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  • Former Raywick fire chief pleads guilty to abuse of public trust

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm pled guilty to abuse of public trust on Nov. 20 in Marion Circuit Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18.
    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick was indicted in November of 2012. He was originally charged with abuse of public trust between $10,000 and $100,000 and theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more.

  • Educating the educators

    Tammy Parman leaned over to get a closer look at a student’s essay about her grandmother.
    “You don’t have to tell me your next paragraph is going to give me examples,” Parman suggested. “You let me figure that out.”

  • Luxco acquires an interest in Limestone Branch Distillery

    Luxco announced Tuesday, Dec. 2, that the company will acquire a 50 percent equity position in Limestone Branch Distillery. The distillery going forward will be operated jointly by the two companies. 

  • Olivier named new tourism director

    Nena Olivier is the new executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.
    During a special-called meeting Dec. 3, the commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Olivier to the fill the position vacated by Carla Abbi. Commission Chairman James Spragens said Olivier was the best candidate for the position.
    He said the commission received 20 applications and five of those applicants were interviewed for the job. He added that he has been impressed with Olivier’s “quiet confidence” about the job.

  • Another pipeline in the works

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    On the heels of a victory for local community members fighting to keep the Bluegrass Pipeline from passing through central Kentucky, another project has been proposed that residents fear could bring the same, or even greater, risks.
    A public forum was held Dec. 2 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s (ECTC) Springfield campus, and several people expressed concerns over the most recent proposal.

  • Closed session leads to school board rescinding approval of energy savings plan

    The Marion County Board of Education will have to try again if it wants guaranteed energy savings for the school district.
    During a special-called meeting Dec. 4, the board voted unanimously to rescind its approval of a proposal from CMTA Consulting Engineers. The board originally approved one of CMTA’s plans on Nov. 11.

  • Wreaths Across America event is Saturday

    National nonprofit Wreaths Across America is working hard to ensure no veteran from Marion County is forgotten this holiday season. At noon on Saturday, Dec. 13, which is National Wreaths Across America Day, 254 remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen veterans at the Lebanon National Cemetery in Lebanon.

  • School board meeting at 5 p.m. today

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to have a special-called meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Marion County ATC students will be giving presentations at 4:30 before the meeting.

    The agenda for the Dec. 9 meeting includes the following:

    • Communications

    - Superintendent's report

    - Discussion of the superintendent's mid-year evaluation

    - Introduction of the 2015 Leadership NOW class

    - Preschool committee report

  • City council meets Monday evening

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at city hall.

    The agenda for tonight's meeting includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Payment of bills

    • Department report

    • Old business

    • New business:

    - Council concurrence with Brad Mattingly's appointment to the planning and zoning commission

    - Second reading of an ordinance changing the zoning classification of multiple properties across 47.459 acres

  • Tourist commission meets today

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes the following:

    • Minutes of Nov. 10 and 19 and Dec. 3 meetings

    • Treasurer's report

    • Executive diretor's report

    • New business

    • Old business

    - Kentukcy Classic Arts