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  • Graduation rate is up but ACT scores show room for improvement

    Marion County High School's graduation rate increased by eight percent during the 2009 school year and its students continue to improve their ACT scores, but test results released recently show there's still room for improvement.

    The state Department of Education released overall results from the ACT, which all juniors in Kentucky's public schools have been required to take since 2008. The overall ACT Assessment consists of tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning.

  • Edmonton man indicted for escape

    Parker Eugene Perdue, 31, of 2824 Reece Hurt Road in Edmonton was indicted for second-degree escape, first-degree persistent felony offender, theft by unlawful taking (auto), first-degree fleeing/evading, second-degree fleeing/evading, driving on a DUI suspended license and failure to wear seat belts.

    According to the indictment, on or about July 2, Perdue escaped from the custody of the Marion Adjustment Center after previously being charged with or convicted of a felony.

  • Lebanon woman gets six years for burglary, drug charges

    Jamie N. Hunt, 33, of 50 St. Catherine Street in Lebanon was sentenced to six years in prison in Marion Circuit Court last week for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree persistent felony offender and third-degree burglary.

    Hunt was ordered to pay $730 restitution ($700 to Hart Mart and $30 for the Kentucky State Police), a clerk's fee of $36.50 and $300 court costs. Hunt received credit for 97 days served.

  • Nuisance properties

    In December of 2009, the Lebanon City Council approved a nuisance property ordinance. The city adopted the International Property Maintenance Code as part of the ordinance. The sections of the code are used by the city's code enforcement officer, John Thompson, when identifying properties in violation of the city ordinance.

    The most frequently cited complaints involved sections 301.3 (vacant structures shall be maintained), 302 (which deals with exterior property areas), 304 (exterior structure) and 305 (interior structure) of the IPMC.

  • Candidates have filed for fall election

    Marion County voters will have plenty to decide when they go to the polls Nov. 2.

    The biggest race on the ballot is for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Jim Bunning. Attorney General Jack Conway, a Democrat, and Dr. Rand Paul, a Republican, are vying to replace Bunning.

    Incumbent Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Democrat Ed Marksberry.

  • House of Learning

    A good education is built on a solid foundation.

    Just ask the carpentry students at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Friday, students, local officials and representatives of the Marion and Washington counties' school districts were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony at Beechwood Street, Lot 79, in Lebanon.

    This lot is where those students will be learning lessons in construction, cooperation and hard work. And when they are finished, a house will stand, ready for someone to make it their home.

  • Pendleton man convicted of sex crimes

    A Marion County jury last week convicted a Pendleton man of committing sexual crimes against a minor.

    Charles Nunley II, 42, of 8100 Organ Creek in Pendleton was found guilty of first-degree sodomy, two counts of second-degree sodomy and three counts of first-degree sex abuse.

    The original indictment indicates that the victim was under the age of 12 when the first-degree sodomy was committed between January and June of 2006. The victim was under 14 when the second-degree sodomy was committed between January and November of 2006.

  • Motorcycle accident victim dies

    A New Haven man has died following a motorcycle accident Saturday evening, Aug. 14, on KY 527.

    The accident occurred at 5:50 p.m., approximately two miles north of Raywick on KY 527, according to a report from the Kentucky State Police.

  • Fiscal Court meeting at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, Aug. 19.1)  Consider /  Approval   of  Minutes   of  Previous  Meeting   held  Aug.  5,  2010.

    Here are the items on the agenda:

    - Consider minutes of previous meeting

    - Review  state  auditor  report  of  Marion County  Clerk  Audit for Year  Ending  12-31-09

  • Police turnover remains an issue for city

    In his last report to the Lebanon City Council, Police Chief Joe Bell noted that Officer Reece Riley had resigned as of July 30. Riley may be the latest officer to leave the department, but he likely won't be the last, based on the department's history.

    "This has been a problem for 10 years," Councilman Bill Pickerill said during that Aug. 9 council meeting. "We keep losing officers. What can we do to keep them here?"

    "If you ask any officer," Bell replied, "it would be money."