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  • Superintendent search committee in the works

    The formation of the Superintendent Search Screening Committee is almost complete. The minority nominee will be announced June 3 after ballots have been counted.
    As of right now, the committee consists of the following individuals:
    - Ed Hacker: Board representative
    - Hope Dougherty: Parent representative (West Marion Elementary School)
    - Cathy Sparrow: Classified representative
    - Sarah Martin: Teacher representative (Glasscock Elementary School)
    - Amanda Farmer: Teacher representative (St. Charles Middle School)

  • Budget talk: Employees to receive 3 percent pay increase

    Following his annual budget address on May 23, Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw presented the city council with his initial budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
    The proposal includes $8.65 million, which is lower than the nearly $9.02 million projected budget for the current fiscal year.
    “The city is in very stable financial condition and well situated to meet the needs of our citizens,” Crenshaw said.

  • Main Street talks ‘making progress’

    The Lebanon Main Street Committee will continue to exist, but what it will look like is still under discussion.
    More than 20 people attended a meeting May 20 at the David R. Hourigan Center about the future of the program. This was a follow-up to a meeting held May 8.
    The second meeting included a mix of people who attended the first meeting and some new faces, according to Mary Lou Brock, the Lebanon Main Street manager.

  • Highway dedicated in honor of fallen deputy

    Marion County Deputy Anthony Rakes gave his life serving his community Nov. 14, 2012.
    On Friday, the road where he was shot was officially renamed in his honor. The section of US 68 from the eastern city limits of Lebanon to the Boyle County line is now the Marion County Deputy Sheriff Carl Anthony Rakes Memorial Highway.
    “It means a lot knowing that he’ll be remembered,” said Regina Ewing, Rakes’ sister.
    His other sister, Anita Elder, said the highway dedication means a lot.

  • Hamilton returns as St. A principal

    A familiar face is returning to a former position at St. Augustine School.
    Sugar Hamilton, who previously served as principal from 1982-94, is back in that office, at least for next year.
    Hamilton said things have changed in the 19 years since she last held that seat.
    “I’m re-educating myself,” she said.
    Hamilton replaces outgoing principal Alicia Riggs, who served as the St. Augustine principal for the last four years.

  • “They pull together. They're resilient. They're Oklahomans.”

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    Dr. David Whitlock, pastor at Lebanon Baptist Church, watched national news coverage closely Monday, May 20, as events unfolded from the tornado that ripped through the town of Moore, Okla., and surrounding areas, killing more than 50 people. The coverage included the well-publicized disaster at Plaza Towers Elementary School.
    Actually, we all watched. Whitlock felt it.

  • Soldier on

    Everyone has a story to tell … if we listen.
    Veteran James Spalding, 95, has always been reluctant to share his story, specifically his experiences during World War II.
    He’s seen and experienced things that are unfathomable to most of us. And he remembers practically every moment, down to the very last detail.
    But, if you ask him, his story isn’t anything special.

  • Jo. Bell Field dedication is this afternoon

    The dedication of Jo. Bell Field at Graham Memorial Park will take place this afternoon.

    The dedication was originaly planned for Thursday, May 30, but it has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 4, at 5:15 p.m.

  • Inmate commits suicide at MCDC

    For the first time in more than 10 years, an inmate has committed suicide at the Marion County Detention Center.
    The incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m., Monday, May 27.
    A fellow inmate found Victor Aaron Mattingly, 36, of Springfield unresponsive in a bathroom. The staff attempted CPR, and called Marion County EMS, according to Jailer Barry Brady, who was out of town when the incident occurred.
    Brady said the jail’s staff, the inmates and Marion County EMS personnel handled the situation very professionally.

  • Gravel Switch woman recovering from accident

    Kristin Courey, 18, of Gravel Switch is recovering after a single-vehicle accident Tuesday.

    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 Thursday.