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  • Fire school is Oct. 23-24

    Marion County will once again be the sight for the fourth annual fire school, which will be held Oct. 23-24.

    The school will offer 12 classes to firefighters from all over the state, and it's free.

    "To our knowledge it is still only one of two fire schools of its size offered at no charge in the state and that's thanks to the City of Lebanon, county government, Kentucky State Fire Commission and all local emergency services," Trey Abell, local firefighter and EMT, said.

  • Little fighter

    On first glance, Kayleigh Farmer, nearly 6 months old, appears as happy and healthy as any other baby. The only semblance of anything otherwise is the tiny tube she is connected to ... the tube that's keeping her fed.

    Kayleigh was born two months early in May, with a cleft palate.

    Heather Farmer says the condition means her daughter will have to undergo surgery when she's about a year old.

  • Lebanon approves agreement with historical society

    The Marion County Historical Society may soon have local history on display at Centre Square.

    Monday, Oct. 11, the Lebanon City Council voted 5-0 to approve a pair of lease agreements with the historical society allowing the society to create displays in the Centre Square Fine Arts Building and the Centre Square Convention Center.

    Councilwoman Denise Fogle was not present at that meeting.

  • 'Regular guy' seeks state house seat

    Leo Johnson says that it's time for a change in leadership in Frankfort. And he wants voters to elect a "regular guy" like himself instead of someone wanting to be a career politician.

    The Casey County Republican is challenging incumbent Terry Mills, D-Lebanon, for the 24th District House of Representatives seat which serves Casey, Marion and part of Pulaski County.

  • UPDATE: Tornado warning has expired; tornado watch remains in effect

    A tornado warning expired at 1:45 p.m., but a tornado watch remains in effect until 4 p.m. this afternoon, Oct. 26, for Marion County and the surrounding area, according to the National Weather Service. 

    The tornado watch affects 80 Kentucky counties, including Marion County and all surrounding counties.

  • Judicial center project to be in December

    The Marion County Judicial Center Project, which broke ground in April, might be one of the few judicial center projects in the state to be completed on time, according to Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly.

    "The project has gone really smooth," he said.

    Substantial completion of the building is scheduled for Dec. 4, and occupancy of the building is scheduled for the first of the year, Mattingly said.

  • Council seeks more movement on nuisance properties

    The City of Lebanon may become more aggressive in pursuing action against nuisance properties.

    During the city council's Oct. 11 meeting, Councilman Kenny Marrett noted that the city's property maintenance ordinance allows the city to cite property owners as frequently as every 10 days. He noted that one property owner has already accumulated more than $4,000 in fines under the ordinance, but his fines could have exceeded $30,000 had he been cited as often as the ordinance allows.

  • Hybrid electric school bus takes to the road

    Increased fuel mileage and reduced emissions aren't common characteristics of a school bus, but that's changing in the state of Kentucky.

    Kentucky will soon have the distinction of having the largest hybrid electric school bus fleet in the nation, and Marion County was one of the 22 districts that received grant funding to purchase a hybrid school bus of its own.

  • Library will host Legislative Meet & Greet today

    Meet area legislators and show support for public libraries at the Legislative Meet & Greet Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at the Marion County Public Library.

    Hosted by the state and local Friends of the Libraries and the libraries of Marion, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties, guests will have the opportunity to meet legislators, hear updates, ask questions and voice their support for libraries.

  • Challenger speaks for 'working people'

    Ed Marksberry is a carpenter, a homebuilder and a real estate broker. This fall, he is seeking another job, U.S. Representative for Kentucky's Second District.

    Marksberry, 47, is the Democratic challenger facing incumbent Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Republican, on Nov. 2. Marksberry is running because of the differences he perceives between himself and Guthrie (see related story).