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  • Marion County receives food, shelter grant

    Marion County has been awarded a $9,581 grant from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The grant will supplement emergency food, rent/mortgage and utility assistance programs.

    The National Board is headed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but also includes representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA and the United Way of America.

  • Happy, healthy and home

    Kirk and Amy Cecil of Lebanon don't need to be convinced of the value of the work done by the March of Dimes. All they have to do is look at their son.

    Luke was born in the 26th week of Amy's pregnancy, well ahead of his expected arrival at the end of June. But now he's home and healthy.

    "He's happy-go-lucky. He's a good baby," Amy said. "He's very content."

  • The sounds of history

    This weekend, Marion County residents will have the chance to see a little bit of the Smithsonian without ever leaving the county.

    The exhibit "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music" will open to the public starting Saturday, Sept. 22, on the top floor of the Centre Square Fine Arts Building in Lebanon. The exhibit is free of charge.

  • Overcoming the Odds: Moving forward

    Editor's note: This is the third and final story in a series of stories about local citizens who have overcome the odds and went on to thrive and do great things with their lives.

    Jared Wheatley will never forget Oct. 9, 2011, even if he can't really remember it.

    His last memory from that night was driving home from Kroger.

  • Board does not approve Lady Knights' basketball trips

    Approving trips and fundraisers is usually routine business at the Marion County Board of Education meetings, but it wasn't routine during its regular monthly meeting last week.

    When it was time to approve the overnight trips for the Lady Knights basketball team, Board Member Mike Cecil asked if there was a reason the paperwork was being turned in so early. The trips that were up for approval were trips to basketball tournaments in late December and January in Lexington, Mount Sterling and Louisville.

  • Two restaurants turned over to county attorney regarding tourism taxes

    McB's and Hometown BBQ have been turned over to the Marion County Attorney for being delinquent in turning in tourism taxes they have collected from their customers, according to a report presented Sept. 10 to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    According to the report McB's is nine months delinquent in turning in the tourism taxes it has collected, and Hometown BBQ is five months delinquent.

  • 'Call of the Wildman' renewed

    Animal Planet has announced that Ernie Brown Jr., the Turtleman, and his Turtle Team will be back for a second season.

    Nearly 1.3 million viewers tuned in to the season finale of "Call of the Wildman", which helped Animal Planet achieve its highest ever Labor Day audience.

    Animal Planet has signed an agreement for 20 new episodes featuring Brown's barehanded animal-catching antics.

    The air date for the next season has not yet been announced.

  • State representative's granddaughter has died

    Mia Kylee Simmerman, the 3-year-old granddaughter of State Rep. Terry Mills, was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon at the UK Medical Center after being found unresponsive at her home.

    "It's a tragic accident and we're grieving. We're grieving hard," Rep. Mills said.

    Kylee is the daughter of Terri Lee Mills and Andy Simmerman of Lexington.

    "It's the greatest pain I've ever experienced," Rep. Mills said.

  • Early Bird contributions welcome for Thanksgiving meal

    The United Concerned Citizens Organization Inc. will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner on Nov. 29 at Centre Square, but it's not too early to help.

    The UCCO is holding and "early bird" fundraising drive. Anyone who would like to make a contribution to help with the dinner can do so. Checks and money orders should be sent to:

    The United Concerned Citizens Organization, Inc.

    PO Box 74

    Lebanon, KY 40033

  • Turtleman and Turtle Team scheduled to be at Ham Days