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  • Happy Trails

    This Friday, April 13, Marion Countians will have a reason to feel lucky.

    At noon, the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission will celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Cecil L. Gorley Naturalist Trail.

    "It will be the culmination of a tremendous amount of teamwork," said Chris Hamilton, the former executive director of the Lebanon tourist commission.

  • Bradfordsville home damaged in fire

    A Bradfordsville house was damaged after a gas grill exploded Wednesday evening, but firefighters responded in time to save the house from burning down.

    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting a house on fire at 4540 Hwy. 1157, which belongs to Kirby and Lisa Spalding.

    Bradfordsville firefighter Kevin Purdom said when they arrived on the scene, the Spaldings informed them that they had been grilling on the back porch when the grill exploded.

  • Graffiti, damage to handrails reported at Gorley Trail

    The recently renovated Cecil L. Gorley Trail has already become the target of vandals.
    Someone spray-painted graffiti on a kiosk near the trail and broke some handrails that were recently installed as part of the renovation effort.
    Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Executive Director Nicky Reynolds said it's sad that someone would do that.
    "We did all that work to give something to everybody," she said.

  • County, Beam Global continue warehouse discussions

    Beam Global is looking to build up to 11 warehouses as part of an expansion for Maker's Mark, but the company is also seeking a long-term property tax abatement for part of that construction.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court was divided over whether to approve the proposal during its March 15 meeting, but Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly was optimistic when discussing the situation Monday.

  • Congressman speaks on new districts, federal budget

    Congressman Brett Guthrie, perhaps in one of his last appearances representing Marion County, was the guest speaker at the Marion County Industrial Foundation's Friday Forum last week at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Guthrie, a Republican, opened by addressing the redistricting change that has moved Marion County from the Second District, which he represents, to the First District, which is represented by Congressman Ed Whitefield, another Republican.

  • Limestone Branch Distillery grand opening is April 14

    Limestone Branch Distillery will celebrate its grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at 1280 Veterans Memorial Highway in Lebanon.

    The distillery will fill its first bourbon barrel at 2 p.m., and Kreekwater Koolaid will provide live entertainment from 3 to 7 p.m.

  • City gives initial support for housing development

    The Lebanon City Council has given its support, in principle, to assist Nally and Hayden with a planned housing development near Wal-mart.

    Tony O'Daniel, a real estate broker, spoke with city officials Monday evening on behalf of Nally and Hayden. The development calls for around 86 residential lots to be built.

  • Mayor asks citizens to watch grass clippings

    Lebanon city officials have received complaints about grass clippings being blown into the street, and Mayor Gary Crenshaw asked citizens to try to keep their clippings in their yards.

    "One, it's a hazard, and two, it's detrimental to the finances of the city," he said.

  • City approves health insurance plan

    The city council unanimously approved the health insurance plan for city employees on Monday evening, electing to go with a proposal from Humana.

    United Healthcare offered a renewal rate 29 percent higher than the city's current plan. The Humana offer is 8.6 percent less than the city's current plan.

    Under the Humana plan, the city will pay a monthly premium of $29,717.62.

  • Trash talk: Garbage bill could increase

    Marion County residents may see an increase in their garbage fees in the near future.

    During the April 5 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly announced that the Nelson County Fiscal Court is increasing its fees for disposing of waste at the Nelson County landfill.

    Starting July 1, Marion County will be charged $11.45 per cubic yard of compacted trash delivered to the Nelson County landfill.