death penalty is no longer a sentencing option for the men accused of the 2006 murder of John G. Mattingly III, 23. Mattingly III, the son of Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly and Janet Mattingly, was a student at the University of Kentucky at the time of the shooting.

  • City council meets at 7 p.m.

    The Lebanon City Council is schedule to meet at 7 p.m. tonight, May 9, in regular session a city hall.

    Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund is scheduled to speak with the council about economic development incentives.

    Other items on the agenda include minutes of the previous meeting, payment of bills and department reports.