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  • 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.

  • Technical theatre, teaching, tattoos

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Summer Intern

    David "Red Beard" Phillips, of Danville, leans against the counter, sketching a tattoo design on a piece of paper.  He touches his red beard (hence the shop's name), which hasn't been cut since 1997 or trimmed since 2001. His customer stands on the other side, tapping his foot as he waits.

    The phone rings, and Phillips, with a fake Scottish accent, yells at it before picking up.

  • Summertime safety

    There are some inherent dangers to summer that can halt plans of fun in the sun. From skin cancer to insect bites, summertime can be dangerous for those who don't play it safe.

    With a greater number of people out and about enjoying the warm weather, the risk for accidents and injuries increases. The National Safe Kids Campaign says statistics indicate children will be rushed to emergency rooms around the country nearly three million times this summer. Higher rates of drowning, motor vehicle accidents and bicycle injuries occur this time of year.

  • The ride of their lives

    Vincente Venegas had never seen a horse in person until last week, when he participated in the Unbridled Hope Horsemanship Camp.

    "I was like, 'Holy crap, they are huge,'" said Venegas, 11, of Lebanon.

    He admitted that he was nervous about riding the horse at first, although he's glad that he did.

    "It's actually fun now," he said.

  • School board meeting Tuesday to discuss drug testing

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the school board office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The items on the agenda include student drug testing, the job description for director of pupil personnel and food services, goals for the new superintendent for the 2011-12 school year, and minutes of the previous school board meeting.

    New Marion County Superintendent Chuck Hamilton officially took over the position July 1.