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  • Leadership’s leaders

    This year’s President’s Award honors a trio of people who’s efforts have impacted Marion County for a quarter century. In 1987, the first class of Leadership Lebanon met, and 25 years later, that organization is still going strong as Leadership Lebanon-Marion County.
    But that first class wouldn’t have happened without the work of Dr. Bill Duley, Susie Smith and Nancy Spragens. For that, they were presented with the 2013 President’s Award from the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Energy company honored for service

    A commitment to serving the community is why Inter-County Energy was named the 2013 Outstanding Chamber Member by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
    “We’re just honored that we got this award,” said Sharon Bach of Inter-County’s Lebanon office. “We try to be good stewards of all our territory.”

  • Girls’ Sweet 16 could impact school calendar

    The Marion County Board of Education will be approving some amendments to the school calendar next week, which could include a day off school for the KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 basketball tournament.
    Marion County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton recommended to the board during its Feb. 26 meeting to dismiss school if the Marion County High School Lady Knights make it the second round of the state tourney.

  • School district’s tobacco-free policy not being enforced

    All of Marion County’s public schools have a tobacco-free policy.
    The policy has been in place since 2000.
    But, it’s not being followed, and that makes Marion County Board of Education Chairman Michael Mullins angry.
    “We’ve been taking credit for something we’re not. I don’t think we should be doing that,” Mullins said during the Feb. 26 school board meeting.

  • Winter weather advisory issued for Marion County

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Marion County from 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, until 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

    The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a snow advisory. Rain is expected to change into snow after sunset, according to the weather service.

    Accumulations of one to two inches are expected, and drivers are advised to allow extra time for travel on Wednesday morning. Also, wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour could reduce visibility at times.

  • Mother charged with DUI after accident with child in vehicle

    A 40-year-old mother was arrested for driving under the influence while her 5-year-old son was in her vehicle after colliding with a rock wall Thursday afternoon.

    Pamela Bennett of Campbellsville was arrested for DUI third offense, first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, failure to produce an insurance card and failure to maintain insurance, according to the Kentucky State Police.

  • Couple looking to rebuild after house fire

    A Lebanon couple is looking to rebuild after a house fire damaged much of their Lisa Avenue home on Feb. 18.

    Neither Anthony nor Melissa Carrington were home at the time of the fire.

    “We lost everything,” Melissa Carrington said. “We couldn’t salvage anything out of there.”

    The couple are staying at the Hampton Inn for now, and they are in the process of finding a place to rent until they are able to move back into their home at 641 Lisa Avenue. Melissa said that could be between four and six months.

  • Superintendent recommends school calendar amendments for snow days, girls state basketball tourney

    Marion County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton made several recommendations regarding the school calendar during Tuesday night's school board meeting, including the possible dismissal of school if the Marion County High School Lady Knights make it to the second round of the KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament.

  • People who help people

    Stella Porter lives a simple life.
    She shies away from the limelight. She’s more of a behind-the-scenes person. But, the work she does in her community and in her church doesn’t go unnoticed.
    In fact, this Saturday Porter will be receiving the Genevieve Boone Award at the 2013 African American Catholic Leadership Awards Banquet. This award is given to an individual who has been a trailblazer in the areas of cultural enrichment, education and formation.

  • Peachy Keene

    As a Lebanon Police Officer, Henry Keene has seen the effects drugs and poor decisions can have on individuals and the community.
    As the Lebanon DARE Officer, he tries to teach children how to make good decisions.
    “It’s teaching kids to make decisions when nobody’s looking,” Keene said. “When they are under peer pressure, are they able to evaluate and respond and make a good decision?”
    Keene, 46, said DARE did not exist when he was growing up, and he thinks about that whenever he arrests someone close to his own age.