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  • Lebanon man indicted for 20 counts of rape

    Michael Johnson Jr., 25, of 337 M. L. King Blvd. #2 in Lebanon was indicted for 20 counts of first-degree rape and four counts of first-degree sodomy in Marion Circuit Court recently.

  • From Africa to CNN

    Haley Probus didn't expect her mission trip to Africa to end with her being part of a national news story. Probus was with of a group of Campbellsville University students who were returning to the United States May 22 when their plane was diverted because a passenger claimed to have an explosive implant.

    "I was in row 25 and she was like five rows behind us," Probus said.

  • Preschool funding slashed

    The 2011-12 school year has officially come to a close, and Marion County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton said the year went very well with minimal distractions. That is, until recently when Hamilton learned that local preschool funding would be slashed by 61 percent (approximately $258,000) for the 2012-13 school year.

    "We were given some indication that we would probably see a reduction, but we were in no way prepared for a 61 percent reduction," Hamilton told school board members at the board's May 22 meeting.

  • Landers Creek Road closed May 30-June 6

    Landers Creek Road in Eastern Marion County off Hwy. 68 will be closed starting May 30 through June 6, so the Marion County Road Department can replace the bridge.

    According to Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson, there are no detours. Drivers must use Hourigan Lane or Landers Creek from Hwy. 68 to the bridge.

  • MCHS report cards are available for pick up

    Marion County High School Principal Stacey Hall announced that report cards are ready to be picked up.
    Report cards will not be mailed home, according to Hall. Instead, they will be printed out or sent via fax.
    Parents or students can call the high school (602-6066) or stop by the office to pick up a report card.

  • Police seeking walk-away from MAC

    Law enforcement officials are seeking assistance in apprehending an escapee from Marion Adjustment Center.

    Early Tuesday morning, MAC officials learned that George Upton, 33, of Middleboro walked away from the facility. Upton is 5'11" and weighs 173 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.

  • Romney wins Republican Presidential primary

    In a largely symbolic election, Mitt Romney won the Kentucky Republican presidential primary.
    Statewide. Romney received 117,599 votes with 119 of 120 counties reporting.
    His opponents for the Republican nomination suspended their campaigns before Kentucky held its primary on May 22.
    Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the father of Sen. Rand Paul, received 22,071 votes. Rick Santorum received 15,628 votes, and Newt Gingrich received 10,479 votes. And 10,356 Republican voters cast ballots for uncommitted.

  • InBrief

    Memorial Day schedule changes

    The upcoming Memorial Day holiday will affect government services in Marion County.

    The Marion County Clerk's Office, the Marion County Circuit Clerk's Office,  the Marion County Judge/Executive's Office and  the Marion County PVA Office will be closed on Saturday, May 26.

    Those office's and the City of Lebanon Administrative Office will be closed Monday, May 28.

  • Call of the Wildman returns June 3

    Marion County's own Ernie Brown Jr., the Turtleman, will be returning to television screens on Sunday, June 3, on  Animal Planet.

    The second season of "Call of the Wildman" will feature more of Brown's adventures catching beavers, coyote, muskrats, possums, river otters, skunks, and squirrels. In this season, Brown will be reaching out beyond the Kentucky state border, visiting tornado ravaged communities and searching for a creature inside a coal mine.

  • Marion County moves up in county health rankings

    Marion County's health has been making improvements, relatively, compared to the rest of the state, but try not to read too much into that.

    According to the 2012 County Health Rankings, Marion County is the 37th healthiest county in Kentucky based on health outcomes. In 2011, the county was 53rd in the state, and in 2010, it was 55th.