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  • Making the grade?

    Great things are happening in Marion County Public Schools, according to Superintendent Donald Smith, but recently released test scores show that some of its students, and three of its seven schools, are falling behind.

    Last week, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released test scores, which showed that local African American students are struggling in mathematics and students with disabilities are falling behind in reading.

  • 'Mafia' movie made in Marion County

    For ticket information, visit www.darkwoodscon.com or www.visitlebanonky.com or call (270) 692-0021.   The City of Lebanon probably isn't going to turn into the next Hollywood, but a few independent filmmakers thought it was a perfect place to shoot a movie.

    And that movie will debut at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Centre Square to kick off Dark Woods Con 1.5, which continues through Sunday, Oct. 3.

  • Tax postcards coming soon

    The Marion County Sheriff's Department will be collecting taxes for 2010 this Friday, Oct. 1.

    Property owners should be aware that tax bills will look different this year. This year's bills are being printed on postcards and mailed. The tax bills will not be placed in envelopes as they have been in previous years.

  • KSP continues investigation of Rigdons

    Last week, the Kentucky State Police conducted a search at the residences of Joey and Billy Rigdon.

    KSP Public Affairs Officer Billy Gregory said they are not releasing any new information at this time although additional charges may be possible in the future. He did say the majority of the search was conducted at Joey Rigdon's house, however.

    Sept. 20, William Joseph "Joey" Rigdon, his sons William Robert "Bobby" Rigdon and William David "Billy" Rigdon, and Wendy F. Rigdon were taken into custody.

  • Eight vie for city council

    Citizens of Lebanon will have plenty of choices when they are deciding who will serve on the next city council.

    Eight people are running for the six council seats. Jerry Abell, Jay Grundy, Denise Fogle, Kenny Marrett, Elizabeth Ann Osbourne, Kate Palagi, Jim Richardson and Darin Spalding will be on the ballot Nov. 2.

    Fogle, Marrett, Osbourne, Palagi and Richardson are on the council at this time. Abell and Spalding have served previously, and Grundy ran for the council one other time in a special election.

  • Short Line PIke closed temporarily due to collision

    A head-on collision on Short Line Pike this morning caused one person to fall out of a vehicle and one person to be taken to the hospital, according to Hayden Johnson, the Marion County Emergency Management assistant director.

    The Kentucky State Police were reconstructing the accident as of 9:15 a.m., and drivers may want to be aware that the road will be closed as the scene is cleaned up.

    More information will be reported as it becomes available.

  • Rigdon arrested for attempted murder

    Update: Billy Rigdon has been taken into custody. He was indicted for receiving stolen property (firearm). More information on the indictments at the end of this article.   The Kentucky State Police arrested William J. "Joey" Rigdon, 48, of Lebanon Monday and charged him with four counts of attempted murder and first-degree arson in connection with a trailer explosion that destroyed Gary and Wanda Walls' home on or about March 17, 2006.

  • Lessons learned

    The United States conflict in Vietnam divided the country, and in the aftermath of the war, many veterans were never given a warm welcome home. Recently, however, a homecoming ceremony was held at Ft. Knox to recognize the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans. 

  • 'Dark' times ahead

     The original Jason Voorhies, a few Playboy playmates, and Rupert from "Survivor" are all coming to Lebanon Oct. 1-3. They will all be part of Dark Woods Con 1.5, which is coming to Centre Square. 

  • Commissioner polls visitors to squash rumors

    Tourism Commissioner Kenny Marrett said he wants the commission to get a bang for its buck and is concerned that too much money is being spent to promote packaged getaways to Lebanon, such as a Valentine's Day getaway that was promoted earlier this year. Marrett asked Hamilton to give him specific information regarding how much was spent to promote travel packages, such as the Valentine's special, and how much those travel packages generated. Hamilton agreed to compile that information.