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  • Taylor County Deputy charged with federal drug crimes

    By Calen McKinney 

    Landmark News Service

    A sheriff’s deputy has been fired for allegedly breaking the law he worked to uphold.

    Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy William “Billy” Rice was charged Tuesday morning with federal drug crimes and taken to a jail in Bowling Green.

  • Facebook profile scam investigated

    By Stacey Menser

    The Times Leader

    A Caldwell County woman has lost over $1,300 in a scam and wants to warn others to be leery of Facebook “friends.”

    Donna Bell was not surprised to receive a message through Facebook from retired Caldwell County educator Dale Faughn.

    She was, however, confused by the subject matter.

  • Watch out for Obamacare scammers, BBB warns

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Arlington, VA – Consumers across the U.S. are reporting phone calls that claim to be from the government about new health insurance cards required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Better Business Bureau is warning consumers that this is a scam, and it’s growing now that the Oct. 1 implementation date for the Health Insurance Marketplace is here.

  • City council discusses flood study, costs

    Three times this year, downtown Lebanon has flooded due to heavy rains. 

    Following Monday’s regular meeting, the Lebanon City Council spent more than an hour in a work session with representatives of O’Brien and Gere Engineers about what steps are needed to address the problem.

    The initial proposal is to complete a study that would include a topographic study, aerial photogrammetric mapping, hydraulic models and technical memorandums. The cost for completing this study is $118,787.

  • Jump start to reading

    Lebanon Elementary School took part in a national campaign, Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation. On Thursday, Oct. 3, people across the country united to read the children’s book “Otis” by Loren Long. Lebanon Elementary also had several fun activities for children to participate in, which coincided with the theme of Otis the tractor. Don Veatch even parked one of his tractors in front of the school so that students could experience “Otis” firsthand.

  • Special Kids Special Talents

    The annual Special Kids Special Talents Field Day was held at Lebanon Elementary School Friday.

  • Celebrating 100 Years of Service

    The Lebanon Post Office celebrated its 100th anniversary on Friday, Sept. 27. John Bramel provided photos of the staff of the post office from 1913, and a photo of the current staff.

  • Marching Knights compete

    The Marion County High School Marching Knights competed in a band competition in Taylor County recently.

  • Good ‘neighbor’ is gone

    Everybody’s neighbor has passed away.
    Ben Ford, the police service officer for the Lebanon Police Department, died Sunday morning. According to Chief Wally Brady, Ford’s wife was unable to wake him up that morning to come to work at Ham Days.
    “He was a good man,” Brady said. “He’s going to be missed.”
    Ford was known for greeting people with “Howdy, neighbor.”
    “Ben was everybody’s buddy. He never met a stranger,” said Donald Webb, Commander of the VFW Marple/Caldwell Post 5910.

  • District to spend $220,000 on instructional coaches

    The Marion County Board of Education recently approved hiring six new instructional coaches at a cost of $220,000.
    According to Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, most districts throughout the state have instructional coaches, and they are needed to help teachers improve instruction and implement the new Common Core standards, which are a set of academic guidelines that clearly describe what students need to know before they complete each grade level. According to many educators, the new standards are much more rigorous and demanding.