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  • Turning tables

    Rev. Billy Jenkins asked those gathered Sunday afternoon at Lebanon United Methodist Church to turn their Bibles to the Book of Esther.
    In that passage, King Ahasuerus had plans to attack the Jews, but instead, the Jews defeated those who sought to harm them.
    Just as God turned the tables on those who would attack his people, God is still helping to turn tables, Jenkins said to the audience at this year’s Martin Luther King Day program, hosted by the Marion County Chapter of the NAACP.

  • Over the Moon(Pie)

    Steve Beam has enjoyed MoonPies — the chocolate covered, marshmallow-filled, graham cracker dessert sandwich — since he was a kid.
    “I had one in my lunchbox every day. My bother and I both did,” he said.
    Today, he and his brother, Paul, have another reason to like MoonPies even more. Their business, Limestone Branch Distillery, soon will be selling MoonPie Moonshine.
    “We’re hoping for the first week of February,” Steve Beam said.

  • Take steps to protect water pipes

    Recent subzero temperatures created problems for many Marion County residents, including multiple reports of frozen or busted water pipes.
    Jimmy Mudd, superintendent of the Marion County Water District, said they received between 35 and 40 reports of damaged water pipes, and John Q. Thomas, director of Lebanon Water Company, said they received 60 to 70 calls either asking for water to be cut off or reporting busted water pipes.
    Mudd and Thomas also indicated that each of their agencies had leaks in their own lines as a result of last week's subzero conditions.

  • From Sarasota, to Afghanistan, to New York City TV studio

    By Josh Salman
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    As John Wilcher laid sleepless in his Army bunk not far from areas of Afghanistan pockmarked by bombings, he could think only of a promise he had made his daughter two years earlier.
    Wilcher, a Marion County native, didn't know if he would ever see his family again -- but he had vowed to his little girl he would return home safely.
    Now a Realtor in Sarasota, his combat deployment stands in stark contrast to a recent crowning achievement.

  • Heritage Center seeks marketing help

    Mary Kay Clements of the Marion County Heritage Center spoke to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Jan. 13 to discuss marketing for upcoming events.
    “I’m not going to ask for money today,” Clements told the commission. “That’s probably next time.”
    The Marion County Baseball Booster Club is planning the Turtleman Trek 5K run for March 1. (This race was originally going to be called the Turtle Run 5K, but it has been renamed.)

  • Marion County schools will be closed Friday

    Marion County Public Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 24, due to poor road conditions in the eastern part of the county and extremely cold temperatures, according to Superintendent Taylora Schlosser. 

  • Letter from Texas inmate makes bomb threat against sheriff’s office, judicial center

     Thursday, the Marion County Clerk’s Office received a letter threatening to place and detonate two bombs in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the courthouse.

    The letter was signed with the name Dillon Steele, according to Sheriff Jimmy Clements. The letter was addressed to the Marion County Court Clerk, but had the address of the David R. Hourigan Building, which is where the sheriff’s office is located.

  • Marion County schools are closed today

    Marion County Schools are closed today, Friday, Jan. 17.

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser announced that schools are closed due to isolated road conditions and anticipated weather during the day.

    The Marion County Public Library will have delayed opening today due to poor driving and parking conditions. The library will open at noon today.

  • Fiscal court meets today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Request for funding for the “Chautauqua in the Schools” program

    - Proclamation of January at School Board Member Recognition Month

    - Proclamation of Jan. 17 at Rev. Tommy Calhoun Day in Marion County

  • Preschool, kindergarten registration is Jan. 24

     Marion County Public Schools kindergarten and preschool registration will be held at all elementary schools from noon to 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24.

    If school is canceled on this day, registration will be moved to Friday, Jan. 31.

    Registration paperwork will be at the elementary school in the district in which you reside. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 1, 2014 should register for kindergarten classes. Students who are currently enrolled in the 4-year-old preschool program should also register for kindergarten.