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  • A dog’s life

    Stem-cell treatments have been a hotly debated topic for several years, but as of last week, those treatments are now an option for Marion County patients.

    Assuming, of course, those patients are animals.

    On April 5, Dr. Sabra St. Germain of All Paws Veterinary Services in Lebanon performed a stem-cell treatment on a rottweiler with hip and joint problems. The dog and its owner prefer to remain anonymous at this time.

  • Loretto awarded half-million dollar grant

    The City of Loretto has been approved for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.

    The grant request is for improvements to the Loretto Senior Center. The plan calls for improvements to the center including a small library, a wellness/fitness area, a learning center, a visiting physician exam area, a kitchen, a craft area, a recreational area and a storm shelter.

    To receive the grant, the city has to advertise for bids within four months and award the contract within five months to receive the state grant.

  • Two Democrats are seeking Secretary of State's office

    When Trey Grayson accepted a position as director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Democrat Elaine Walker to fill the remainder of Grayson's term as Kentucky Secretary of State.

    Walker is seeking the Democratic nomination in hopes of retaining the position, but first she faces a challenge from another Democrat, Allison Lundergren Grimes, in the May 17 primary election.

  • Several downtown businesses affected by smoke

    Normally, Wilber Davis doesn't come into his business, Davis Repair, on Sundays, but on April 10, he decided to do some work on a lawnmower. While he was working, he noticed something that smelled funny.

    "It smelled like plastic burning," Davis said.

  • Commission approves amended budget

    When the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission met March 16, the commissioners wondered what kind of funding they would have going forward.

    As a result, the commission tabled a decision about an amended version of its 2010-11 budget. On Monday, the commission approved the amended budget, which includes $12,000 for the upcoming Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest, which is scheduled for May 20-21.

  • Well done

    For 15 years, the Marion County Cattlemen's Association has been cooking for the county. While their efforts started as a way to promote beef, it has expanded into a public service that benefits many events and organizations.

    The cattlemen have used their grill to raise money for events such as St. Baldrick's and Relay for Life and to help organizations ranging from Future Farmers of America to youth sports programs.

  • School board, superintendent screening committee to meet Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education and the superintendent screening committee will meet together during a special-called meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the board of education office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    Mike Oder, a consultant with the Kentucky School Boards Association, will explain the role of the screening committee in the hiring process, and the school board will give its instruction to the committee members.

  • Tornado watch is in effect

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 6 p.m. today (April 11) for central Kentucky, including Marion County.

    Strong thunderstorms with lightning, heavy rain, small hail and strong winds are expected to affect the area this afternoon. Rainfall up to one inch per hour, frequent cloud to ground lightning and wind gusts up to 45-50 miles per hour are possible.

  • Downtown businesses affected by smoke

    Normally, Wilbert Davis doesn't come into his business, Davis Repair, on Sundays, but on April 10, he decided to do some work on a lawnmower. While he was working, he noticed something that smelled funny.

    “It smelled like plastic burning,” Davis said.

  • Fiscal court to meet at 4 p.m. April 7

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    Items on the agenda include the following:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Consideration of the Kentucky Board of Medical Services Grant

    - Request for cul de sac installation on Guthrie Mays Road

    - Road name clarifications for E-911 mapping and addressing needs

    - Detention center budget for fiscal year 2011-12