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  • Gospel music coming to Centre Square Saturday

    Norma McClarnon is a fan of southern gospel music, and she's hopeful the music will become the foundation for a new annual event in Marion County.

    "I want people to enjoy it," she said. "That's the main thing."

    McClarnon said she spoke with Chris Hamilton, the Lebanon tourism director, and he encouraged her to organize the first Heart of Kentucky Christian Music Festival. She added that the Lebanon Tourism and Convention Commission is also sponsoring the event.

  • Honor worthy

    "There will never be another war like World War II," said Clyde Cecil, a U.S. Army veteran of that conflict.

    "That's what they said about World War I," replied Ben Browning, a U.S. Navy veteran.

    "No, they said that was the war to end all wars," Cecil said.

  • Ham Days grand marshal and honorary grand marshals announced

    Coyote Calhoun, this year's grand marshal for the Spring View Hospital Pigasus Parade, has been rockin' for 40 years since his dad, who was the general manager of KBIX in Muskogee, Okla., put him on the air working 7 a.m. to midnight at the age of 15. He's been rockin' ever since.

    Coyote Calhoun started his radio career in 1969, and later was a top 40 jock that achieved early success. He then moved on to the country music scene and joined WAMZ in Louisville in 1980, and has received dozens of national awards, including being inducted into the Country Music D. J.

  • Sunday sales second reading approved by fiscal court

    Sunday alcohol sales have been approved in Marion County.

    Aug. 20, the Marion County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 to approve the second reading of an ordinance that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday and expand sales hours throughout the week.

    Dry precincts, those that previously voted to prohibit alcohol sales, will remain dry even with the passage of the ordinance.

  • MAC inmate has been recaptured

    Inmate Thomas Manning walked away from Marion Adjustment Center Sunday. He has been recaptured in Bullitt County.

    Brad Adams of MAC said the prison was notified that Manning was recaptured by the Kentucky State Police.

    Manning, 27, was serving a 15-year sentence for first-degree burglary, third degree burglary, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and tampering with physical evidence, all out of Louisville.  His parole board date was May 7, 2010.

  • Send in your memories

    Lebanon High School comes back to life in a different light

    Last week, the City of Lebanon and the community at-large celebrated the grand opening of the cultural and performing arts center at Centre Square.

  • 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.