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  • Adam Hughes Memorial Highway has been dedicated

    The Lebanon bypass extension was dedicated Tuesday morning, June 15. As part of the dedication of the extension, that portion of Hwy. 2154 has been named the Adam Hughes Memorial Highway.

    Sgt. Hughes died while serving in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle.

    Look for more about the dedication in the June 23 print edition.

  • What's in the water?

    Customers of Lebanon Water Works and the Marion County Water District recently received a report stating that in February a water sample had a turbidity level that exceeded the turbidity standards.   So what is turbidity?

    "Turbidity is not harmful to your health," said John L. Thomas, Lebanon Water Works superintendent. "It's just the cloudiness of the water. I doubt that anybody saw it at their household."

  • MCHS band in dire situation, but so are academics, principal says

    In April, during a discussion about Section 7 requests, board members agreed to possibly give the Marion County High School band $10,000. The board didn't make an official decision on that funding, however.

    According to Marion County High School Principal Taylora Schlosser, the board asked the MCHS site-based decision-making council to make the recommendation for the band to receive those funds. However, the council was uncomfortable doing so, and voiced their concerns during last week's board meeting.

  • Lebanon City Council meeting Tuesday

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in a special-called meeting Tuesday, June 22.

    The meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, is also scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. These are are the items on the agenda for that meeting:

    - The second reading of an ordinance amending the 2009-10 budget.

    - The second reading of the 2010-11 fiscal year budget.

  • Funeral for Loretto fire chief is Thursday

    Loretto Fire Chief Mark Mattingly was found dead in his home Monday morning after he did not report to work at Maker's Mark.

    He was 42 years old.

    The cause of death has not yet been released.

    "Mark was an extremely hard worker," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said. "He was dedicated to fire and rescue services for this county."

    Chief Mattingly also worked as an EMT in Marion and Nelson counties.

    Chuck Helm, the Raywick fire chief, said Chief Mattingly was one the best chiefs and best firefighters around.

  • Marion County has a 'good team' in Frankfort

    Teamwork - that was the theme during Marion County Economic Development's First Friday Forum June 4. Marion County's very own "A-team" of sorts - State Rep. Terry Mills, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and lobbyist Karen Thomas-Lentz - were on hand to speak about the state budget that was recently approved, which includes $32 million in projects for Marion County.

    "We came out in really good shape," Thomas-Lentz said. "And I think the reason is... you're sitting in the perfect place right now.

  • State police warn of telephone scam

    The following announcement was issued by the Kentucky State Police:

    Citizens throughout the Commonwealth should be on guard for telephone solicitations requesting donations for the benefit of the Kentucky State Police.

    According to Lt. David Jude, commander of the KSP Media Relations Branch, the agency has received numerous reports from individuals throughout the state regarding efforts to raise funds for the families of fallen troopers or to purchase drug dogs for schools.

  • In brief

    Law enforcement looking for impostor

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a man pretending to be a law enforcement officer. Early last week, the Lebanon Police Department received reports of a man pulling people over in the Loretto area.

  • Pet monkeys confiscated, owner fined

    Having two exotic pets proved to be costly for a Marion County woman. In addition to surrendering her pets to a primate rescue organization, she was ordered to pay $393 in court costs, fines, fees, taxes and restitution to a primate rescue organization.   "It just took my heart," Wanda Skaggs said.

    Skaggs, 54, of 2550 St. Matthews Cemetery Road in Finley had two pet marmosets, according to the uniform citation issued by Jeremy McQueary of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Marion County raises $36,500 for Crusade for Children

    Fire departments in Marion County, along with hundreds of fire departments across the state, managed to raise more than $5.3 million for the WHAS Crusade for Children.

    Marion County contributed more than $36,500 to the 57th annual WHAS Crusade for Children, which helps children with special needs. This year's total tops last year's by more than $11,000. It's the most raised since 2005.

    The Gravel Switch Volunteer Fire Department received the "Walton" award for their increase in donations to the Crusade.