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  • Deadline to switch political party is Dec. 31

    If citizens want to change their party registration in time to participate in their party's primary election that determines nominees for United States Senator, United States Congressional Representatives, state legislative races, and other partisan offices, they must do so by Dec. 31.

    Kentucky state law requires any citizen who wishes to change his/her voter registration and also vote in that party's upcoming primary election must be registered with his/her new party by Dec. 31 of the preceding year.

  • Police investigating murder attempt

    The Lebanon Police are investigating an attempted murder that took place Christmas Day.

    According to the police report, Justin L. Edlen of Olympia Drive in Bardstown was shot at 43 Maple Street Apartments. He was taken to Spring View Hospital where he was treated for gunshot wounds to his upper abdomen and right arm. He was transported to the hospital by Marion County EMS.

    Edlen was transferred to University Hospital in Louisville where he is listed in stable condition.

  • Fiddlin' around again

    The Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff is back, and it keeps getting bigger.

    This year's festival will be held Jan. 8-9 at Marion County High School.

    Gary "Biscuit" Davis is back again. Friday night, he'll be the featured performer during "Come Play with Biscuit," which is an opportunity for Bluegrass musicians to jam with the three-time national banjo champion.

  • Offices will close and trash pick-up will change for New Year's holiday

    The New Year's holiday will affect the schedule for local government offices.

    The County Judge's Office will be closed Dec. 31 through Jan. 3 and reopen Monday, Jan. 4.

    The Marion County Clerk's Office, the PVA Office and the Marion Circuit Clerk's Office will close Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

    The Marion County Health Department will be closed Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

    Lebanon City Hall and the Marion County Sheriff's Office will be closed Jan. 1.

    Garbage pick-up will be affected by the holidays as well.

  • Another candidate files for magistrate's seat

    A third candidate has filed to run for the District E magistrates seat.

    Charlotte Brady Mattingly of McElroy Pike is the latest candidate to toss her hat into the ring.

    Mike Peterson of Miller Pike and incumbent Roger "Cotton" Smothers of Campbellsville Road previously filed to run.

    In addition to the local races, several state positions will be up for election in 2010.

    So far four candidates have officially filed to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Jim Bunning.

  • Just add ice...

    1.) Ice Storm 2009 Mother Nature's icy wrath causes power and water outages   As the new year approaches, many people across the county and state are crossing their fingers, and toes, (and possibly even extension chords) that history doesn't repeat itself and the ice storm that wreaked havoc on us in 2009 is a thing of the past. But, just in case, keep that generator handy.

    The winter storm that hit Marion County on Monday, Jan. 26, and early Tuesday, Jan.

  • Assistance for heating costs available

    Do you need assistance with your heating costs?

    Beginning Monday, Jan. 4, the local Community Action office will be assisting low-income families with the LIHEAP CRISIS Program.

    To be eligible for crisis funds, you must be in a heating crisis. You must have a past due/disconnect notice from the electric or natural gas company, or be out of bulk fuel within four days if using propane, fuel oil or kerosene, or wood, or a formal eviction notice from your landlord if heating expenses are included in the rent.

  • Special Election set for Feb. 2

    Monday, Dec. 28, Gov. Steve Beshear issued a writ of election to fill the vacant 24th District seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The district includes Casey and Marion counties and a portion of Pulaski County.

    The seat became vacant when Jimmy Higdon resigned from the House after he was elected to fill the vacant 14th District state senate seat.

  • In Brief

    Bradfordsville family looking for place to stay after fire

    A fire at 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, resulted in smoke and water damage to a house at 205 E. Main Street in Bradfordsville. The Bradfordsville Fire Department responded to the scene.

    Bill Gribbins and his children, ages 16, 14 and 13, were at home at the time. His wife, Gina Gribbins, was at work at Village of Lebanon, where she works as a nurse.

    Gina Gribbins said no one was injured, but repairs to the house will take three to four months.

  • A gift of faith

    Dec. 3, the Rev. Bill Medley received a life-altering phone call.

    Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, had a request from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI wanted to know if Medley would accept an appointment to become the next Bishop of Owensboro.

    "I've never said no to anything the Church has called me to do, and yes, I humbly accept," Medley said he told Sambi.