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  • Police chief screening committee being formed

    The City of Lebanon is in the process of assembling a committee to interview the seven applicants for the vacant police chief position.

    City Administrator John O. Thomas said that he, Mayor Gary Crenshaw and Kandice Engle-Gray will serve on the committee. The remaining members have not yet been identified.

    When the final committee members are named, the committee will begin scheduling interviews, according to Thomas.

    Shelton Young retired as chief at the end of January. Here is some background about the seven individuals who are seeking to replace him:

  • Springfield man dies in plane crash

    A fatal airplane crash near the Lebanon-Springfield Airport last week claimed the life of a local pilot.

    Kent Douglas Shilling, 40, of Springfield was killed when the Piper PA-28 Cherokee airplane he was piloting went down about one mile from the airport.

  • Head of the class

    "You'll make a good substitute, but not a good teacher."

    Those words from her college advisor almost made Coury Leathers Osbourne give up on her dream of becoming a teacher, a dream that began at a very early age. Being raised in a family that put a strong emphasis on education and being surrounded by educators, including her father Freddie Leathers, it seemed natural for her to pursue teaching.

    But those words nearly sidetracked her during her senior year at Bellarmine University.

  • Faithful, fighter

    Toward the end of Sunday's Black History Celebration, Jerry Evans addressed the audience.

    "We've lost a fighter in the person of Verda Calhoun," he said.

    It was a simple, but significant statement about Calhoun, who died Thursday evening, Feb. 25, after decades of working to improve her community. She was 74.

    Calhoun served as president of the local chapter of the NAACP for 22 years until her death.

    She was a person who worked hard and wanted things done right and done well, according to those who knew her.

  • Lebanon City Council meets Monday

    The Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8.

    The following items are on the agenda:

    - Roger Marcum, executive vice president of St. Catharine College

    - Melissa Knight of the Centre Square Foundation Board

    - Minutes of previous meetings

    - Bills

    - Department reports

    - Old Business

    - New Business

    A. Appointments to the Human Rights Commission

    B. Contract between St. Catharine and the Centre Square Foundation Board

    - Other business

  • Fiscal court meeting at 4 p.m. today

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

    Here are items on the agenda:

    - Consider  /  Approval   of   Minutes  of  Previous   Meeting

    - Presentation  of  Audit  Report  of   FY  ending   June  30,  2009 – White &  Company

    - “By-Pass   Extension”  -  Naming   Request  - Resolution  - Marion  County  Veterans

  • Council discusses facilities plan

    Engineers from CDP Engineers spoke with the Lebanon City Council during its special-called meeting Monday night about the city's facilities plan.

    Cities are required to update their plans at a minimum of once every 20 years, according to Ken Roseman of CDP. The City of Lebanon last completed a facilities plan in 1994.

  • He's a good man, DENNIS BROWN

    What has Brown done for you? Quite a bit if you are a student in Marion County.

    Dennis Brown has helped local sports programs, worked to improve the equipment available to local technical school students, and generally been an active member of the community.

    It's those contributions, above and beyond his duties as TG Kentucky's general manager general administration division that led the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce to make Brown the first winner of its newest award, Outstanding Industry Manager.

  • County hasn't given up on E-911

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly and the Marion County Fiscal court are going back to the drawing board this week to begin the process of acquiring Enhanced 911 services for Marion County.

    Mattingly and other community members were scheduled to meet with John Patterson, Commercial Mobile Radio Service administrator, yesterday to discuss the county's next steps. According to Mattingly, the county had submitted an E-911 grant to the Commercial Mobile Radio Service Board last summer. However, that grant was rejected because of a technicality, he said.

  • Seven apply for police chief

    The City of Lebanon has received seven applications from individuals seeking to become the next police chief.

    Five members of the Lebanon Police Department - Lt. Joe Bell, school resource officer Wally Brady, Sgt. Elisa McHolan, Sgt. Byron Richardson and Sgt. Greg Young - have applied. The other two applicants are Alan Riggs of Campbellsville and John R. Riley of Goodells, Mich.

    Shelton Young retired as police chief at the end of January. Sgt. Mike Luckett is serving as the interim police chief.