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  • Kentucky food prices hit new highs, up 5.7 percent

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Food prices in Kentucky jumped almost 6 percent in the third quarter over the year before — an increase of $6.45 for basic grocery items — to the highest average in 40 years, according to Kentucky Farm Bureau's quarterly survey.
    The Farm Bureau tracks prices across the state on 40 staples and compares them over time. In September's survey, the total cost was $119.15, up 5.7 percent, to the highest average total in the survey's four-decade history.

  • U.S. Senate reaches deal to end government shutdown

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Just before the federal government declared default, the U.S. Senate announced Oct. 16 that it reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and get the federal government working again. The Senate and House must voted on the measure. Only then did a bill emerge that President Obama signed.

  • Keeping motors running

    More than 50 years ago, Bob Clark decided to quit.
    He was working at General Electric at the time, and he had just purchased a house in Louisville when the workers decided to go on strike.
    “I couldn’t handle that kind of stuff,” Clark said.
    Instead, he returned to Lebanon. He and his brother-in-law opened their own business, Lebanon Power and Apparatus, near Woodlawn Baptist.
    “It wasn’t easy, but it got us started,” Clark said. “It persisted and got a little better every year.”

  • More than just boo-boos and Band-Aids

    When Hollie Mattingly’s son, Levi Hardin, started school at Lebanon Elementary, she was terrified. He has diabetes, and the thought of not being able to personally monitor her son’s blood sugar levels throughout the day worried her tremendously.
    But, Mattingly was reassured that he would be in good hands under the care of school nurse Renee Schooling.

  • Faith to endure

    Louise McKay was a member of Tucker Hill Baptist Church when the congregation met once a month at the old Poplar Corner schoolhouse. She continued to go there when the current church was built on Short Line Pike.
    And she kept going when she, Florine Pope Hart and Fannie Gartin Murrell were the only active members of the church. When people suggested that they would be better off finding a new church, they held firm.
    “We have a church home,” McKay said she would tell people. “And as long as we can, we want to keep the church open.”

  • State police investigating Casey Avenue hold-up

    A Lebanon woman was at home Monday morning when a masked man with a gun approached her in her garage and demanded money.

    April Litsey of 340 Casey Avenue in Lebanon had just pulled into her garage when the incident occurred around 10 a.m. Monday, according to the Kentucky State Police. Litsey gave the man an unspecified amount of money and then he fled the scene on foot.

  • Local woman recovering after accident on KY 208

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Morris Farris is investigating a collision that occurred at 5:48 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, on KY 208, three miles west of Lebanon. Linda Spalding, 73, was traveling east on KY 208 when she ran off the right shoulder and struck a ditch, which caused the vehicle to overturn. Spalding was wearing a seat belt but was transported to Spring View Hospital where she is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Trooper Farris was assisted at the scene by members of the Marion County Sheriff's Department and Marion County EMS.
     

  • Chipper Monks

    The concept of non-attachment is an important part of Buddhist philosophy. In spite of that, many Marion Countians couldn’t help feeling close to the seven monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery who visited the community last week.

    “It’s been a true blessing, and I wish they would be here for a month, forever,” said Mary Batt, who hosted the monks during their stay.

  • Bourbon Chase returns Friday

    Run one, run all.

    The 2013 Bourbon Chase runners and team vans will be crossing Marion County on Friday, and at least one local official hopes the community will come out to support them.

    “We’re going to try and be the most spirited community again,” said Carla Wagner, the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission director. 

    Lebanon last received that award in 2010.

  • Bradfordsville fall festival is Saturday

    The Bradfordsville Fall Festival will take place from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Bradfordsville School and Community Building. 

    The festival will include a cake walk, duck pond, basketball, grocery basket give a way, silent auction, country store, chili supper with chili, pimento or peanut butter sandwiches, desserts and drinks.  

    This is one of only two fund-raisers for the Bradfordsville Civic Center. Everyone is invited to attend.