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  • Mills wins tight race

    Terry Mills of Lebanon will be the next state representative from the 24th District.

    Mills won a closely contested special election Feb. 2. He will succeed Jimmy Higdon as the representative for Casey and Marion counties and part of Pulaski County.

    Mills received 3,001 votes to Johnson's 2,518 votes, according to the unofficial totals on the Secretary of State's website.

    Out of 26,141 registered voters in the district, 5,519 cast ballots. That is a turnout of 21.1 percent, according to the Secretary of State's office.

  • Is a lobbyist in city's, county's future?

    When Tom Lund visited the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Jan. 21 meeting, he had one request - that the county consider hiring a lobbyist in Frankfort.

    Specifically, Lund was asking if the county would split with the City of Lebanon the cost of hiring Karen Thomas-Lentz to advocate on their behalf at a cost of $20,000 a year. Lund is the executive director of the Marion County Economic Development Office and manages the Marion County Industrial Foundation.

  • Schools trying to close the gaps

    Closing the achievement gap is an ongoing goal for the Marion County School District, and local schools got a closer look at what gaps exist among their student body recently when test scores were released.

    While the playing field has changed - the CATS (Commonwealth Accountability Testing System) is no longer in existence - Senate Bill 168 requires all schools to analyze test data and identify achievement gaps among subpopulations of students.

  • Luckett named interim police chief

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw has appointed Sgt. Mike Luckett as the interim Lebanon Police Chief. Luckett took over as acting chief Feb. 1.

    Crenshaw noted in a memorandum to the Lebanon Police Department that Luckett is not a candidate to fill the position permanently.

    "This selection will help ensure that those applications from within the department are considered in an equitable manner," Crenshaw wrote.

    In a phone interview, Crenshaw said Luckett is a competent and responsible person.

  • Rachel's Challenge speaker coming to Marion County

    Craig Scott was a student at Columbine High School April 20, 1999, when the infamous shooting spree took place. His sister, Rachel, was the first person killed that fateful day.

    Monday, Feb. 8, Craig Scott will be visiting Marion County. He is scheduled to speak with middle school students at 9 a.m. and with high school students at 1 p.m. He will meet with Friends of Rachel (a teen leadership group) at 3:30 that afternoon, and he will give a community presentation at 7 p.m. at Marion County High School.

  • Lebanon man arrested for child pornography possession

    Sherman Pike, 45, of Lebanon was arrested Feb. 1 on charges of possessing child pornography.

    Attorney General Jack Conway and the Department of Criminal Investigations announced the arrest Feb. 2.

    The Cybercrimes Unit of the Attorney General's Office made the arrest with the assistance of the Lebanon Police and the Marion County Sheriff's Department. A search warrant was executed on Pike's home Monday, Feb. 1.

  • Coffee, muffins and legislation

    The weather may have slowed things down, but it wasn't enough to stop Marion County Farm Bureau from hosting its annual legislative breakfast Saturday morning.

    "We're not going to let a little snow keep us from talking about the issues," said Joe Paul Mattingly, Marion County Farm Bureau president.

    Recently-elected State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and the two men running for his old state representative's seat in yesterday's special election, Leo Johnson and Terry Mills, also attended the breakfast.

  • Thousands of pounds of food collected for Haiti relief effort

    Hours after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, Brother Bud Owen of Lebanon Christian Church began organizing a collection drive to help the Haitians. Bro. Bud's parents, Larry and Diane Owen, have a mission called Waves of Mercy based in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Initially, Bro. Bud's goal was to fill a semi-truck trailer with jars of peanut butter. But he and the people of Marion County, along with surrounding communities and even neighboring states, have managed to surpass that goal and do so much more.

  • Fiscal court scheduled to meet Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

    - The annual report of the Marion County Office of Economic Development

    - An overview of the hazard mitigation plan update with Pam Bowling of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District.

    - Consider renewal of the county's dental plan.

    - A presentation and request by Marion County 4-H Shooting Sports Club members.

  • State Representative candidate questionnaire: Leo Johnson

    Leo Johnson

    Age:  31

    Educational background:  Graduated high school from Russell Co in 1996, attended Eastern Kentucky University

    Address: 1370 Ky 80 Windsor, Ky 42565, or mailing address is PO Box 923 Liberty, Ky 42539