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  • Police seeking walk-away from MAC

    Law enforcement officials are seeking assistance in apprehending an escapee from Marion Adjustment Center.

    Early Tuesday morning, MAC officials learned that George Upton, 33, of Middleboro walked away from the facility. Upton is 5'11" and weighs 173 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.

  • Romney wins Republican Presidential primary

    In a largely symbolic election, Mitt Romney won the Kentucky Republican presidential primary.
    Statewide. Romney received 117,599 votes with 119 of 120 counties reporting.
    His opponents for the Republican nomination suspended their campaigns before Kentucky held its primary on May 22.
    Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the father of Sen. Rand Paul, received 22,071 votes. Rick Santorum received 15,628 votes, and Newt Gingrich received 10,479 votes. And 10,356 Republican voters cast ballots for uncommitted.

  • InBrief

    Memorial Day schedule changes

    The upcoming Memorial Day holiday will affect government services in Marion County.

    The Marion County Clerk's Office, the Marion County Circuit Clerk's Office,  the Marion County Judge/Executive's Office and  the Marion County PVA Office will be closed on Saturday, May 26.

    Those office's and the City of Lebanon Administrative Office will be closed Monday, May 28.

  • Call of the Wildman returns June 3

    Marion County's own Ernie Brown Jr., the Turtleman, will be returning to television screens on Sunday, June 3, on  Animal Planet.

    The second season of "Call of the Wildman" will feature more of Brown's adventures catching beavers, coyote, muskrats, possums, river otters, skunks, and squirrels. In this season, Brown will be reaching out beyond the Kentucky state border, visiting tornado ravaged communities and searching for a creature inside a coal mine.

  • Marion County moves up in county health rankings

    Marion County's health has been making improvements, relatively, compared to the rest of the state, but try not to read too much into that.

    According to the 2012 County Health Rankings, Marion County is the 37th healthiest county in Kentucky based on health outcomes. In 2011, the county was 53rd in the state, and in 2010, it was 55th.

  • Magistrates approve revision to agreement with Beam Global

    Thursday, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved a revision to its agreement to abate taxes for Beam Global. The change was approved 4-1 with Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers casting the opposing vote.

    On May 3, the court approved an agreement that would allow Beam Global a 30-year partial tax abatement on up to six warehouses for Maker's Mark to be built in Marion County. Under this agreement, Beam Global also agreed to invest more than $1 million in Marion County Public Schools.

  • Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years

    The Girl Scouts celebrated the first century of scouting with a celebration Sunday, May 20, at Graham Memorial Park. Sunday's celebration included cupcake decorating, a scavenger hunt, historical board, scrap-booking and Girl Scout fashions from the past.

  • Groundbreaking for Habitat house held Friday

    Kerri Taylor had a big reason to smile Friday evening at the corner of Chandler Street and Shuck Avenue. The My Old Kentucky Home Chapter of Habitat for Humanity held its groundbreaking for the next home it will construct in Lebanon.

    Taylor and her sons, Shaion, 13, and Desean, 11, will make the house their home when the construction is complete.

    "It's a dream come true for me," she said.

    Once every three years, a Habitat house is constructed in Marion County.

  • Maker's Mark denies 'hostile workplace' accusations

    Last month, five women filed a federal lawsuit accusing Maker's Mark Distillery of being a sexually hostile workplace, discriminating against women, interfering with their rights under state and federal laws, and retaliating against them in violation of federal and state laws.

    Earlier this month, Maker's Mark denied the various accusations.

  • County's rural post offices may have reduced hours

    The United States Postal Service may deliver the mail in any weather, but rural postal customers may want to expect less service under a new plan proposed earlier this month.

    The postal service had been looking at closing more than 3,000 branches nationally, but under a plan, the USPS is proposing to cut the retail service hours at more than 13,000 local offices, including six branches in Marion County.