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  • UPDATE: All Ash Wednesday services have been cancelled

    All Ash Wednesday services in Marion County have been cancelled for Feb. 18.

    Services have been cancelled at St. Augustine, Holy Name of Mary, St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Cross, St. Charles and St. Francis Xavier have been cancelled.

    St. Augustine pastor, Fr. Bill Bowling, is encouraging parishioners to stay home, pray and fast.

    Members of the parishes mentioned above may want to know that ashes may be distributed this weekend.

  • County offices, judicial center are open today

    County offices in the David R. Hourigan Government Building are open today, Feb. 18, according to Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly.

    "We're here. We're operating on a skeleton crew, but we're trying to get back to business as usual," Mattingly wrote in a text message.

    Also, the Marion County Judicial Center will be opening at 8:30 a.m. today.

    The Marion County Public Library is closed, and Marion County Public Schools remain closed until further notice.

  • Illness within MCPS

    Members of the community have been concerned about the low attendance due to recent illnesses affecting schools throughout the district.

    “It was on the west end of the county and now it’s moved to this [east] end of the county. Our high school actually has the poorest attendance right now, but we still have some elementary schools that are at 94 percent,” Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said during the Feb. 12 Marion County Board of Education meeting.

  • Dangerously cold conditions are possible this week

     Arctic winds could bring bitterly cold conditions on Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures between -10 and -5 degrees on Thursday morning and wind chills possible down to -25 degrees, according to the weather service.

    “These bone chilling temperatures and wind chills pose a real danger to anyone who is outside for prolonged periods of time,” the weather service reported.

  • Black history program is Sunday

    The Lebanon chapter of the NAACP will be hosting its annual black history program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Centre Square.

    The guests at this year’s program is the Louisville chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers. The black history exhibit at the Marion County Heritage Museum will be open after the program.

  • Boutique shop helps downtown

    Six years ago, Jessica Taylor opened a boutique shop in downtown Lebanon, but even she is surprised by what That Cute Little Shop has become.

    “I never expected it to be what it is now,” Taylor said. “Originally I wanted to do clothing, but I had so many people say that they didn’t think it would go over well.”

  • Community representative

    Angela Nance grew up as the seventh of nine children in a farm family from St. Mary. 

    More recently, she was re-appointed to a second term on the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. And where she lives is one of the reasons she wants to serve. She pointed out that more populated parts of the state, like Louisville and Lexington, are well represented.

  • Tourist commission receives $18,000 request for truck pull

    Tom McConnell came to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission meeting on Feb. 9 with a proposal and a request for $18,000.

    McConnell attended the meeting on behalf of the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series. McConnell and Kevin Fulks are the co-owner of the series.

  • Lebanon Police no longer unlocking vehicles

    The Lebanon Police Department will no longer be unlocking vehicles now that a new locksmith is working in Lebanon.

    “We’re not in the business of competing with a locksmith,” Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady said.

    In 2014, Lebanon Police unlocked 5,660 cars, which is an average of 16 unlocks a day, according to Brady.

  • Alpaca fiber plant set to open in Springfield

    You may not have heard of the name U.S. Natural Fibers yet – but you will soon.

    USNF is a fiber processing plant that is currently under works in Springfield and will bring several new jobs to the community in the months to come.