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  • 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:

  • Lebanon 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. Bill Pickerill of Pickerill Motor Company in Lebanon had presented the council with an option of buying Dodge Chargers instead of the Crown Vics.

  • City council agrees to share mapping costs with county

    During a special-called meeting March 16, the Lebanon City Council agreed to pay for one-third of the costs of mapping and data merging services, both which are necessary for the county to acquire enhanced 911 services.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly addressed the council and made the request personally during Wednesday's meeting. He said the county would pay for the remaining two-thirds of the costs.

  • Tourism commission tables budget decision

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

    In light of the recent action by the Lebanon City Council, Commissioner Dave Winebrenner said the commission needs more information before it can make a decision. The commission agreed to table a decision until its next meeting, which is scheduled for April 11.

  • School board votes to support drug-testing

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday evening, March 8, to adopt a resolution for a drug-testing program at Marion County High School for the 2011-12 school year.

    How that drug-testing program will be implemented hasn't yet been decided, however. Passing the resolution was just the first step.

    "This is just getting it started," Board Member DeLane Pinkston said.

  • To E or not to E(911)?

    Enhanced 911 is under discussion again.

    The issue has come up repeatedly for at least the past 12 years, but local officials have not yet been able to agree on how to pay to implement the service. The Marion County Fiscal Court addressed the issue again during a special-called meeting March 5.

    "I think everybody wants to get E-911, but we all want to know the costs," Magistrate Steve Masterson said.

  • Jail completes national certification

    The Marion County Detention Center will soon be nationally certified.

    Inspectors with the American Correctional Association wrapped up their inspection of the local detention center last week.

    "This is probably one of the easiest audits I've ever done," ACA inspector Rodney Bivens said March 10 to a room filled with detention center staff, corrections officials and county officials.

  • Learning by doing

    Before last week, Lebanon Elementary School just had an "old, gray wall" in its hallway, according to fifth-grader Gavin Hasty. Under the guidance of artist Pat Ritter, however, fifth-graders and kindergarteners transformed it into a mural celebrating their community.

    "It's been a really good time," Hasty said.

    Ritter spent the last two weeks guiding LES students through the creative process.

  • Lebanon man gets 10 years for attempted murder

    Joseph Timothy Brady, 45, of 25 Shreve Lane in Lebanon was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Marion Circuit Court recently on charges of attempted murder and first-degree persistent felony offender. He received credit for 252 days served.

    The charges against Brady stemmed from an incident July 25, 2010. At the time of Brady's arrest, Kentucky State Trooper John Adams said Brady had been armed with a shotgun and had been involved in an altercation with a family member.

    In other circuit court news:

  • Japanese Relief Fund is being created

    The City of Lebanon, Marion County Economic Development and Marion County Fiscal Court are creating a Japanese Relief Fund in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

    The 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck early in the morning of March 11. At least 300 people are reported to have died, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The earthquake caused the collapse of buildings as far as 240 miles from the epicenter and created 30-foot high tsunamis.