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  • Hitting rock bottom

    Lying underneath a bridge in Texas, homeless, Greg Troutt thought he had hit rock bottom.

    Once an engineer and owner of his own construction company, his addiction to painkillers caused him to lose everything. After fighting addiction twice and getting into legal trouble, Troutt overdosed and ended up in a coma.

    "My rock bottom was death," he said.

    His overdose was his wakeup call and what finally made him get help. He truly wanted to beat his addiction. And he did.

    "I found Christ," Troutt said.

  • Lebanon City Council holding special-called meeting at noon

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in a special-called meeting at noon today, Sept. 7, at city hall.

    The council will consider the first reading of an ordinance fixing the tax rate and levying the ad valorem tax for the city for fiscal year 2010-11.

     

  • Cleaning up

    John Thompson is responsible for enforcing the nuisance property ordinance approved by the Lebanon City Council at the beginning of 2010.

    So how effective does he think the ordinance has been? On a scale of one to 10, Thompson said it's been a six or seven.

    "We've had some clean ups. We are going to get more to clean up," he said. "And I know of three [houses] that have been torn down."

  • Free smoke detectors available

    A smoke detector drive, sponsored by Lowe's and the Lebanon Fire Department, is currently underway through today, Aug. 25. To be eligible, people who have no smoke detectors in their homes are asked to call: - Lebanon Fire Department at 692-6830 - Lebanon City Hall at 692-6272

    Or stop by the Lebanon Fire Department or Lebanon City Hall.

  • Growth opportunity

    The start of squirrel hunting season this past weekend also came with a new place to hunt. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced that the Marion County Wildlife Management Area and State Forest is now open.

    State officials are confident the 1,293 acres of public land will provide recreational opportunities for local residents and a reason for visitors to come to Marion County.

    "It's a very rugged and beautiful property," said Brian Clark, assistant director of public affairs with the fish and wildlife department.

  • Kitchen Aide

    The end of this month will mark the end of an era at the Marion County Extension Office.

    Coletta Bickett will be ending her work with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, work that started in January of 1969.

    In Marion County, Bickett is the last of the four assistants still working in the program out of the four who were hired when it started. She's also the last of the original program employees working in the entire state.

    "I myself never dreamed I would stay this long," Bickett said.

  • Graduation rate is up but ACT scores show room for improvement

    Marion County High School's graduation rate increased by eight percent during the 2009 school year and its students continue to improve their ACT scores, but test results released recently show there's still room for improvement.

    The state Department of Education released overall results from the ACT, which all juniors in Kentucky's public schools have been required to take since 2008. The overall ACT Assessment consists of tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning.

  • Edmonton man indicted for escape

    Parker Eugene Perdue, 31, of 2824 Reece Hurt Road in Edmonton was indicted for second-degree escape, first-degree persistent felony offender, theft by unlawful taking (auto), first-degree fleeing/evading, second-degree fleeing/evading, driving on a DUI suspended license and failure to wear seat belts.

    According to the indictment, on or about July 2, Perdue escaped from the custody of the Marion Adjustment Center after previously being charged with or convicted of a felony.

  • Lebanon woman gets six years for burglary, drug charges

    Jamie N. Hunt, 33, of 50 St. Catherine Street in Lebanon was sentenced to six years in prison in Marion Circuit Court last week for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree persistent felony offender and third-degree burglary.

    Hunt was ordered to pay $730 restitution ($700 to Hart Mart and $30 for the Kentucky State Police), a clerk's fee of $36.50 and $300 court costs. Hunt received credit for 97 days served.

  • Nuisance properties

    In December of 2009, the Lebanon City Council approved a nuisance property ordinance. The city adopted the International Property Maintenance Code as part of the ordinance. The sections of the code are used by the city's code enforcement officer, John Thompson, when identifying properties in violation of the city ordinance.

    The most frequently cited complaints involved sections 301.3 (vacant structures shall be maintained), 302 (which deals with exterior property areas), 304 (exterior structure) and 305 (interior structure) of the IPMC.