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  • Post Office to study closing St. Francis office

    The United States Postal Service is considering closing its St. Francis branch and expanding services at its Loretto office, according to a letter from District Manager James Kiser* to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    Kiser wrote that the postal service decided to look closer at those offices following inquiries from Kathleen Cook of St. Francis.

  • Helping Japan

    Shelley George was about to go through the TSA security check at the Narita International Airport when everything started shaking.

    "At first, it just felt like a little rumble," she said. "I thought it was a big airplane."

    As the shaking continued - and grew stronger - she became concerned.

    "I said, 'Is this normal?'" George said she asked the TSA employee. "And he said, 'No, this is a really big one.'"

  • 911... Where is your emergency?

    When there is an emergency, seconds matter.

    Seconds can be the difference between life and death.

    But, often, local emergency service personnel are forced to spend seconds, even minutes, searching for a house because it doesn't have a visible house number. Something as simple as a house number can save valuable time during an emergency but so many homes in the city and county don't have them, according to Robbie Turner, Marion County EMS director.

  • He's made his mark

    Bill Samuels Jr., president and CEO of Maker's Mark, was voted the 2010 Outstanding Industry Manager by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce earlier this year. But, according to Samuels, he's an awful manager.

    "I'm probably the worst manager in the state of Kentucky," he said. "It's the truth."

  • City to purchase Crown Victorias for the police

    The Lebanon Police Department will be getting 10 new Ford Crown Victorias. The Lebanon City Council approved the purchase during a special-called meeting Friday, March 18.

    The council was divided 4-2 in favor of purchasing the Crown Vics from Paul Miller Ford in Lexington. The council also had the option of buying Dodge Chargers from Pickerill Motor Company in Lebanon.

  • Making headway

    With clippers buzzing and hair flying, the St. Augustine gymnasium became a temporary barbershop Saturday afternoon.

    This is the fifth year St. A has been the host site for the local St. Baldrick's event, which raises money for children's cancer research by shaving the heads of its participants.

  • Tourism budget put on hold

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission postponed a decision regarding its amended 2010-11 budget during its March 16 meeting.

    Before the commission voted on the revised budget, Commissioner David Winebrenner Jr. clarified that it included $12,000 for the Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest, which is scheduled for May 21.

    "Given what's happened recently ... we ought to consider taking some time to look at the impact relative to tourism going forward," Winebrenner said.

  • Junior Mister is Saturday, March 26

    The Marion County High School Beta Club is pleased to present the 6th annual Marion County Junior Mister Pageant Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Roby Dome.

    The pageant was designed to mirror the Marion County Junior Miss competition with participants competing in interview, fitness, poise and talent competitions but this pageant was for high school boys instead of girls - hence the name "Junior Mister."

  • Detainee found dead at MCDC

    Marcus Dunning, a federal detainee at the Marion County Detention Center, was found dead during a routine count Sunday morning, March 20.
    Dunning, 39, of Louisville was found to be unresponsive at 7:20 a.m. Saturday. The staff started CPR and called EMS upon finding Dunning, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said.
    "There was no sign of foul play," Brady said. "He just died in his sleep."

  • Superintendent Screening Committee is formed

    The Superintendent Search Screening Committee has officially been formed and the process to hire a new superintendent continues.

    After accepting nominations, parents of the school district elected Pat Neal (a Lebanon Elementary School parent) to be the minority parent representative. Because the school system's minority student population is greater than eight percent, one of the members of the screening committee must be a minority parent.

    The committee consists of the following individuals: