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  • Expo offers exposure for food processing park

    The Marion County Economic Development staff recently attended the 2013 Process Expo in Chicago as part of the effort to find a business for the Lebanon food processing park.
    The expo is a food and equipment technology show, and according to Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund, they had constant visitors at their booth.
    Lund gave his update about the expo during the Nov. 21 meeting of the Marion County Industrial Foundation Board. He said a lot of companies were interested in the location.

  • Tie One On For Safety ribbons available

    The Marion County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is participating in the 2013 Tie One On for Safety program to encourage sober driving during the holiday season.
    Ribbons are available at local banks. To participate, pick up a ribbon and tie it to your vehicle in a visible place as a reminder to drive sober or to designate a sober driver.
     

  • Court honors Rakes, The Caring Place

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved a pair of resolutions Nov. 21 to honor a fallen sheriff’s deputy and a shelter that serves women and children who have been victims of abuse.
    Nov. 14 was the one-year anniversary of the day Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes was killed after he stopped to check on a motorist on Danville Highway.
    According to the resolution, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will retire Rakes’ badge number, #1204, so that no future deputy will be assigned that number.

  • Hall resigns from MCPS

    Stacey Hall, former principal of Marion County High School and, most recently, the director of federal programs at central office, unexpectedly announced his resignation from Marion County Public Schools last week.
    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser sent an email to staff and the media at 11:57 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22, regarding his resignation.

  • Survivor’s story

    Modern technology helped bring history to life for eighth graders at St. Charles Middle School last week.
    On Nov. 20, the students took part in a video conference with Sylvia Malcmacher, a Holocaust survivor who now lives in Menorah Park, a retirement community in Cleveland, Ohio.
    Malcmacher, 87, was 16 when the Nazis sent her to the concentration camp. When she was freed at the age of 19, she was the only member of her family still alive.

  • Planning the road ahead

    Dion Benningfield and Pat Reed hovered over a map of KY 49 laid out on a table Nov. 21 at Centre Square. Brad Bottoms, a designer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, spoke to them about various options being considered for a future road improvement project.
    “I was just wanting to see what their plans were. I didn’t know how it would affect me,” Benningfield said.
    As it turned out, one option would move the road from in front of his house to behind his house.
    “I’m just going to learn more about it,” Benningfield said.

  • Arson attempt at distillery under investigation

    Representatives from the state fire marshal’s office and a Kentucky State Police arson investigator came to Limestone Branch Distillery Friday, Nov. 22, to investigate an arson attempt.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a report of a possible break-in at Limestone Branch at 5:49 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Upon arriving at the scene, the police discovered an active fire, and the Lebanon Fire Department was contacted.
    According to the Kentucky State Police, the fire did not affect the structural integrity of the building and no injuries were reported.

  • Submit your funny, awkward Santa photos!

    It's that time of year again.
    It's time to take your children to get their photos taken with Santa Claus.
    After all, it's a tradition, right?
    Every year, we dress our children up in their most festive holiday outfits, hoping to get that perfect photo of Santa Claus and little Johnny and Sally smiling with rosy, dimpled cheeks.
    But, let's be honest.
    That rarely, if ever, happens.

  • Commonwealth offers plea to man accused of shooting deputy

    The Commonwealth’s Attorney has made a plea offer to Dewayne Shipp, the man facing murder charges in connection with the death of Marion County Deputy Sheriff Anthony Rakes.

    According to court records, the offer was made Nov. 21 in Marion Circuit Court.

    Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly has scheduled another hearing for Dec. 5 to review Shipp’s response to the offer. The details of the offer are not yet available.

  • Fire report at Limestone Branch Distillery under investigation

    Representatives from the state fire marshal’s office and a Kentucky State Police arson investigator came to Limestone Branch Distillery Friday, Nov. 22, to investigate an attempted arson.

    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a report possible break-in at Limestone Branch at 5:49 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Upon arriving at the scene, the police discovered an active fire, and the Lebanon Fire Department was contacted.