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  • Fiscal court looking at sanitation rate increase

    Fiscal court looking at sanitation rate increase

    Marion Countians may see their trash collection fees increase in the near future. Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said during the Nov. 15 fiscal court meeting that the county tries to break even on its trash collections costs.

  • Election of 2013-2015 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

    During the upcoming weeks current chamber members will begin receiving ballots containing the names of candidates for the 2013-2015 Marion County Chamber  of Commerce Board of Directors. Also enclosed with the ballots will be a complete bio along with the candidates' responses to two questions. The candidates listed below have consented to serve as chamber directors for a three-year term if elected by you. 

    • Steve Beam, Limestone Branch Distillery

  • Court sets $2 million bond requirement for constable

    Dudley Friend Adle Jr. was in line to become Marion County's first constable in nearly two decades, but the Marion County Fiscal Court has put a significant roadblock in the way.

    At its Nov. 15 meeting, the court voted 4-0 to require the constable to provide a $2 million surety bond before taking office. (Magistrate John Arthur Elder III was not present for the meeting.)

    "What they're saying is they don't want me to do it," said Adle, 75, the day after the meeting.

  • Kara Tingle Rigdon reward fund to close

    The $11,000 reward fund, which was established last year in an effort to obtain information leading to the whereabouts of Kara Tingle Rigdon, is going to be closed at midnight, Friday, Nov. 30. Money will be returned to the various donors, according to Kara's mother, Sheila Tingle.

    Kara has been missing since July 17, 2010, when she was last seen on Beechfork Loop Road in Gravel Switch. Kara, 29, was driving a family member's car that was found two days later on the Bluegrass Parkway.

  • Marion County musician gets screen time in 'Lincoln'

    When Steven Spielberg's newest film, "Lincoln", was released, Marion County's Don Johnson had a personal reason for going to see it.

    He's in the movie.


    "For a half a day's shoot, it's less than 10 seconds of glory," Johnson said, with a laugh.

  • Lebanon woman gets probation in child abuse case

    A Lebanon woman pled guilty to first-degree criminal abuse stemming from broken ribs to her then-5-month-old daughter.

    Victoria O. Berger, 32, of 780 Hwy. 289 Lot #23 in Lebanon received five years of probation on a charge of first-degree criminal abuse. Court documents read that Berger admitted to shaking the baby at approximately 75 percent strength on two occasions.

    Berger has been ordered to serve 90 days in jail and to pay $150 court costs.

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  • Former Raywick fire chief indicted

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles "Chuck" Helm has been indicted on charges of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and abuse of public trust.

    The indictment against Helm, 52, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick was handed down by a Marion County grand jury on Monday, Nov. 19.

  • 'Swiss cheese' annexation case

    The fate of an annexation approved more than six years ago by the Lebanon City Council now rests in the hands of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

    On Nov. 14, Attorney Keith Brown presented the city's case, while Attorney Jim Avritt Sr. spoke on behalf of the property owners who opposed the annexation.

  • Bradfordsville Christmas in the Country drawing near

    It's almost time for Bradfordsville's annual Christmas in the Country celebration.

    Judging for the best decorated house and business in the Bradfordsville area will take place Nov. 30. Participants should make sure their lights are on between 6 and 9 p.m.

    For more information about the decorating contest, call Amy or Kevin at (270) 337-4911.

  • Christmas in the Park is tonight

    Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon will be all aglow Wednesday, Nov. 21, when hundreds of holiday displays and lights will be turned on for the annual Christmas in the Park event.

    The event officially begins at 6:30 p.m., with free cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate. The lighting of the park will occur at 7 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive, in style on one of Lebanon's finest fire trucks, at 7:15 p.m. The event will end at 8 p.m.