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  • Tech center project near complete

    The Marion County Area Technology Center renovation/addition project is expected to be complete by May 15, and the Marion County Board of Education got a tour of the facility during its regular monthly meeting last week.

  • Special Kids, Special Talents

    The 11th annual Special Kids/Special Talents Field Day was held Friday at Lebanon Elementary School. The event recognizes students for their outstanding effort and attitude.

  • Superintendent search: Three men make the cut

    The Marion County Board of Education has selected three candidates to interview for the superintendent's position.

    They are Chuck Hamilton, Mercer County superintendent, Steven Cleo Meadows, Bath County assistant superintendent and William Phil Rison, Montgomery County assistant superintendent.

  • Superintendent candidates announced

    The Marion County Board of Education has selected three candidates to interview for the superintendent's position.

    They are Chuck Hamilton, Mercer County superintendent, Steven Cleo Meadows, Bath County assistant superintendent in Owingsville and William Phil Rison, Montgomery County assistant superintendent in Mount Sterling,

  • Republican Commissioner of Agriculture candidate: Rob Rothenburger

    1. Why are you seeking this office?

  • Republican Commissioner of Agriculture candidate: James Comer

    1. Why are you seeking this office?

    I am seeking the office of Ag Commissioner because I have both a love of agriculture and a vision of agriculture that will help lead the agriculture industry in KY to the next level. I want to help farmers expand markets and add value to existing ones, and I want to help young farm families survive and prosper.


  • Tourism changes in the works

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission's next meeting is scheduled for May 9, but other local organizations will be working on ideas for the commission before then.

    During its April 11 meeting, the Lebanon City Council voted to postpone a decision about the restaurant tax (which provides most of the funding for the tourism commission) and for the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, Marion County Economic Development, Lebanon Main Street Committee and the Centre Square Committee to come up with ideas for the tourism commission.

  • Census: County becoming more diverse

    A majority of Marion County residents live outside of an incorporated city, share their home with at least one other person, and are white. However, the county's minority population has grown considerably since 2000, according to the 2010 Census.

    The Hispanic/Latino population in particular has increased by 235 percent, from 144 people in 2000 to 482 in 2010. (The U.S. Census Bureau considers Hispanic and Latino heritage under ethnicity, not race.)

  • E911 work has begun, still years away

    Marion County is one step closer to acquiring enhanced 911, although it may still be years before the service is available to county citizens.

    Representatives from MapSync and the Lincoln Trail Area Development District met with local officials April 19 at the David R. Hourigan Center. Ron Householder of MapSync led the meeting.

    "The data gathering process begins as soon as we complete this session," he said.

  • Sacred meal

    Lebanon United Methodist Church hosted a prayer service April 21 for Holy Thursday. The service commemorated the last supper Jesus shared with his apostles. The story of that meal, as recounted in Matthew 26: 17-30 and John 13:1-17, was read and re-enacted. Rev. Darren Gillespie pointed out that some of the chairs around the table had been left empty intentionally. "There is always more room to be a disciple," Gillespie said.