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  • Marion County animal control officer has been fired

    Marion County Animal Control Officer Jeff Wooldridge has been fired.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to terminate Wooldridge during its July 7 meeting. The court's decision was made following an executive session that lasted nearly an hour.

  • High school site-based council meeting July 12

    The Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council has scheduled a special-called meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, in the high school library.

    According to the agenda, the council will be conducting interviews for a special education position and the high school boys basketball coach.

    Assistant Principal Robby Peterson said these are two separate positions, but the council may hire one person if it finds someone who can fill both jobs.

  • Fiscal Court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The court's agenda include an executive session per KRS 61.810(1)(f). This provision of the Kentucky Revised Statutes allows governing bodies to go into executive session for discussions or hearings that may lead to the appointment, discipline or dismissal of an employee, although the employee may request a public hearing.

  • Possible drowning reported, false alarm

    A report of a possible drowning Wednesday afternoon at the Lebanon Aquatic Center turned out to be a false alarm.
    At 2:15 p.m. the Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting a possible drowning at the pool.
    When EMS arrived on the scene, they found a female, who had been pulled out of the water by a lifeguard, according to Tony Mann of Marion County EMS. She may have had a seizure.

  • New air ambulance service coming to the area

    Air Methods, the nation's largest air medical transport service, is setting up shop in central Kentucky.

    "We are going to be coming to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport in mid-July, and we are looking forward to it," said Leslie McCabe, area business manager for Air Methods.

    This will be Air Methods' 12th base in Kentucky, and they want to get to know their new neighbors. They are hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 at the airport.

  • Represent!

    "Is there anyone left in Kentucky?"

    Christine Mattingly heard that question a lot while competing in the 54th Distinguished Young Women National Finals held June 23-25 in Mobile, Ala.

    While it's customary for Mississippi and Alabama to bring a big crowd to the competition, it's rather unusual to have such a large following from The Bluegrass State.

    But, as Buddy Hoskinson, chairman of the Kentucky Junior Miss, said, Marion County "knows how to do it right."

  • State police, fire marshal investigating fire at Cozy Corner

    A possible arson caused some damage to the Cozy Corner Tavern in Loretto Thursday morning. Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky State Fire Marshal's Office are conducting an investigation.

    The building is still usable, but it may need some cleaning and renovation.

    "The building's not ruined by no means," Loretto Fire Chief Tommy Hamilton said, "but there is an accelerant smell inside the building and some fire damage."

  • Small-scale high flyers return

    The 2011 Jets Over Kentucky model jet show will have international flair.

    Pilots are expected from Britain, China, Spain, South Korea and throughout the United States, according to event organizer, Lewis "The General" Patton.

    "It should be our biggest ever," Patton said.

    The Jets Over Kentucky showcase opened to the pilots this past weekend, but the public portion of the event will be held Thursday through Sunday, July 7-10, at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

  • Tourism had a $19 million economic impact in 2010

    Tourism had its biggest impact ever on Marion County in 2010. According to the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, tourism had a $19 million economic impact last year.

    That is an increase of $600,000 over the 2009 economic impact, and more than $6 million more than the $12.7 million economic impact of tourism in 2003, when the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission was created.

  • Illegal dumping leads to change in recycling center hours

    The City of Lebanon Recycling Center, located on Woodlawn Avenue, will now only be open Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. due to illegal dumping.

    City Administrator John Thomas said the city has had problems with dumping before, but it recent weeks it has become constant.

    "Mostly on weekends, we would come in and the dumpster would be full of furniture, tires, pallets, waters heaters, you name it," he said.