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  • County coroner candidate questionnaire: Dick Moraja

    J.R. Moraja, Sr. - Dick Moraja   Address: 246 S. Proctor Knott Ave. - Lebanon, Ky.   Date of Birth: September 11, 1941   Family Information:   Parents-  Cecil and Hattie Moraja (deceased) Wife-  Betty Blandford Moraja Son-  Richard Moraja, wife Pam Grandchildren-  Ann Carol and Alex Moraja All living in Marion County.   Educational Background: Attended St.

  • Mills wins state rep race

    Democrat Terry Mills was re-elected as the 24th District state representative in a tight contest with Republican Leo Johnson, 6,204 votes to 5,372 votes. This was a rematch of the special election held Feb. 2. Michael Mullins, Ed Hacker and Mike Cecil were elected to the Marion County Board of Education. In District Three, Michael Mullins defeated incumbent Alex Ackermann, 717 to 360. Ackermann has served on the board since she was elected during a special election in November of 2007. Mullins previously served on the Board of Education from 2003-07.

  • Marching Knights finish 10th overall

    The Marion County High School Marching Knights finished 10th with a score of 76.3 in the Class AAAA state semifinals Oct. 30 at South Oldham High School.

    Band Director Shane Mitchell said the band's improvement from the beginning of the season to Saturday was like "night and day", noting that they have improved every week.

    "The kids had a lot of passion today," Mitchell said following their performance. "And they were focused."

  • Lebanon City Council candidate Jerry Abell

    Jerry Abell

  • Progress on nuisance properties

    When Frank Spragens met with the Lebanon Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Board in September, they made it clear they wanted to see improvements to Spragens' properties at 322 and 412 S. Proctor Knott Ave and 226 W. Chandler Street.

    According to John Thompson, the Lebanon building inspector, Spragens has made steps toward compliance with the city ordinance.

  • Ham Days profits $51,000

    The 2010 Ham Days generated $124,279 in revenue, about $1,200 more than what had been budgeted, according to Marion County Chamber of Commerce President Brad Mattingly.

    "All in all, in today's economy, I consider that to be remarkable," he said during the Ham Days follow-up meeting Oct. 26.

    After expenses, the overall profit this year was around $51,000, Brad Mattingly reported. He added that a few small remaining expenses could decrease that figure slightly.

  • Lebanon City Council candidate Darin Spalding

    Darin Spalding   Age: 42   Educational background: Marion County High School, graduated 1985 Associated of Applied Science Degree in Computer Aided Design and Drafting from Louisville Technical Institute, graduated 1988   Address: 614 Bruce Street, Lebanon, KY   Work Experience: Senior Designer at CFW Associated Engineers, Inc.

  • Forest and field fires plague county, state

    The west coast is prone to having forest fires, but the Bluegrass State is also experiencing an active wildfire season so far this year thanks to the extremely dry conditions. Last week, a large blaze, which started during the early afternoon on Thursday in a LaRue County soybean field north of Sonora, burned approximately 1,000 acres. Authorities closed Ky. 84 to traffic and evacuated about 10 homes in the area. The billowing smoke could be seen from Elizabethtown.

    Marion County also had its fair share of forest and field fires, as well.

  • Columbine High School shooting survivor to speak Oct. 28

    Craig Scott, one of the survivors of the Columbine High School shootings, who spoke to Marion County students and the community at-large in February of this year, will be returning Thursday, Oct. 28.

    Scott's first visit to Marion County was to deliver Rachel's Challenge - a message inspired by his sister, Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first person killed April 20, 1993. The purpose of Rachel's Challenge isn't to dwell on the shootings that occurred at Columbine High School that day, but to seek positive influences, be kind and look for the best in others.

  • District E Magistrate candidate - Joe Livers

    Joseph "Joe" Lambert Livers Jr.   Address: 1790 Wards Branch Road, Lebanon   Date of birth: Nov. 10, 1952   Family information: Son of Lambert and Deverial Miles Livers of Jessietown. Four sisters and four brothers of which I am the eldest. I have three sons: Joseph, James and Grant, ages 35, 28 and 9, respectively. Grant was deceased on July 24 of this year.   Educational background: I attended St. Joseph Elementary and St.