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  • Friends in deed

    On Sunday afternoon, Alex Thomas sat on a porch swing surrounded by family and friends. That wouldn’t seem noteworthy, except that a week earlier at that time, she was at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville waiting to check out.
    On May 25, Alex spent two to three minutes passed out and underwater, pinned by a Kubota rugged terrain vehicle. She was revived when friends Alyssa McRay, Cameron Goodin and Jacob Marples were able to push the RTV off her, and Jacob, administered CPR.

  • 400-mile yard sale is June 6-8

    This year is the 10th anniversary of the 400 Mile Sale, and the route has expanded to be bigger than ever.
    The 400 Mile Sale is taking place June 6-9 along U.S. 68, which runs right through Lebanon. The event will include miles and miles of yard, garage, and specialty sales as well as discounts at antique shops and boutiques across the state.

  • Thousands mourn fallen hero

    By Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was remembered at his funeral Thursday as a man who loved life and liked to make people laugh.
    In his eulogy for the young officer, who was murdered early Saturday morning, Police Chief Rick McCubbin told funny stories about Ellis, who would dress up in ridiculous costumes at office parties and play pranks on his fellow officers.

  • Support continues for fallen Bardstown officer

    By Kristie Hamon
    Landmark News Service

    Three mayors and two police chiefs from four Hardin County cities traveled to Bardstown City Hall Friday, where they delivered donations to the reward fund for the arrest and conviction of the suspect in the May 25 shooting of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.
    Kentucky State Police is heading the investigation and have received several tips, all of which they are following up on.

  • Nicole’s new lease on life

    “Something bad is going to happen to me.”
    Nicole Cambron Thompson, 34, remembers saying that last summer, shortly after opening her salon.
    Life was just too good.
    Her dream of owning her own hair salon, Luxe Salon, was finally a reality.
    Her marriage was better than ever.
    Her three children were thriving.
    Things were just too good.
    Something bad was bound to happen.
    And it did.

  • Old Mill Days is this weekend

    Bradfordsville’s 24th annual Old Mill Days celebration returns Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Little Town That Could.”
    The festivities open Friday at 5 p.m. The flea market, arts and crafts and rides — including a bull ride, a bouncy house, an inflatable obstacle course, a pool slide, a train and battery-powered cars — will be available. Be sure to dress appropriately to enjoy everything.

  • Lebanon says adieu to ‘Dr. John’

    John Ratliff — “Dr. John” to his patients — was a throwback to a bygone era.
    During his 41 years practicing medicine in Lebanon, he made house calls, he was sometimes paid with country hams or chickens, and, according to Pam Moraja, it was common to see Ratliff sitting in his office with a pipe in his mouth.
    When Ratliff, 93, passed away May 30, it was personal for Moraja. Her mother had worked for him for 30 years.

  • Board talks budget, tax rate

    The Marion County Board of Education approved the 2013-14 tentative budget during a special called meeting last week. The $29.3 million budget includes a four percent tax rate increase. But, based on comments from several school board members, that rate increase isn’t necessarily going to fly with them this year.
    “It just seems like every year we keep increasing and increasing and we keep getting cut and cut and it falls on the taxpayers of Marion County,” Board Vice Chairman Ed Hacker said.

  • Oklahoma twister is a reminder of tornado dangers

    In the past month massive tornados have ripped through Oklahoma, and it’s been a little over a year since a tornado decimated West Liberty here in Kentucky.
    These events serve as reminders of the dangers posed by these storms.
    With that in mind, Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson shared some tips for being safe before, during and after a tornado from the American Red Cross.

    Before the storm

  • Sound the trumpets

    Don Johnson has been working for years to bring world-class musicians to Lebanon, and he’ll be doing just that June 8 at St. Augustine Catholic Church.
    Friedemann Immer of Germany and John Foster of Australia will be performing with Johnson’s group, the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets.
    “I don’t think anyone would argue with me that Friedemann Immer is the finest baroque trumpeter in the world,” Johnson said.