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  • Schools will have 2-hour delay Thursday

    The Marion County Public School System has issued a two-hour delay for Thursday due to the Lady Knights basketball game at the state tournament in Bowling Green Wednesday evening. School will begin Thursday at 10:25 a.m.

  • Council votes to do away with restaurant tax

    The Lebanon City Council has voted to eliminate the city's restaurant tax.

    Councilman Jerry Abell made the motion, which was seconded by Councilman Kenny Marrett and officially approved 5-0 by the council. Councilwoman Denise Fogle did not cast a vote on Abell's motion, but under parliamentary rules, her non-vote is included with the majority.

    Councilwoman Kate Palagi, who recently gave birth to her fourth child, was not present at the meeting.

  • Councilman would like tourism director to resign

    The ongoing controversies over the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission aren't over yet.

    Councilman Kenny Marrett has requested that Tourism Executive Director Chris Hamilton resign before today's Lebanon City Council meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, March 7, at city hall.

    Marrett said he met with Mayor Gary Crenshaw Monday to discuss that possibility.

    “I was hoping that Gary Crenshaw could convince Chris to resign so it wouldn't be so public,” Marrett said.

  • Just as Sweet!

    The Marion County Lady Knights avenged a loss and claim their second consecutive Fifth Region championship by defeating Elizabethtown, 53-52, Saturday night.

    With the win, the Lady Knights (25-6) will also be making their second consecutive trip to the Sweet Sixteen in Bowling Green.

    Marion County survived a second-quarter scoring drought of nearly four and half minutes, made a second half comeback, and benefitted from some clutch free throw shooting in the final minute.

    Elizabethtown (29-4) defeated Marion County on Feb. 3 in a game at Elizabethtown.

  • Special-called fiscal court meeting Saturday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has scheduled a special-called meeting for 8 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The court has two items on its agenda. The first is a E-911 considerations, and the second is the county's administrative code/personnel policy handbook, which is being revised.

  • Minority parent needed for Superintendent Search Screening Committee

    The Marion County Public School System is in need of a minority parent to be on the Superintendent Search Screening Committee.

    So far, the committee consists of the following individuals:

    - Ed Hacker – board representative

    - Brad Mattingly – parent representative

    - Marilu Farnham - teacher representative (Glasscock Elementary School)

    - Hollie Buckman – teacher representative (Lebanon Middle School)

  • Fiscal court meeting at 4 p.m. March 3

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in regular session at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Rural and secondary road report/proposal for 2011- District  4  Hwy. personnel

    - Consider renewal of county employee  Delta Denta plan

    - Request for funding  -  Marion County High School annual “Project Graduation”

  • Ford murder case on track

    Instructions will soon be prepared for a jury to use while deciding whether Tonya Ford killed her husband in 2009.

    Ford was in court again Tuesday of last week for a pretrial conference in the case that accuses her of murdering her husband. The hearing, before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly, lasted about five minutes.

    Ford, 37, is accused of killing her husband, former Lebanon Police officer David M. Ford on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November.

  • 'Just good farmers'

    J.W. Maupin. 78, remembers using mules to work fields and selling tobacco for 50 cents per pound. His son Mike, 56, is continuing the farming tradition, although he's always used tractors. Together they raise corn, soybeans, tobacco and beef cattle on hundreds of acres of land.

    And together they have been recognized for their years of dedication as the Marion County Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Farmers.

    Mike said winning the award was an honor.

  • Councilman pleads guilty to alcohol intoxication

    Last week, Lebanon City Councilman Gerald C. "Jerry" Abell pled guilty to a charge of alcohol intoxication stemming from an incident that occurred Nov. 27.

    Abell, 52, of 728 Doctor Street in Lebanon was ordered by District Judge Connie Phillips to pay $130 court costs, $25 fine, $25 bond filing fee, $2.50 attorney tax and $.50 law library fee, for a total of $183.