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  • Kentucky voters will consider 'right to hunt' amendment

    On Nov. 6, Kentuckians will have the opportunity to vote on amending the state constitution to explicitly include the right to hunt.

    The General Assembly approved legislation during the 2011 regular session to put the amendment on the ballot this year. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources worked on the bill along with the League of Kentucky Sportsman and the National Rifle Association.

  • R.L. Schrieber working on expansion

    Greg Ransdell, CEO of R.L. Schreiber, visited the Marion County Industrial Foundation Board on Oct. 2 and provided an update on the company's plans.

    "The company is going through an enormous change," Ransdell said.

    R.L. Schreiber opened its Lebanon plant in May of 2011 with plans to hire 83 employees. To date, Ransdell said the Lebanon plant employs more than 60 people, and he anticipates it will have more than 83 employees after a new high-efficiency, production line is installed.

  • Smith pleads to wanton endangerment

    A Lebanon man who was facing an attempted murder charge has pled guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment.

    James C. Smith, 51, of 3450 Hwy. 208 was arrested Dec. 10, 2011. According to the arrest report, Catherine "Kitty" Smith, his ex-wife, wrestled the gun away from him before fleeing their home and going to her daughter's house.

  • Special educator ends 31-year career on high note

    It takes courage to follow one's heart, and that's exactly what Debbie Spalding did 31 years ago when she accepted her first job as a special education teacher.

    This month, Spalding will retire from the only career she has ever known.

    But, initially, it wasn't her first career choice.

    She had planned on becoming a nurse. She even went to nursing school, but experiencing the death of several of her patients was too much for her.

  • Susie's Bottoms Up 'likely' to have discriminated against blacks

    The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has concluded that there is "probable cause to believe unlawful discrimination" occurred at a Raywick bar earlier this year. The complaints stem from accusations that Susie's Bottoms Up Bar and Grill and its owner, Susan Riggle, denied entrance to African-Americans.

  • Bobby Rigdon arrested for murder

    William R. "Bobby" Rigdon of Lebanon was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with murder in the death of Wendall "Gleason" Pyles, who was shot and killed Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, while working at Tarter Gate Company in Dunnville.
    According to a media release from KSP Post 15, Rigdon, 27, was arrested at 8:52 p.m., three miles north of Lebanon on St. Rose Road. He was arrested by Kentucky State Troopers and detectives from Post 15 along with KSP Special Response Team members and assisted by deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Department.

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Here is the agenda:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - First reading of a 2012-13 budget ordinance amendment

    - Agreement with the Marion County Historical Society regarding insurance

    - E-911 Advisory Board by-laws and procedures/appointments

    - Department reports

    - Payment of bills 

  • Keeping pace

    Casey Wright of Georgetown was understandably out of breath after finishing a six-mile leg that ended at Maker's Mark in the 2012 Bourbon Chase. She still managed a smile and said that this is her second time participating in the race.

    She offered a one-word explanation for why she returned.

    "Craziness," Wright said.

  • Forkland Festival is Oct. 12-13

     

    The 41st annual Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue will be held Oct. 12 and 13 at the Forkland Community Center.

    Exhibits will include the Forkland Abraham Lincoln Museum and a salute to servicemen, as well as wildlife, genealogy, old farm machinery and tools and Native American artifacts.

    Living history skits by descendants of early pioneer settlers will show what life was like for a blacksmith, a Revolutionary War soldier and a traveling peddler.

  • Great Outhouse Blowout is Oct. 6

    Madness returns to Penn's Store on Oct. 6 for the 2012 Great Outhouse Blowout. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Outhouse 300 races, food and music will all be part of this year's festivities. Dawn Osbourne, Cheyenne, and 3 on the Floor are scheduled to perform. Visitors can compete in ugly legs (for men), the Outhouse bachelor (for women), and ugly truck contests.

    Visitors can also participate in the car, truck and motorcycle show.