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  • Funeral for Loretto fire chief is Thursday

    Loretto Fire Chief Mark Mattingly was found dead in his home Monday morning after he did not report to work at Maker's Mark.

    He was 42 years old.

    The cause of death has not yet been released.

    "Mark was an extremely hard worker," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said. "He was dedicated to fire and rescue services for this county."

    Chief Mattingly also worked as an EMT in Marion and Nelson counties.

    Chuck Helm, the Raywick fire chief, said Chief Mattingly was one the best chiefs and best firefighters around.

  • Marion County has a 'good team' in Frankfort

    Teamwork - that was the theme during Marion County Economic Development's First Friday Forum June 4. Marion County's very own "A-team" of sorts - State Rep. Terry Mills, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and lobbyist Karen Thomas-Lentz - were on hand to speak about the state budget that was recently approved, which includes $32 million in projects for Marion County.

    "We came out in really good shape," Thomas-Lentz said. "And I think the reason is... you're sitting in the perfect place right now.

  • State police warn of telephone scam

    The following announcement was issued by the Kentucky State Police:

    Citizens throughout the Commonwealth should be on guard for telephone solicitations requesting donations for the benefit of the Kentucky State Police.

    According to Lt. David Jude, commander of the KSP Media Relations Branch, the agency has received numerous reports from individuals throughout the state regarding efforts to raise funds for the families of fallen troopers or to purchase drug dogs for schools.

  • In brief

    Law enforcement looking for impostor

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a man pretending to be a law enforcement officer. Early last week, the Lebanon Police Department received reports of a man pulling people over in the Loretto area.

  • Pet monkeys confiscated, owner fined

    Having two exotic pets proved to be costly for a Marion County woman. In addition to surrendering her pets to a primate rescue organization, she was ordered to pay $393 in court costs, fines, fees, taxes and restitution to a primate rescue organization.   "It just took my heart," Wanda Skaggs said.

    Skaggs, 54, of 2550 St. Matthews Cemetery Road in Finley had two pet marmosets, according to the uniform citation issued by Jeremy McQueary of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Marion County raises $36,500 for Crusade for Children

    Fire departments in Marion County, along with hundreds of fire departments across the state, managed to raise more than $5.3 million for the WHAS Crusade for Children.

    Marion County contributed more than $36,500 to the 57th annual WHAS Crusade for Children, which helps children with special needs. This year's total tops last year's by more than $11,000. It's the most raised since 2005.

    The Gravel Switch Volunteer Fire Department received the "Walton" award for their increase in donations to the Crusade. 

  • Lebanon budget work session scheduled for Monday

    The Lebanon City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. to hold a work session on the 2010-11 budget. The meeting will be a city hall.

  • The fight for her life

    A cavity - her very first cavity in fact - quite possibly saved Lori Jo Milby's life.

    And while some tooth decay is what eventually led to her being diagnosed with cancer, it has been Lori Jo's brush with death that has given her a new appreciation for life, especially all of the little things that make it, as she would say, awesome.

    "You don't ever thank God for cavities, but thank God," Lori Jo said. "If I had never found that cavity in my tooth I may not have been here in a few years."

  • Old Mill Days is this weekend

    Bradfordsville will be hosting its annual celebration, Old Mill Days, June 11-13. The festival kicks off Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a water balloon toss, three-legged races, sack races, a flea market, t-shirts and face-painting.

    A pet contest and the Old Mill Days Beauty Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Clogging will take place at 6:30, and music, hula hooping and jump roping will start at 8 p.m.

  • County has new 4-H agent

    Rebecca Hill started her new job as the Marion County 4-H extension agent last week, but she's already impressed with what she's seen, including the shooting sports club, the livestock club and weekly craft classes.

    "They've been going on even without an agent, so that says a lot about how great the volunteers are here in Marion County," said Hill, 22.

    Hill replaces Julie Howell, who left the 4-H position in January of 2009.