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  • City to purchase Crown Victorias for the police

    The Lebanon Police Department will be getting 10 new Ford Crown Victorias. The Lebanon City Council approved the purchase during a special-called meeting Friday, March 18.

    The council was divided 4-2 in favor of purchasing the Crown Vics from Paul Miller Ford in Lexington. The council also had the option of buying Dodge Chargers from Pickerill Motor Company in Lebanon.

  • Making headway

    With clippers buzzing and hair flying, the St. Augustine gymnasium became a temporary barbershop Saturday afternoon.

    This is the fifth year St. A has been the host site for the local St. Baldrick's event, which raises money for children's cancer research by shaving the heads of its participants.

  • Tourism budget put on hold

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission postponed a decision regarding its amended 2010-11 budget during its March 16 meeting.

    Before the commission voted on the revised budget, Commissioner David Winebrenner Jr. clarified that it included $12,000 for the Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest, which is scheduled for May 21.

    "Given what's happened recently ... we ought to consider taking some time to look at the impact relative to tourism going forward," Winebrenner said.

  • Junior Mister is Saturday, March 26

    The Marion County High School Beta Club is pleased to present the 6th annual Marion County Junior Mister Pageant Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Roby Dome.

    The pageant was designed to mirror the Marion County Junior Miss competition with participants competing in interview, fitness, poise and talent competitions but this pageant was for high school boys instead of girls - hence the name "Junior Mister."

  • Detainee found dead at MCDC

    Marcus Dunning, a federal detainee at the Marion County Detention Center, was found dead during a routine count Sunday morning, March 20.
    Dunning, 39, of Louisville was found to be unresponsive at 7:20 a.m. Saturday. The staff started CPR and called EMS upon finding Dunning, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said.
    "There was no sign of foul play," Brady said. "He just died in his sleep."

  • Superintendent Screening Committee is formed

    The Superintendent Search Screening Committee has officially been formed and the process to hire a new superintendent continues.

    After accepting nominations, parents of the school district elected Pat Neal (a Lebanon Elementary School parent) to be the minority parent representative. Because the school system's minority student population is greater than eight percent, one of the members of the screening committee must be a minority parent.

    The committee consists of the following individuals:

  • Lebanon to purchase Crown Victorias for the police

    The Lebanon Police Department will be getting 10 new Ford Crown Victorias. The Lebanon City Council approved the purchase during a special-called meeting Friday, March 18.

    The council was divided 4-2 in favor of purchasing the Crown Vics from Paul Miller Ford in Lexington. Bill Pickerill of Pickerill Motor Company in Lebanon had presented the council with an option of buying Dodge Chargers instead of the Crown Vics.

  • City council agrees to share mapping costs with county

    During a special-called meeting March 16, the Lebanon City Council agreed to pay for one-third of the costs of mapping and data merging services, both which are necessary for the county to acquire enhanced 911 services.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly addressed the council and made the request personally during Wednesday's meeting. He said the county would pay for the remaining two-thirds of the costs.

  • Tourism commission tables budget decision

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission tabled a decision regarding its amended 2010-11 budget during its March 16 meeting.

    In light of the recent action by the Lebanon City Council, Commissioner Dave Winebrenner said the commission needs more information before it can make a decision. The commission agreed to table a decision until its next meeting, which is scheduled for April 11.

  • School board votes to support drug-testing

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday evening, March 8, to adopt a resolution for a drug-testing program at Marion County High School for the 2011-12 school year.

    How that drug-testing program will be implemented hasn't yet been decided, however. Passing the resolution was just the first step.

    "This is just getting it started," Board Member DeLane Pinkston said.