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  • Honor and dedication

    Five years ago, Johnathan Adam Hughes was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. Last week, a new road was dedicated in Marion County to preserve his memory.

    Family and friends, state and local officials, veterans and dozens of others were on hand for the dedication of the Adam Hughes Memorial Highway June 15.

    Hughes was serving with the Kentucky Army National Guard's Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery, which is based in Campbellsville, at the time of his death. He was 21 years old.

  • InBrief

    Early election filings

    The deadline for candidates to file in non-partisan elections is Aug. 10 at 4 p.m., but a handful of candidates have gotten a head start.

    Three incumbent mayors - Gary Crenshaw of Lebanon, Robert Miles of Loretto and Marilyn Mullins of Raywick - have each filed to run again Nov. 2. All of the mayoral, city council and city commission seats are up for election this year.

  • Rallying for Relay for Life

    Marion County raised a total of $40,233 during this year's Relay for Life event.

    "For a total of nine teams, it's awesome," Lisa Sandusky, Relay chairperson, said.

    And, although there were only nine teams, this year's event was one of the best, Sandusky said.

    "It was like the way it used to be. We had fun all night long," she said.

    Kim Bell, who was in charge of the Survivor's tent, said 92 survivors registered for the event, which she was very pleased with.

  • Board discusses districting issues in closed session

    What was discussed during an executive session Tuesday of last week at the Marion County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting could potentially affect a local neighborhood in regards to what middle school its children attend.

    During last week's school board meeting, Christy Thomas of 180 Old Kentucky 68 in Lebanon, attended the meeting to discuss an issue regarding her son and where he will be attending school next year. Eric and Tonya Blandford of Lebanon also attended the meeting.

  • Assistance available for flood victims

    A small group of citizens, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly, Deputy Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson, Lebanon City Administrator John O. Thomas and field representatives from Brett Guthrie's office met with federal representatives in Angelic Hall at the Centre Square Fine Arts Building June 9 to discuss the aftermath of the May 2 flooding.

    "All along the Rolling Fork [River] there were people who had damage," Mattingly said.

  • Relay for Life starts Friday

    At 7 p.m. Friday, June 18, a torch lighting will mark the opening of the 2010 Marion County Relay for Life. This year's event will be held at the new baseball fields at Graham Memorial Park.

    This is the 14th year Marion County has hosted its own Relay for Life.

    "We've got a lot of survivors this year that have registered," said Kim Bell of the local Relay for Life committee.

    Luminary sales will begin at 4 p.m. A cancer survivor's dinner is being held at 5 p.m., and registration opens at 6 p.m.

  • In Brief

    Original name restored to cemetery

    Andrew Grundy appeared before the Lebanon City Council June 7 with one request - to rename Al Bilik Park to its original name.

    The park, which is located on North Proctor Knott Avenue, was originally the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

    Grundy explained that the first settlers in Marion County were Presbyterians, and the cemetery was the burial site for many of the early settlers who founded Lebanon as a community.

  • Happy and healthy

    Amber Fields' life changed March 8, 2007.

    She was 26 years old at the time. After dealing with constant pain for about a week, she decided to have her doctor check it out.

    "I went to the doctor with some pain and ended up a week later going under the knife," she said. "They removed a volleyball-sized tumor from my left ovary."

    Fields, now 29, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The tumor that the surgeon removed weighed more than three pounds.

  • Adam Hughes Memorial Highway has been dedicated

    The Lebanon bypass extension was dedicated Tuesday morning, June 15. As part of the dedication of the extension, that portion of Hwy. 2154 has been named the Adam Hughes Memorial Highway.

    Sgt. Hughes died while serving in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle.

    Look for more about the dedication in the June 23 print edition.

  • What's in the water?

    Customers of Lebanon Water Works and the Marion County Water District recently received a report stating that in February a water sample had a turbidity level that exceeded the turbidity standards.   So what is turbidity?

    "Turbidity is not harmful to your health," said John L. Thomas, Lebanon Water Works superintendent. "It's just the cloudiness of the water. I doubt that anybody saw it at their household."