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  • Old Mill Days is this weekend

    Bradfordsville’s 24th annual Old Mill Days celebration returns Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Little Town That Could.”
    The festivities open Friday at 5 p.m. The flea market, arts and crafts and rides — including a bull ride, a bouncy house, an inflatable obstacle course, a pool slide, a train and battery-powered cars — will be available. Be sure to dress appropriately to enjoy everything.

  • Lebanon says adieu to ‘Dr. John’

    John Ratliff — “Dr. John” to his patients — was a throwback to a bygone era.
    During his 41 years practicing medicine in Lebanon, he made house calls, he was sometimes paid with country hams or chickens, and, according to Pam Moraja, it was common to see Ratliff sitting in his office with a pipe in his mouth.
    When Ratliff, 93, passed away May 30, it was personal for Moraja. Her mother had worked for him for 30 years.

  • Board talks budget, tax rate

    The Marion County Board of Education approved the 2013-14 tentative budget during a special called meeting last week. The $29.3 million budget includes a four percent tax rate increase. But, based on comments from several school board members, that rate increase isn’t necessarily going to fly with them this year.
    “It just seems like every year we keep increasing and increasing and we keep getting cut and cut and it falls on the taxpayers of Marion County,” Board Vice Chairman Ed Hacker said.

  • Oklahoma twister is a reminder of tornado dangers

    In the past month massive tornados have ripped through Oklahoma, and it’s been a little over a year since a tornado decimated West Liberty here in Kentucky.
    These events serve as reminders of the dangers posed by these storms.
    With that in mind, Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson shared some tips for being safe before, during and after a tornado from the American Red Cross.

    Before the storm

  • Sound the trumpets

    Don Johnson has been working for years to bring world-class musicians to Lebanon, and he’ll be doing just that June 8 at St. Augustine Catholic Church.
    Friedemann Immer of Germany and John Foster of Australia will be performing with Johnson’s group, the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets.
    “I don’t think anyone would argue with me that Friedemann Immer is the finest baroque trumpeter in the world,” Johnson said.

  • Leitchfield man recovering from accidental shooting

    A Leitchfield man is recovering at University Hospital in Louisville after he was struck with a stray bullet Sunday afternoon in the Calvary area. As of Tuesday morning, Ronnie Gaither, 52, was listed in stable condition.
    According to Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Billy Gregory, Gaither was playing volleyball on Bald Knob Road when he was struck with a bullet.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call at 3:45 p.m., June 2, reporting the incident at 75 Bald Knob Road.

  • 2013 Main Street Treadmill Challenge raises more than $2,000 for Girls on the Run

    Before the rains disrupted the end of the 2013 Main Street Treadmill Challenge, this year's participants logged more than 100 miles in front of the Marion County Heritage Center.

    More importantly, they earned more than $2,000 for the Marion County Girls on the Run program (so far).

    Look for more on the event in the June 5 print edition.

  • MCPS parents eligible to vote for minority parent rep for superintendent search committee

    All parents of Marion County Public School students are eligible to vote for the minority parent representative for the superintendent search screening committee.
    The following people are on the ballot:
    Eugene Hayden
    Beverly Smalley
    Dee Dee Bell
    Mark Newby
    Ballots can be picked up at local schools and at Central Office. Parents are asked to vote for one person. All ballots are due back at Central Office on Monday, June 3.
     

  • Gravel Switch woman recovering from accident

    Kristin Courey, 18, of Gravel Switch is recovering after a single-vehicle accident May 21.
    According to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, Courey was driving west on US 68 in a 2001 Buick when she lost control of the vehicle in a curve seven miles east of Lebanon. According to the accident report, Courey overcorrected and her vehicle left the roadway, collided with an embankment, overturned, and came to rest in a ditch.
    Courey was flown from the scene to University Hospital in Louisville, but she was no longer listed as a patient on May 23.

  • The Lebanon Aquatic Center is open

    The Lebanon Aquatic Center is officially open.
    The hours for the indoor pool are as follows: Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The hours for the outdoor pools are: Monday-Saturday noon to 7 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Daily admission is $2 a person, children ages five and under are $1 each. Sunday admission is $1 for everyone.