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  • Art show and reception Thursday at the judicial center

    The Marion County Judicial Center will be hosting an arts reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.  The reception is free and open to the public.

    The reception will showcase a variety of paintings on display at the judicial center. A number of Kentucky artists, including several from Marion County, have pieces on display.

    Much of the artwork was created specifically for the judicial center. The reception will include music and light refreshments.

  • Magistrates approve community requests

    The Marion County Fiscal Court on Oct. 18 approved requests for assistance for Loretto Head Start and the Generation Gap's Toys for Kids program.

    The magistrates voted unanimously to give $12,000 toward improvements to the playground for Loretto Head Start.

    The judge and the magistrates agreed to contribute $1,500 combined to the Generation Gap's annual Christmas toy give-away. Junior Adams estimated that 175 to 200 children received toys last year through the program.

  • Mayor named elected official of the year

    Gary Crenshaw has served as the mayor of Lebanon since 1999, winning re-election more than once, and recently his efforts during the past 13 years were recognized by the Kentucky League of Cities.

    On Oct. 12, Crenshaw was named the Elected Official of the Year by the KLC during its annual conference in Lexington.

    "I was very humbled by that," Crenshaw said. "I certainly wasn't expecting it."

  • Hours to be cut at Gravel Switch Post Office

    Around 20 people attended last week's meeting to learn what changes would be coming to the Gravel Switch Post Office.

    Starting in January, the window at the Gravel Switch office will be open four hours a day, from 11:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours will remain the same, from 7:45 a.m. to 10:45.

    "I don't like doing this anymore than anybody else," said Tommy Adkins, a manager of post office operations out of Lexington.

  • Halloween in the Park is Oct. 31

    Halloween in the Park will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Graham Memorial Park.

    Trick-or-treating will take place in the City of Lebanon from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

  • Haunted Forest keeps growing, changing

    Five years ago, the children of Eugene Hourigan were talking about what they could do for Halloween. They discussed making a haunted forest in the land around Eugene's home, and they eventually decided if they were going to do it, they might as well open it for the public, too.

    "It's one time a year," said Joyce Hourigan Taylor. "We get together. We have fun. We scare each other."

  • A show of kindness

    Marion Adjustment Center hosted its annual Human Kindness Organization fall festival on Sept. 21. Inmates and staff hosted consumers at Marion County Industries and similar organizations in neighboring communities for a day of games and activities.

  • Sing & Play

    Last week, local school children added their voices to the chorus, and Amos Hopkins and The White Russians performed in Angelic Hall to coincide with the display of the Smithsonian's New Harmonies exhibit. Student choruses from Calvary Elementary, Lebanon Elementary and Marion County High School performed Oct. 16. The White Russians and the Honeysuckle String Band performed Oct. 19.

  • MCPS anticipates K-PREP results

    The Kentucky Department of Education will release the results of the first Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) this month. State and local educators are anxious about what the results will reveal. Recently, Robyn Oatley of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence in Lexington made a presentation to the Marion County School Board and the district's leadership team regarding the upcoming test results.

    "Expectations have really risen," Oatley said.

  • US Representative candidate: Ed Whitfield

    Name: Ed Whitfield

    Age: 69

    Campaign website: www.whitfieldforcongress.com.

    1. Why are you seeking re-election?