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  • Drug testing program expected to cost $10 grand

    While there are still many unanswered questions regarding the implementation of a student drug-testing program at Marion County High School, one thing is certain. The high school is going to need more money to make it happen.

    The Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition has provided $5,000 to be used for student drug testing, but it's likely MCHS will need an additional $5,000, at least.

  • Memorial Day program is Sunday

    The VFW Marple Caldwell Post 5910 will be hosting a Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lebanon National Cemetery.

    The Marion County High School band will perform, and the guest speaker will be Major Joe W. Warren Jr.

    Warren enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard in 1986. He served a tour of duty during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he is scheduled to deploy to Bosnia next year.

  • Gravel Switch man indicted on rape charges

    Steven E. Orberson, 21, of 55 Hwy. 243 in Gravel Switch was indicted for second-degree rape (two counts), second-degree sodomy and second-degree persistent felony offender.

    According to the indictment, on or about March 30 and April 2, 2011, Orberson engaged in sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old. The indictment also reads that on April 2, he engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old.

  • Air ambulance service to be stationed at airport

    Air Methods, a medical emergency helicopter service, will be setting up a new base in early July at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport. Leslie McKabe of Air Methods spoke with the Marion County Fiscal Court during its May 19 meeting.

    "We are proud to come to the Lebanon area," she told the court.

    With the addition of bases in Bedford and at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport, Air Methods will have 12 bases throughout Kentucky, McCabe said. By having a local base, they are eight minutes from Lebanon, she said.

  • Intern working at the extension office

    Paige Rodgers will be joining the staff at the Marion County Extension Office this summer. Rodgers, 21, of Campbellsville will be working as an intern in family and consumer sciences.

    She said she has been involved with the Homemakers and 4-H for 13 years, and she credits extension programs for developing her leadership skills.

    "It's just helped me become the individual that I am," Rodgers said.

  • Hall to lead MCHS

    Last July, the Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council started its search for a new principal. Nearly 10 months and a second search later, the council has made its selection.

    Stacey Hall will take over as the new high school principal on July 1. Hall has worked at MCHS for the past five years as an assistant principal and athletics director.

  • Williams wins gubernatorial primary

    David L. Williams will be the Republican gubernatorial candidate in the fall.

    Williams, the Senate president, won the state with 68,528 votes. Phil Moffett, a Louisville businessman, was second in the Republican primary with 53,966 votes, and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw was a distant third with 19,614 votes.

    Williams carried Marion County with 108 votes. Moffett received 77 votes, and Holsclaw collected 28 votes.

  • 'Stillhouse Restaurant’ to open in Lebanon

    Keith and Taylora Schlosser, owners of Mordecai's On Main Restaurant in Springfield, signed a contract with Citizens National Bank in Lebanon Friday, May 20, to purchase the building, which formerly housed The Oak Barrel and Murphy's Furniture in downtown Lebanon.

    "I'm just thrilled," Taylora said Friday morning, shortly after signing the contract.

  • Commission divided on marketing plan

    After more than 90 minutes of discussion, a divided Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission approved its marketing plan for May and June during a special-called meeting May 18.

    Commission Chairwoman Carlotta Brussell explained that the special-called meeting was necessary since the commission had not approved a marketing plan during its regular meeting on May 9.

  • 16-year-old recovering after wreck

    Aaron Mattingly, 16, of 3341 St. Mary's Road in Lebanon is listed in serious but stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville. He is recovering from an automobile accident Sunday afternoon on KY 84.

    According to Deputy Tony Belcher of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the single-vehicle accident was reported at 7:11 p.m., May 22.