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  • Technical theatre, teaching, tattoos

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Summer Intern

    David "Red Beard" Phillips, of Danville, leans against the counter, sketching a tattoo design on a piece of paper.  He touches his red beard (hence the shop's name), which hasn't been cut since 1997 or trimmed since 2001. His customer stands on the other side, tapping his foot as he waits.

    The phone rings, and Phillips, with a fake Scottish accent, yells at it before picking up.

  • Summertime safety

    There are some inherent dangers to summer that can halt plans of fun in the sun. From skin cancer to insect bites, summertime can be dangerous for those who don't play it safe.

    With a greater number of people out and about enjoying the warm weather, the risk for accidents and injuries increases. The National Safe Kids Campaign says statistics indicate children will be rushed to emergency rooms around the country nearly three million times this summer. Higher rates of drowning, motor vehicle accidents and bicycle injuries occur this time of year.

  • The ride of their lives

    Vincente Venegas had never seen a horse in person until last week, when he participated in the Unbridled Hope Horsemanship Camp.

    "I was like, 'Holy crap, they are huge,'" said Venegas, 11, of Lebanon.

    He admitted that he was nervous about riding the horse at first, although he's glad that he did.

    "It's actually fun now," he said.

  • School board meeting Tuesday to discuss drug testing

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the school board office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The items on the agenda include student drug testing, the job description for director of pupil personnel and food services, goals for the new superintendent for the 2011-12 school year, and minutes of the previous school board meeting.

    New Marion County Superintendent Chuck Hamilton officially took over the position July 1.

  • Special tourism commission meeting Tuesday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has scheduled a special-called meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 14 suggestions presented to the commission by the city council in May.

  • Illegal dumping leads to change in recycling center hours

    The City of Lebanon Recycling Center, located on Woodlawn Avenue, will now only be open Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. due to illegal dumping. 

    City Administrator John Thomas said the city has had problems with dumping before, but it recent weeks it has become constant.

    “Mostly on weekends, we would come in and the dumpster would be full of furniture, tires, pallets, waters heaters … you name it,” he said.

  • State police, fire marshal investigating fire at Cozy Corner

    A possible arson caused some damage to the Cozy Corner Tavern in Loretto Thursday morning. The Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky State Fire Marshal's Office are conducting an investigation.
    The building is still usable, but it may need some cleaning and renovation.
    "The building's not ruined by no means," Loretto Fire Chief Tommy Hamilton said, "but there is an accelerant smell inside the building and some fire damage."

  • Missing Gravel Switch woman found deceased

    Patricia Ann Moddrelle, 78, of Gravel Switch was found deceased around 5 p.m. Wednesday, according the Kentucky State Police. She was found approximately three miles from her home in a dry creek bed off of Kentucky Highway 243.

    According to the state police, Moddrelle had driven off the road and into a heavily wooded area, and the police found no evidence that she took action to avoid the incident. At the scene, Boyle County Coroner Dr. Don Hammer pronounced Moddrelle had died of natural causes.

  • Holiday closings for county offices

    Marion County offices will be closed Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

    The Marion County Clerk's Office, County Judge's Office, PVA's Office, and Sheriff's Office will reopen Tuesday, July 5. Sheriff's deputies will respond to calls for service, but from July 2-4, citizens should call the Lebanon Police Dispatch at (270) 692-2121.

    The Marion Circuit Clerk's Office will also be closed July 2-4. It will reopen at 8:30 a.m. July 5.

  • Become a volunteer for the chamber

    By Stacy Mattingly

    Chamber of Commerce Executive-Director