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  • School board votes to support drug-testing

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday evening, March 8, to adopt a resolution for a drug-testing program at Marion County High School for the 2011-12 school year.

    How that drug-testing program will be implemented hasn't yet been decided, however. Passing the resolution was just the first step.

    "This is just getting it started," Board Member DeLane Pinkston said.

  • To E or not to E(911)?

    Enhanced 911 is under discussion again.

    The issue has come up repeatedly for at least the past 12 years, but local officials have not yet been able to agree on how to pay to implement the service. The Marion County Fiscal Court addressed the issue again during a special-called meeting March 5.

    "I think everybody wants to get E-911, but we all want to know the costs," Magistrate Steve Masterson said.

  • Jail completes national certification

    The Marion County Detention Center will soon be nationally certified.

    Inspectors with the American Correctional Association wrapped up their inspection of the local detention center last week.

    "This is probably one of the easiest audits I've ever done," ACA inspector Rodney Bivens said March 10 to a room filled with detention center staff, corrections officials and county officials.

  • Learning by doing

    Before last week, Lebanon Elementary School just had an "old, gray wall" in its hallway, according to fifth-grader Gavin Hasty. Under the guidance of artist Pat Ritter, however, fifth-graders and kindergarteners transformed it into a mural celebrating their community.

    "It's been a really good time," Hasty said.

    Ritter spent the last two weeks guiding LES students through the creative process.

  • Lebanon man gets 10 years for attempted murder

    Joseph Timothy Brady, 45, of 25 Shreve Lane in Lebanon was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Marion Circuit Court recently on charges of attempted murder and first-degree persistent felony offender. He received credit for 252 days served.

    The charges against Brady stemmed from an incident July 25, 2010. At the time of Brady's arrest, Kentucky State Trooper John Adams said Brady had been armed with a shotgun and had been involved in an altercation with a family member.

    In other circuit court news:

  • Japanese Relief Fund is being created

    The City of Lebanon, Marion County Economic Development and Marion County Fiscal Court are creating a Japanese Relief Fund in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

    The 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck early in the morning of March 11. At least 300 people are reported to have died, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The earthquake caused the collapse of buildings as far as 240 miles from the epicenter and created 30-foot high tsunamis.

  • St. Baldrick’s Day is this Saturday

    "We're all born bald, baby." - Telly Savalas

    The fifth annual St. Baldrick's Day event is this Saturday, March 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Augustine gymnasium.

    According to Eric Daugherty, event organizer, CNB's goal this year is to shave 111 heads and raise approximately $19,000. If that goal can be achieved, it will bring the bank's grand total for the past five years to $111,000 in 2011.

  • Man to be sentenced for murder of Marion County native

    The legal proceedings to hold the sentencing phase for a convicted killer will be held for a third time in Bullitt County.

    Michael St. Clair, who was convicted of the 1991 kidnapping and murder of Marion County native Frank Brady, will stand trial once again in Bullitt Circuit Court.

    Beginning on April 13, the jury members will not be deciding upon the guilt or innocence of St. Clair; they will be looking at what type of penalty the Oklahoma resident should serve.

  • Business as usual

    The staff of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is preparing to greet tourism officials from around the state one week after the Lebanon City Council expressed a desire to do away with the local restaurant tax that provides the bulk of the commission's budget.

    The Kentucky Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus will hold its quarterly meeting today through Friday in Lebanon. And next week, on March 25, the Kentucky Festivals and Events Association will hold its Spring conference in Lebanon.

  • Japanese Cultural Day postponed

    Japanese Cultural Day has been postponed in light of the recent earthquake and tsunami that has affected Japan.

    Mary Lou Brock from the Marion County Economic Development Office sent the following announcement regarding the plans for Japanese Cultural Day.

    "The Japanese Cultural Day event scheduled for March 27, 2011 has been postponed. Our sympathy and prayers go out to the Japanese people that have been devastated by this terrible tragedy. The Japanese Cultural Day Committee will be meeting later this year to reschedule the event."