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  • Police make arrest in Tuesday shooting

    The victim of the Tuesday, Feb. 1, shooting on High Street in Lebanon has been released from the hospital and the alleged shooter has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

    Pam Pittman, 60, was shot while sitting on the couch in her home located at 213 W. High Street in Lebanon. Pittman was released from the hospital Wednesday, Feb. 2, according to Lebanon Police Officer Daniel Forbis.

  • Tech center engineer position still on the table

    The Marion County Area Technology Center could soon have an engineer on staff.

    Last week, the Marion County Board of Education was very close to approving the hiring of a temporary engineer for the tech center at a cost of $75,000. But, some unanswered questions regarding where exactly the funding for the position would come from led to the majority of the board voting to table the decision until its Feb. 8 meeting.

  • Smith resigns as superintendent

    What a difference a month and three new school board members make.

    In less than a month's time, the Marion County Board of Education has reached an agreement with Superintendent Donald Smith for his resignation, hired an interim superintendent and has begun the process to hire a new superintendent.

  • Angelic Hall 'needs to be used more'

    During a recent meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, Commissioner Tom Lund said he was disappointed that Angelic Hall was not utilized during the holiday season.

    Lund had noticed many communities were having Christmas plays and concerts while Angelic Hall sat empty, he said in a telephone interview.

    "It's just too nice a facility to leave sitting there," Lund said.

  • NAACP to host meeting

     The Marion County branch of the NAACP will hold its monthly meeting Sunday, Feb. 6, at Centre Square in Lebanon. The executive board meeting will begin at 2 p.m. The public meeting will begin at 3 p.m.

    The topic for this meeting will be black and white community relations, and the subtopic will be the termination of Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith.

  • Chamber announces outstanding award winners

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner Jan. 27. 

    Here are this year's winners:

    Outstanding Chamber Member - MIKE FM

    Outstanding Business Person - Frank Southall

    Outstanding Farmer - J.W. Maupin and Mike Maupin

    Outstanding Industry Manager - Bill Samuels Jr.

    Outstanding Citizen - Jerry Reynolds

    Outstanding Educator - the late Tammy Newton

    Outstanding Healthcare Professional - Dr. Eric Bentley

  • Smithsonian music exhibit coming to Lebanon

    "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music" will be coming to Lebanon Sept. 21 through Nov. 3. This Smithsonian traveling exhibit was designed for rural audiences.

    Lebanon City Attorney Kandice Engle-Gray said the Centre Square Foundation Board brought the information to her, and they had a short time frame in which to turn in a grant application. The city learned Thursday that it will be one of six cities in Kentucky that will get to host the exhibit.

  • Money being raised for deceased farm worker

    On Jan. 12, Antonio Hernandez, 19, died as a result of a hunting accident in Casey County. Hernandez, a Mexican native, has worked on tobacco farms in Casey and Marion counties, and his co-workers are attempting to raise money to transport his body back to his family.

    Tim Benningfield said that approximately $6,700 was needed to transport Hernandez body.

  • Makeup school days

    The Marion County Board of Education recently voted to use Feb. 21, Presidents Day, as a makeup day. So far, 12 days have been missed because of snow, and it's likely more days will be missed before winter is over. Last year, school was out for seven days in February because of snow.

  • Fiddlin' around

    Saturday morning, Amber Keene took her first fiddle lesson. That evening, she performed "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on stage in front of hundreds of people accompanied by a three-time national banjo champion.

    This was also the first year that Keene, 9, of Bloomfield has attended the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Festival.

    "The bands were pretty cool," she said. "I've never been here before and I want to come back next year."