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  • Primary Elections are today

    Marion Countians will be going to the polls today to cast their ballots in the primary elections.

    The polls are open until 6 p.m.

    The races on the ballot are as follows:

    Democratic primary

    PVA - Terry "Catfish" Rakes, William U. Scott (I)

    Sheriff - Jimmy Clements, Carroll Kirkland (I)

    Magistrate, District D - Larry Caldwell (I), Wayne Shively

    Magistrate, District E - James Rickie Livers, Charlotte Brady Mattingly, Mike Peterson, Roger "Cotton" Smothers

  • Five Republican's seek Bunning's seat

    Jim Bunning will conclude his second term as a U.S. Senator from Kentucky next January.

    On May 18, five candidates will be vying to take his place on the Republican ticket.

    Among the remaining candidates, the front-runners are Dr. Rand Paul, the son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, and Secretary of State Trey Grayson, but they aren't the only options for Republican voters. Gurley Martin of Owensboro, Jon Scribner of Gray and John Stephenson of Independence are also seeking the right to run in November.

  • Summer reading program in the works

    Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith is planning for a new summer reading program, which he hopes will help "gap kids" acquire a love for reading.

    The program will focus on the four elementary schools and will target 108 specific children, including 21 students from Lebanon Elementary School, 23 students from Calvary Elementary School, 16 students from A.C. Glasscock Elementary School and 48 students from West Marion Elementary School. Smith said he is specifically targeting male students.

  • KSP investigating Riverview Drive fire

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a fire that occurred April 28 at 403 Riverview Drive in Bradfordsville.

    The fire was reported to the Lebanon Police at 2:22 a.m. Wednesday morning.

    Assistant Bradfordsville Fire Chief Joe Pat Kirkland said the house was fully involved when the firefighters arrived and was a total loss.

    Jake Redfern, who was living in the house, was at his parents the night of the fire, Kirkland said.

    Det. Alex Wesley of the Kentucky State Police was investigating the cause of the fire.

  • State police arrest 19 on drug charges

    The Kentucky State Police announced Thursday that they have arrested 19 individuals, 17 of whom are from Lebanon, as the result of a year-long undercover drug investigation.

    Those arrested range in age from 24 to 65.

    More arrests are pending, but at this time, these are the individuals who have been arrested:

    - Danny Jefferies Sr., 63, of Lebanon on three counts of first-degree trafficking in controlled substance.

    - Jamie Hunt, 32, of Lebanon on second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • School board tours Marion County Area Technology Center

    The Marion County Board of Education toured the Marion County Area Technology Center last week, which is currently undergoing a $5 million addition/renovation project.

    "I wonder what the general public would think if they came up here and could see this?" Board member DeLane Pinkson said after taking a tour of the building. "It's more than I expected."

    According to George Birk of RossTarrant Architects, the project is on schedule and it's scheduled to be substantially complete in October, with final completion in November.

  • Boil water advisory has been lifted

    The boil water advisory for Marion County residents has been lifted, according to Lebanon Water Works Superintendent John L. Thomas.

    The Marion County Water District also reported that its boil water advisory has been lifted.

    Thomas said the water company collected samples Wednesday morning. The samples were observed for 24 hours. All of the samples were good, therefore the boil water advisory has been lifted.

  • Downtown development a focus for upcoming year

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is planning for the 2010-11 fiscal year and its budget is "lean," according to Executive Director Chris Hamilton. But, even with a bare bones budget, Hamilton hopes to accomplish many of the commission's goals, including more downtown development.

    "I think we've operated well lean in the past fiscal year," Hamilton said. "I think we've accomplished a lot of our goals... We've had some of our biggest achievements in the worst economy that we've had in my lifetime."

  • Absentee voting underway

    Absentee voting is now available until May 17 (the day before the election) in the Marion County Clerk's office at the David R. Government Center located at 223 North Spalding Avenue in Lebanon. Absentee voting is available for eligible registered voters who will be out of town on Election Day, May 18.

    Mail out absentee voting has been in progress for some time. Eligible voters, such as the sick or elderly, qualify for this type of voting. In this case, a voter has to request a formal application, sign it and have it returned to the Marion County Clerk's office by May 11.

  • Republican Senate Primary questionnaire: Jon Scribner

    Jon Scribner

    Address: 133 Woodlee Ln. Gray, Ky.

    Date of birth: 9/20/55

    Family information: Married with one son,Jeffrey and 2 step-children, Greg and Susan in Indiana.

    Educational background: Attended San Ramon High School in California,Northwestern Prep in Mound, Minnisota, Cal State Hayward, Seattle OIC and the Correctional Officers Training Academy in Tucson, Corectional Managers Academy and Certified Public Manager through ASU.