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  • Distinguished Young Woman Bailey Spalding represents Marion County at state competition

    Marion County’s Distinguished Young Woman Bailey Spalding competed in the state competition over the weekend, which included the categories of physical fitness, self-expression and talent. More images can be seen at the following link: http://www.carpe-imago.smugmug.com.

  • Bill would prohibit drivers' cellphone use near schools, in work zones in Kentucky

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — On Labor Day weekend in 2007, Hillary Coltharp, then 26, tried to return a text message on her cellphone while driving. She lost control of her convertible on Interstate 24 in McCracken County, resulting in a horrific crash.
    The accident dramatically changed her and her family's lives. With the family's support, her story is being used today by police and public highway officials in Kentucky to urge state lawmakers to adopt tougher measures on phone usage while driving.

  • State issues grants to clean up illegal dumps in 24 counties

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Frankfort – The Energy and Environment Cabinet Monday announced that about $1.36 million in grant funding has been awarded by the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 129 illegal dumps in 24 counties across the state.
    These counties have been awarded grants: Breathitt, Bullitt, Carlisle, Christian, Clark, Crittenden, Cumberland, Elliott, Green, Hart, Henderson, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Mason, Warren, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford.

  • Turning tables

    Rev. Billy Jenkins asked those gathered Sunday afternoon at Lebanon United Methodist Church to turn their Bibles to the Book of Esther.
    In that passage, King Ahasuerus had plans to attack the Jews, but instead, the Jews defeated those who sought to harm them.
    Just as God turned the tables on those who would attack his people, God is still helping to turn tables, Jenkins said to the audience at this year’s Martin Luther King Day program, hosted by the Marion County Chapter of the NAACP.

  • Over the Moon(Pie)

    Steve Beam has enjoyed MoonPies — the chocolate covered, marshmallow-filled, graham cracker dessert sandwich — since he was a kid.
    “I had one in my lunchbox every day. My bother and I both did,” he said.
    Today, he and his brother, Paul, have another reason to like MoonPies even more. Their business, Limestone Branch Distillery, soon will be selling MoonPie Moonshine.
    “We’re hoping for the first week of February,” Steve Beam said.

  • Take steps to protect water pipes

    Recent subzero temperatures created problems for many Marion County residents, including multiple reports of frozen or busted water pipes.
    Jimmy Mudd, superintendent of the Marion County Water District, said they received between 35 and 40 reports of damaged water pipes, and John Q. Thomas, director of Lebanon Water Company, said they received 60 to 70 calls either asking for water to be cut off or reporting busted water pipes.
    Mudd and Thomas also indicated that each of their agencies had leaks in their own lines as a result of last week's subzero conditions.

  • From Sarasota, to Afghanistan, to New York City TV studio

    By Josh Salman
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    As John Wilcher laid sleepless in his Army bunk not far from areas of Afghanistan pockmarked by bombings, he could think only of a promise he had made his daughter two years earlier.
    Wilcher, a Marion County native, didn't know if he would ever see his family again -- but he had vowed to his little girl he would return home safely.
    Now a Realtor in Sarasota, his combat deployment stands in stark contrast to a recent crowning achievement.

  • Heritage Center seeks marketing help

    Mary Kay Clements of the Marion County Heritage Center spoke to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Jan. 13 to discuss marketing for upcoming events.
    “I’m not going to ask for money today,” Clements told the commission. “That’s probably next time.”
    The Marion County Baseball Booster Club is planning the Turtleman Trek 5K run for March 1. (This race was originally going to be called the Turtle Run 5K, but it has been renamed.)

  • Marion County schools will be closed Friday

    Marion County Public Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 24, due to poor road conditions in the eastern part of the county and extremely cold temperatures, according to Superintendent Taylora Schlosser. 

  • Letter from Texas inmate makes bomb threat against sheriff’s office, judicial center

     Thursday, the Marion County Clerk’s Office received a letter threatening to place and detonate two bombs in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the courthouse.

    The letter was signed with the name Dillon Steele, according to Sheriff Jimmy Clements. The letter was addressed to the Marion County Court Clerk, but had the address of the David R. Hourigan Building, which is where the sheriff’s office is located.