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  • Tourist commission questions director, approves funds for BBQ festival

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission met for more then four hours on Monday, including an hour in executive session to discuss possible disciplinary actions against Executive Director Chris Hamilton.

    Some commissioners raised concerns about a dinner bill from Hennings restaurant, and at the end of the meeting Commissioner Nancy Higdon made the motion to go into closed session to discuss possible disciplinary action against Hamilton. No disciplinary action was taken when the board returned to open session, however.

  • Friendly physician passes away

    Dr. Robert Wilber will be remembered by friends, co-workers and patients for his personal service and concern. He died Feb. 7. He was 78 years old.

    "He was one of a kind," said Linda Crouch, a long-term employee of Wilber's.

    Crouch said Wilber practiced medicine in Lebanon from 1962 until 1997. He later returned to medicine for a short time in Springfield.

    "He loved to educate his patients," Crouch said.

  • Heart attack suspected as cause of death in accident

    From The Kentucky Standard

    A Marion County man who died after getting into a minor accident Thursday in Bardstown is suspected to have suffered a heart attack.

    Joseph Wayne Newton, 59, of Loretto was pronounced dead in the Flaget Memorial Hospital after being transported there by Nelson County EMS, according to Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin.

    Houghlin said an autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner to determine an exact cause of death, but preliminary indications point to a heart attack. 

  • MCHS principal search underway

    The Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council has renewed its search for a principal.

    Chris Brady, the interim principal and the chairman of the council, said the notice was posted on the Kentucky Department of Education website on Feb. 2. Brady said the notice must be posted for at least 30 days.

    "It will be at least a month or two before anything big happens," Brady said.

  • School board will meet Thursday evening

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10.

    The board is scheduled to meet with Mike Oder of the Kentucky School Boards Association to develop a superintendent search plan.

    The board is also scheduled to discuss parliamentary procedures and to approve the minutes of previous meetings.

  • No school Friday, Feb. 11

    Marion County Public Schools will be closed Friday, Feb. 11, due to poor road conditions.

    The National Weather Service is predicting patchy fog before 7 a.m. Friday. The forecast is for sunny conditions with a high of 34 degrees with wind chill factors as low as zero.

    The forecast for Friday evening is for a high around 22 degrees.

  • Ewarrants are in effect

    District Judge Amy Anderson was on her way home recently when she received a call requesting her signature on a warrant.

    Anderson pulled off the road, used her cell phone to access LINK (the Law Enforcement Information Network of Kentucky) and signed off on the warrant electronically.

    This process became possible as a result of the implementation of electronic warrants in the 11th Judicial Circuit, which includes Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties.

  • Legislative round-table

    Budget cuts, illegal immigration and Medicaid... Oh my.

    Those were just a few of the topics discussed during the Jan. 29th legislative forum hosted by Marion County Farm Bureau.

    U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills were all in attendance, along with a room full of farmers, local officials and Marion County citizens.

  • Industrial foundation presents annual report

    Tom Lund presented the annual report of the Marion County Industrial Foundation to the Marion County Fiscal Court on Feb. 2 and to the Lebanon City Council on Feb. 7. Lund is the Marion County economic development director.

  • Fiscal court approves use of funds for tech school engineer

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved the use of its funds to hire an engineer at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    The court previously donated $150,000 in Local Government Economic Assistance funds to Marion County Public Schools toward the renovation of the tech center. The Marion County Board of Education postponed a decision during its Jan. 25 meeting on funding an engineering position at the tech center until it received approval from the court to use LGEA funds toward that hire.