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  • Growing pains

    Marion County Public Schools are busting at the seams with more than 3,200 students this year, and while that is a positive sign for the district, it's making things a tad bit complicated for school administrators who are trying to find room for everyone.

    For the first time ever, Lebanon Elementary School will exceed 400 students, and as a result, Principal Donna Royse was forced to ask the Board of Education for another kindergarten teacher last week. Her request was granted and the school will now begin taking steps to create a fourth kindergarten classroom.

  • Lebanon man gets probation for sexual misconduct

    Dillis Berryman III, 31, of 419 Linda Avenue in Lebanon received two years of probation for first-degree wanton endangerment (two counts) and sexual misconduct.

    He was ordered to pay $150 court costs and $250 in fees. He was ordered to have no contact with Megan or Martha Thompson.

    The parties understand that the defendant will not have to register as a sex offender, and if registration is required, Berryman may withdraw his guilty plea to sexual misconduct.

  • Now hiring? Not quite yet

    In June of 2008, 6.3 percent, or 678 people, were considered unemployed in Marion County. By June of 2009, both of those figures had more than doubled.

    More than 1,400 Marion Countians were considered unemployed as of June, which is 13.2 percent of the workforce, according to statistics available through Workforce Kentucky. The state unemployment rate for June was 11.1 percent.

    July figures are not yet available.

    "It's hard to believe our unemployment rates are that high," said Tom Lund, Marion County Economic Development director.

  • Pilgrim's progress

    When Richard Goodin and five of his friends decided to go for a walk, they didn't realize it would lead to interviews with The Washington Post, BBC Radio, American Catholic, and other news organizations.

    But, Goodin and his friends aren't typical, and neither was their walk.

    As members of the Order of Friars Minor, better known as the Franciscans, they stood out, in part, because of their brown robes, and since they walked 300 miles, there was plenty of time for people to notice them.

  • Training Iraqi troops to clear the way

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division conducted route clearance training at the 11th Iraqi Army Division Headquarters with the Iraqi Army (IA) Soldiers May 10 in Rusafa.

  • Q&A with Sgt. Cedar Smith

    Sgt. Cedar Smith, 24, is Raywick native who is serving with the Dark Knights platoon, HHC, 1BSTB, 1BCT, 1CD. (Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division). He is the son of Tommy and the late Karen Wheatley.  (Smith wrote that his biological father, Cameron Smith was 33 when he died in August of 1996. Sgt. Smith was 3 years old at the time. "Tommy has been my father since I was 3, and the best I could have asked for," Smith wrote.

  • Sunday sales second reading approved by fiscal court

    The Marion County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 Thursday to approve the second reading of an ordinance that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday and expanded sales hours throughout the week.

  • InBrief

    2009-10 school tax rates to increase

    The Marion County Board of Education approved "intent" for a four percent tax rate increase at its regular scheduled board meeting last week.

    Board member Joe Mattingly was absent from the meeting.

  • Hodgenville man dead after motorcycle accident

    A motorcycle accident two miles north of Raywick left a Hodgenville man dead Monday afternoon.

    According to Kentucky State Police, at approximately 3:20 p.m., 61-year-old Lennie Vincent was traveling north on KY 527 on a 1995 Kawasaki motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle traveled straight through the curve at the intersection of Brown Mattingly Road and KY 527, off the roadway and struck a barbed wire fence.

    Vincent was not wearing a helmet and was thrown from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

  • Spragens memorial to be unveiled Thursday

    After more than two years of planning and fundraising, the Spragens Memorial, called "Lives Triumphant," will be dedicated and unveiled at the Centre Square Arts and Culture Center Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the center, hear live music, see exhibits, enjoy food and visit with members of the Spragens family. This will be an historical moment commemorating the lives of Gene and Nadine Spragens, two of the community's greatest benefactors.