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  • Republican Commissioner of Agriculture candidate: Rob Rothenburger

    1. Why are you seeking this office?

  • Republican Commissioner of Agriculture candidate: James Comer

    1. Why are you seeking this office?

    I am seeking the office of Ag Commissioner because I have both a love of agriculture and a vision of agriculture that will help lead the agriculture industry in KY to the next level. I want to help farmers expand markets and add value to existing ones, and I want to help young farm families survive and prosper.

  • Tourism changes in the works

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission's next meeting is scheduled for May 9, but other local organizations will be working on ideas for the commission before then.

    During its April 11 meeting, the Lebanon City Council voted to postpone a decision about the restaurant tax (which provides most of the funding for the tourism commission) and for the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, Marion County Economic Development, Lebanon Main Street Committee and the Centre Square Committee to come up with ideas for the tourism commission.

  • Census: County becoming more diverse

    A majority of Marion County residents live outside of an incorporated city, share their home with at least one other person, and are white. However, the county's minority population has grown considerably since 2000, according to the 2010 Census.

    The Hispanic/Latino population in particular has increased by 235 percent, from 144 people in 2000 to 482 in 2010. (The U.S. Census Bureau considers Hispanic and Latino heritage under ethnicity, not race.)

  • E911 work has begun, still years away

    Marion County is one step closer to acquiring enhanced 911, although it may still be years before the service is available to county citizens.

    Representatives from MapSync and the Lincoln Trail Area Development District met with local officials April 19 at the David R. Hourigan Center. Ron Householder of MapSync led the meeting.

    "The data gathering process begins as soon as we complete this session," he said.

  • Sacred meal

    Lebanon United Methodist Church hosted a prayer service April 21 for Holy Thursday. The service commemorated the last supper Jesus shared with his apostles. The story of that meal, as recounted in Matthew 26: 17-30 and John 13:1-17, was read and re-enacted. Rev. Darren Gillespie pointed out that some of the chairs around the table had been left empty intentionally. "There is always more room to be a disciple," Gillespie said.

  • Toyota cutting back production

    The Toyota Motor Corporation is expecting reduced production for the remainder of 2011 in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that affected Japan earlier this year.

  • Stick-horse derby is April 30

    The first Stick Horse-Egg and Spoon Derby is scheduled to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Graham Memorial Park. The event will include events for all ages and is a fund-raiser for The Caring Place, a shelter for women who are victims of abuse.

    Race registration for business and church racers and for the Derby hat contest will take place from 1 to 1:15 p.m. Kid racers can register between 1 and 2 p.m.

  • ATC reports to county

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has contributed more than $180,000 to the Marion County Area Technology Center in recent years, and during the court's April 21 meeting, the court heard where some of that funding has been used.

    The court initially contributed $150,000 toward the renovations of the tech center. The court has agreed since then to allow that money to be used in other ways to enhance the tech center. Principal Laura Arnold reported that $63,600 was used to help fund an engineering position at the tech center.

  • Two Republicans vie for ag commissioner nomination

    James Comer of Tompkinsville and Rob Rothenburger of Shelbyville are seeking to become Kentucky's next Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Before either has a chance to make that happen, one will have to win the Republican nomination in the May 17 primary, however.

    The current ag commissioner, Richie Farmer, is running for lieutenant governor on David Williams' ticket. Comer and Rothenburger hope to keep Farmer's seat in Republican hands.