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  • Citizen complaint filed against Bluegrass Pipeline

    Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline may have their day in court.
    On Dec. 5, a citizens group filed a complaint against Bluegrass Pipeline Company, LLC, in Franklin Circuit Court. The complaint also includes a petition for a declaration of rights as it pertains to eminent domain.
    Attorney Tom FitzGerald of the Kentucky Resources Council filed the complaint on behalf of KURE, Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain, Inc.

  • To sniff and serve

    Aaron Caldwell’s goal of becoming a police officer came true three years ago when he joined the Lebanon Police Department. But being an officer also helped him realize he wanted to be something more.
    “Once I got into law enforcement, I wanted to go into the K9 program,” he said.
    In August, Caldwell found out that dream would become a reality, when the department sent him to Southern Ohio Police K-9. That’s where he met Speedo, a Belgian Malinois.

  • School board hears improvement plans

    Marion County Public Schools has a goal for 74.4 percent of high school
    students, 73.2 percent of middle school students and 74.6 percent of elementary students to achieve proficiency in reading and math by 2017.
    That is one of the goals of the district improvement plan presented at the Dec. 12 Marion County Board of Education meeting.

  • Tourism approves t-shirt purchase for 5K

    Another 5K could be held in Lebanon next spring.
    The Marion County Baseball Booster Club is planning to host the Turtle Run 5K on March 1, 2014. The name of the race is intended to play up Lebanon’s connection to the Turtleman, but also the contrast between turtle and run, according to Sam Bach of the booster club.
    Bach presented a request for assistance to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission during its Dec. 9 meeting.  She said the booster club held a 5K before a football game in the fall, but they wanted to try a different race in the spring.

  • Shipp pleads guilty to deputy’s murder

    Dewayne Shipp has pled guilty to murder of a police officer and to being a felon in possession of a handgun. With his plea, Shipp has admitted to shooting and killing Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes on Nov. 14, 2012.

  • Shipp pleads guilty to deputy’s murder

     Dewayne Shipp has pled guilty to murder of a police officer and to being a felon in possession of a handgun. With his plea, Shipp has admitted to shooting and killing Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes on Nov. 14, 2012.

  • 'Hee Haw' at St. Joe Dec. 15 and 28

    Anyone who missed the Dec. 15  "Hee Haw" performance at St. Joe will have a second chance to see it at 5 p.m. Dec. 29.

    Admission is a donation, which will go to the St. Joe Community Center. Refreshments will be served after the performance.

    For more information, call 270-692-7429.

  • Firefighters combat fire at 975 Marlowe Lane

    Firefighters from the Bradfordsville, Lebanon and Gravel Switch Fire Departments responded to a fire at 975 Marlowe Lane in Bradfordsville. The fire was reported to the Lebanon Police Dispatch at 10:13 a.m. Dec. 11.

    No injuries were reported in the fire, but the house received severe damage.

    "It was a total loss," Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson said.

    John Duncan Jr., 38, and his wife, Lisa, 42, their daughter, Kayla Vance, 19, and her husband, Zachary, 21, resided in the house.

  • County more prepared with help of American Red Cross

    The 2009 ice storm was a “rude awakening” for Marion County, according to Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly. It showed the community it could be better prepared, Mattingly said, and since then the county has become more involved with the American Red Cross.
    The American Red Cross was the topic during the First Friday Forum at the Marion County Economic Development Office on Dec. 6. Susan Hardin, the director for the newly named “Heart of Kentucky Chapter” of the American Red Cross, said when it comes to disasters, county lines don’t matter.

  • Officers honored for DUI arrests

    Lebanon Police Officer J.D. Holliday and Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Tristan Hayden were among the 206 officers recognized for their efforts to stop drunk and impaired drivers at the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards on Dec. 3 at the Marriott Louisville East.
    According to the highway safety office, Holliday made 46 DUI arrests, and Hayden arrested 13 people for DUI.
    Last year, more than 5,750 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 146 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries, were reported in Kentucky.