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  • Postal service food drive is Saturday

    Letter carriers in Lebanon and throughout Marion County are hosting their annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive Saturday, May 14. Postal customers are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items in their mailboxes or at the place where they receive their mail, and your carrier will pick them up. Food donations can also be dropped off at the Lebanon Post Office.

    Every year, the food drive provides thousands of pounds of food, which will be distributed to organizations in Marion County on Monday, May 16.

  • Youth center temporarily closes

    The Marion County Youth Center will temporarily cease operations effective May 15, according to a press release from Jerry Evans.

    Evans said during the past two years of operation it has been necessary to consistently use personal funds to keep the doors open. The center has been unsuccessful in getting any grants or additional funding.

  • Fiscal Court names reapportionment committee

    During its May 5 meeting, the Marion County Fiscal Court appointed the members of the reapportionment committee. Carroll Kirkland, J.B. Thomas and Donnie Thompson will be looking at what adjustments may be needed to the magisterial district boundaries.

    Every 10 years, a reapportionment committee determines if any changes are needed to the magisterial district based on the most recent Census.

  • Lexington murder trial set to begin May 16

    By Josh Kegley,

    The Lexington Herald-Leader

    The death penalty is no longer a sentencing option for the men accused of the 2006 murder of John G. Mattingly III, 23. Mattingly III, the son of Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly and Janet Mattingly, was a student at the University of Kentucky at the time of the shooting.

  • City council meets at 7 p.m.

    The Lebanon City Council is schedule to meet at 7 p.m. tonight, May 9, in regular session a city hall.

    Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund is scheduled to speak with the council about economic development incentives.

    Other items on the agenda include minutes of the previous meeting, payment of bills and department reports.

  • Wright pleads guilty in Mattingly shooting

    By Josh Kegley, The Lexington Herald-Leader

  • Fiscal Court meets at 4 p.m. May 5

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday,  May 5.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - A resolution accepting road resurfacing money

    - Advertising for fuel, lubricants and road materials for fiscal year 2011-12

    - Set a public hearing regarding county road aid and LGEA funds

  • Chuck Hamilton is hired to be Marion County superintendent

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously voted to hire Chuck Hamilton as the next superintendent during a special meeting Thursday, May 5.

    Board Chairman Michael Mullins said Hamilton is the right person for the job.

  • Five Democrats want ag commissioner nomination

    Republican Richie Farmer, Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture, is seeking to become the state's next lieutenant governor. That means his seat is up for grabs in the fall, and five Democrats are trying to replace the former Kentucky basketball star.

  • Jury selection begins in Lexington murder trial

    Monday, May 2, jury selection began in the trial of Adrian Lamont Benton and Raymond Wright, the two men accused of shooting John Mattingly III during a robbery on May 25, 2006, in Lexington. Mattingly, 23, died from his injuries on July 10, 2006.

    The trial, which is expected to begin Monday, May 9, is going to be difficult for the Mattingly family, according to John's father, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly.