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  • 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

  • Kentucky Proud

    Christine Mattingly is taking a much-needed vacation.

    After spending two weeks in Mobile, Ala., preparing for and competing in the Distinguished Young Women National Finals, she's relaxing on the beach. However, many Marion Countians are still abuzz about her recent performance on the national stage.

    According to Bernadette O'Daniel and Mary Anne Blair, both members of the Marion County Junior Miss Committee, Mattingly exceeded everyone's expectations.

  • Ride for a Cure

    The 9th Annual Drury Brothers Relay for Life Poker Run was held Saturday, June 25, at Willie A's in Lebanon. There were approximately 200 riders, and early estimates were that the ride could raise nearly $4,000.

  • WWBD? Brady named jailer of the year

    When Carter County Jailer R.W. Boggs thinks about his own jail, he said he'll often ask himself, "What would Barry do?"

    Boggs is in his first term, and after he was elected he sought advice from Marion County Jailer Barry Brady. Based on his visits to the Marion County Detention Center and discussions with Brady, Boggs has made changes at his own facility.

    "He inspires me with what he does," Boggs said. "Marion County would be crazy to ever get rid of that man."