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  • City residents, businesses reminded to post address numbers

    The City of Lebanon would like to remind residents that a city ordinance requires address numbers to be posted on all dwellings, businesses and homes within city limits. Numbers should be at least four inches tall and posted so they are easily visible from the street.
    John Thompson, the city’s building inspector, said the city wants to remind residents that the law is in place to meet requirements to implement enhanced 911. He said residents have until April 1 to post the numbers.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events are today

    The United Concerned Citizens Organization and the Marion County chapter of the NAACP will be hosting events Sunday to commemorate Martin Luther King Day.
    The UCCO is hosting its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March on Sunday, Jan. 19. Anyone interested in participating in the march should gather before 3 p.m. at the Lebanon Post Office, 101 E. Main Street.
    Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information, call Maria A. Bell at 270-402-4917 or 270-321-4133.

  • First candidate files for county judge

    Douglas Lee Mattingly is the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring in the 2014 race for Marion County judge/executive.
    Candidates have until 4 p.m. Jan. 28 to file their nomination papers for the 2014 primary elections.
    Here are the candidates who have filed so far, according the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website. An (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.

    U.S. Senate
    Republicans: Matt Bevin of Louisville, Gurley L. Martin of Owensboro and Mitch McConnell (I)

  • Making music-al instruments

    The Kentucky Fellowship of Musicians had their hands full when they got together to assemble dulcimers from kits on Jan. 9 at Calvary Elementary School. Dulcimers are stringed instruments similar to a lap guitar but with three strings.
    The instruments will be donated on Jan. 24 to children in the Bluegrass in the Schools program sponsored by Farmers National Bank.
    Brad Lanham, who was leading the gathering, said Calvary Elementary music teacher Jessica Floyd is helping to keep one of Kentucky’s natural resources (bluegrass music) in the schools.

  • Off to state

    Marion County’s Distinguished Young Woman Bailey Spalding left for the state competition Sunday. On Friday, her family and the local Distinguished Young Woman committee hosted a send-off reception for her at the Marion County Public Library.
    The state program is Jan. 17-18 at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.

  • Show of dedication

    Members of the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard have served their country in times of war and times of peace. Today, they honor their fellow veterans by leading military funeral rites throughout Central Kentucky — no matter the weather.
    In the midst of last week’s bitter cold, the honor guard was on hand for Jan. 6 services at Lebanon National Cemetery. According to weather.com, the temperature was 0 degree Fahrenheit with a wind chill that made it feel like -20 degrees that afternoon.

  • Kicking ‘grass

    The 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff could be a pretty “lonesome” affair.
    Flatt Lonesome will be making a return appearance at the festival this year, and the Lonesome River Band is the headliner for this year’s dinner show.
    “For the quality of this show, you have to go to Branson [Mo.] or Pigeon Forge [Tenn.] to see anything close to this,” said Brad Lanham, president of the Kentucky Fellowship of Musicians.

  • Casey murder trial moved: Judge concerned biker gang may have intimidated jury pool

    By Todd Kleffman
    The Advocate-Messenger

    LIBERTY — Concerned that potential jurors may have been intimidated by the influence of motorcycle gang members, Casey Circuit Judge Judy Vance granted a last-minute motion by prosecutors Jan. 7 to move David Salyers' murder trial to another venue just before jury selection was to begin.

  • Deceased in Taylor County murder-suicide identified

    Paul Dewayne Sprowles and Karyn Rae Meeks are dead after an apparent murder-suicide last week on Finley Ridge Road.
    The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, which happened at about 11 a.m. Jan. 7.
    According to Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton, the incident is being investigated as a homicide and suicide.
    Detectives and sheriff’s deputies were on the scene for about two hours collecting evidence and attempting to piece together what happened.
    Newton interviewed a witness to the event.

  • LMS to have interim principal

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser announced Friday that Marion County High School Assistant Principal Christina McRay will act as an interim principal at Lebanon Middle School for the remainder of the school year.