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  • County services affected by MLK holiday

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 20. because this is a holiday for county employees, county services will be affected.

    There will be no garbage pick-up Monday. Instead, sanitation crews will run a double route on Tuesday. Residents are asked to put their trash out early on Tuesday for this reason.

  • Wilson wins Kentucky Distinguished Young Woman

    For the second consecutive year, Marion County's Distinguished Young Woman has become the Kentucky Distinguished Young Woman.

    Paige Wilson won the 2012 state program Saturday evening at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington. Wilson will go on to represent the state in the national program later this year.

    Marion County's Christine Mattingly was the 2011 Kentucky Distinguished Young Woman.

    Look for more about Wilson's win in the Jan. 18 print edition.

  • Marion County schools will be closed Friday

    Marion County schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 13, due to hazardous road conditions.

  • First-grader recovering from fall

    A West Marion Elementary School student returned to school one day after falling from gym bleachers before classes started Jan. 11.
    West Marion Principal Benji Mattingly said the student, a first-grader, may have been leaning on a rail on the bleachers when he fell from the third or fourth bleacher and hit his head on the floor.
    "I don't know for certain, but the railing may not have been in the loop the correct way. When it fell, he fell," Mattingly said.

  • Popping the question!

    Many people, men and women alike, are on the prowl for unusual and memorable ways to propose marriage to their loved ones. The proposal can be simple, with just the two of you and a few props, or it can be based on an elaborate scheme requiring complex planning and numerous accomplices.

    Did your husband (or wife) surprise you with a unique, elaborate or funny proposal?

  • MLK Jr. Day events Sunday

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated Sunday, Jan. 15. Two local events will take place in connection with that celebration.

    The United Concerned Citizens will host their annual Martin Luther King Jr. walk at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. The walk will begin at the Lebanon Post Office.

  • City approves second reading of annexations

    The Lebanon City Council approved the second reading of three property annexations Monday evening.

    The properties are located at 985 Bradfordsville Highway, 915 Bradfordsville Highway, and in the right of way on Hwy. 49 on the city's northern boundary.

    The annexations will take effect upon official publication.

    In other business:

  • News briefs

    Fiscal court approves additional redistricting funds

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has completed its plan to realign the magisterial districts based on the 2010 Census. Now, the county needs to adjust its precinct boundaries.

  • Hat's off

    Jerry Evans takes his membership in the Prince Hall Shriners quite seriously.

    "When I wear that fez, I wear it with absolute pride," Evans said. "It represents what Shrinerdom is all about."

    And to Evans, being a Shriner is about making a difference in his community.

    His efforts have been noticed. In 2011, he was named the Deputy of the Year at the Prince Hall Shriners National Convention in Cincinnati.

  • Cream of the Crop

    In the eyes of Kentucky Farm Bureau, Marion County is the "Top County" in the state.

    The Top County award has been presented for nearly four decades, and the 2011 prize was given to the Marion County chapter during the annual state convention in December in Louisville.

    "All 120 counties in the state have county Farm Bureaus. That obviously makes the competition a little stiffer," said Dan Smaldone, director of public relations for Kentucky Farm Bureau.