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  • Scam: Men posing as water district employees

    The Marion County Water District wants citizens to be aware of a possible scam in which men are claiming to be water district employees.

    Jimmy Mudd, Marion County Water District manager, said he received two calls that some men were representing themselves as water district employees. The calls came from Loretto Road and on Riley Road, Mudd said.

  • Arson likely cause of McElroy Pike fire

    The Lebanon Fire Department and Marion County EMS responded to a fire at a vacant house on McElroy Pike Sunday evening, and the likely cause was arson, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.

    The Lebanon Police received a report of the fire at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

    "It was completely involved and gone by the time we got there," Mattingly said.

  • Loretto Homecoming is Saturday

    The Loretto Fire Department is hosting the Mark Mattingly Memorial Loretto Homecoming Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Loretto Ball Park. The activities will begin with the Mark Mattingly Memorial Cornhole Tournament at 10 a.m.

    For more information about the cornhole tournament rules, registration and entry fee, call Keith Willett at (502) 249-6532 or Billy Hardin at (502) 827-0915.

    The Tim Fowler Firefighter Challenge is scheduled for 1 p.m. A tribute to the Fire Department of New York will take place at 5:30, and the 97.5 WAMZ HAMZ softball game will begin at 6 p.m.

  • Block party this weekend

    The Generation Gap will hold its annual Block Party this weekend, Sept. 4-5.

    Food, fun, games, and music will once again be part of the event Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until midnight and resume Sunday afternoon around 1 p.m.

    Around 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the Generation Youth will host a dance contest, and the Marion County Youth Center will host a step performance, according to Jackie Furman.

    For more information, call (270) 692-1125.

  • U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell visits Marion County

    The United States is at a crossroads, and the outcome of the November General Election will determine what direction the country is going to take, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell told the crowd at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon Thursday, Aug. 26.

    "Our future is in doubt. This is the time to recapture it," McConnell said. "That's why the founders invented mid-term elections."

  • 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.