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  • July 12 is the deadline to register with FEMA

    Federal officials are reminding county residents that they have until Monday, July 12, to register for disaster assistance as a result of the May 2 flooding. A federal disaster was declared as a result of the damage caused by the flooding.

    Residents can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. Phones are open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day.

    Residents must register in order to be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

  • Former firefighters get two years for arson

    Four former firefighters will be spending two years behind bars for their role in a series of arsons in 2008 and 2009.

    Melinda Orberson, Steven E. Orberson, Frederick Tate and James Robert Tate were sentenced June 21 after pleading guilty to a variety of charges related to fires that occurred between Oct. 13, 2008, and May 24, 2009.

    Both Orbersons and James Robert Tate were also ordered to pay restitution of $1,195 to Kevin Lanham of Lanham Farms, Inc. for their involvement in a fire Oct. 13, 2008.

  • MCHS principal hired for asst. superintendent position

    After interviewing seven applicants for the Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services position, Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith announced Wednesday that he has selected Marion County High School Principal Taylora Schlosser to fill the position.

    "After much prayerful consideration I am glad to announce that Mrs. Taylora Schlosser will be the district's new Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services," Smith said in a written statement. "We had some exemplary candidates and this decision was not taken lightly."

  • Maker's Mark seeks success in number

    For the first time since 1958, Maker's Mark has unveiled a new product, Maker's 46. The announcement was big enough that Gov. Steve Beshear was on hand at the Loretto distillery to see it for himself Tuesday, June 29.

    "The bourbon industry is a signature industry for the state of Kentucky," he told an audience of employees and local officials.

  • Pedestrian hit, seriously injured at downtown intersection

    Helen Smith, 81, of Lebanon is recuperating at the University of Louisville Hospital after being struck by a lumber truck in downtown Lebanon Tuesday afternoon, June 29.

    The accident occurred at the intersection of Main Street and Spalding Avenue (near the Lebanon Post Office) at approximately 1 p.m.

  • Arrest made in arsons

    The Marion County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest in connection with three suspected arsons that occurred in Bradfordsville this year.

    Deputy Tony Belcher arrested Kevin Rance Watson, 21, of 303 Riverview Drive in Bradfordsville June 24. Watson is facing three counts of second-degree arson. A cash bond has been set at $25,000, and Watson has been ordered by District Judge Connie Phillips to have no contact with the alleged victims or their property.

  • MCHS principal hired for asst. superintendent position

    After interviewing seven applicants for the Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services position, Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith announced Wednesday that he has selected Marion County High School Principal Taylora Schlosser to fill the position.

    "After much prayerful consideration I am glad to announce that Mrs. Taylora Schlosser will be the district's new Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services," Smith said in a written statement. "We had some exemplary candidates and this decision was not taken lightly."

  • Two more enter school board race

    Two more candidates have filed for the Marion County Board of Education, and they will be squaring off against one another Nov. 2.

    Sr. Kay Carlew, the chairwoman of the board of education, has filed for re-election in the District Five seat on the board. Ed Hacker has filed to run against her.

    In all, three school board seats will be on the ballot.

    Mike Cecil has filed to run in District Four, and former school board member Michael Mullins has filed to run again in District Three.

  • Recreational education

    The players lined up on either side of the basketball court, ready to run at a moment's notice. When instructor Danny Marks barked out two numbers, four students rushed to the middle of the court where a standoff ensued over who would pick up... a rubber chicken.

    The game was just one of the many activities included in the 21st Century Learning Center's summer program.

    Since 2003, the learning center has provided after-school and summer activities for students at Glasscock and Lebanon elementary schools and Lebanon Middle School.

  • Another arson suspected in Bradfordsville

    A trailer fire early Tuesday morning in Bradfordsville is the most recent in a series of suspected arsons in the city. The fire was reported at 3:01 a.m. June 22.

    The double-wide trailer on Central Avenue in Bradfordsville has been vacant for about a year, according to Assistant Fire Chief Joe Pat Kirkland. No one was injured as a result of the fire.

    Kirkland said flames were coming out of the front door of the trailer when the firefighters arrived on the scene.