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  • Black History Celebration Feb. 28

    The Marion County chapter of the NAACP will host its annual Black History Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Centre Square. This year's event will include guest speakers Charlene Hampton and Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith.

    Hampton is a member of St. Stephen Church in Louisville. She is the author of the book "Whitlock's Composition."

    Smith is in his first year as the superintendent of Marion County Public Schools. He is the first African-American male appointed as a superintendent in Kentucky.

  • Road to success?

    When the Lebanon bypass opened in July of 2008, it was expected to put Marion County in the fast lane toward progress.

    The new road was intended to give commuters better access to the county and alleviate traffic congestion in downtown. It was also expected that new stores and businesses would locate along the bypass.

  • Tornado warning test planned for Tuesday

    Tuesday, March 2, the National Weather Service will be conducting a statewide tornado drill at 10:07 a.m.

    This is a test, but the test will be conducted using the live code "TOR", the same code used during an actual tornado warning. The National Weather Service will specify that Tuesday morning's drill is only a test, but TV crawls will display a "Tornado Warning" message.

    Using the live code is necessary because that is the only way the weather alerting equipment will function properly.

  • One fatality reported in plane crash near airport

    Kentucky State Police and Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating a single-engine plane crash near Ky. 55 and the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    The police have confirmed that one person died in the crash. The lone occupant has been identified as 40-year-old Kent Douglas Shilling of Springfield. The cause of death will be determined at an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday morning at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville.   

    The time of the crash has not been determined.

  • MCHS Academic Team successfully defends 5th Region title

    The Marion County High School Academic Team competed in the KAAC Governor's Cup Academic Competition hosted at Marion County High School on Feb. 18-20 and came away with their second regional title in as many years. Led by seniors Grant Avritt, Patrick Cox, Kurt Dulmage, Joseph Lucas, and Hannah O'Daniel, the Knights outdistanced 15 other Fifth Region schools by winning four of the six written assessment events and capturing first place in the eight-team Quick Recall tournament. Patrick Cox took top honors in mathematics and arts/humanities.

  • AG's office call for changes on topix.com

    Topix.com provides a message board that allows anyone to post comments on local and national issues. But that same message board has also been the source of controversy because some users post defamatory and derogatory comments about others in those forums.

    Now, the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the Connecticut Attorney General's Office are pushing for topix.com to make changes.

  • First load of donations delivered to Haiti

    A total of 110,000 pounds of peanut butter, rice, beans, canned goods, T-shirts, sheets and shoes were collected locally for the people of Haiti. Thursday, the first shipment of those donations was delivered to the poverty-stricken country that suffered a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12.

    According to Brother Bud Owen, who has been leading the local relief effort, the next load of local donations will be sent to Haiti in approximately 28 days. Bro. Bud's parents, Larry and Diane Owen, have a mission called Waves of Mercy based in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Bro.

  • Lobbyist meets with local PAC

    During the past month, the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Lebanon City Council took its first step into the field of lobbying.

    Friday morning at the Hampton Inn, the Citizens for Continued Growth of Marion County, a political action committee, met with Karen Thomas-Lentz, the lobbyist who will be working on behalf of the city and the county.

  • Open for business

    In 1972, six men got together to form an organization to stimulate business, commercial and manufacturing activity in Marion County.

    Today, that organization, the Marion County Industrial Foundation, provides oversight to the Marion County Economic Development Office, and it could affect what Lebanon and Marion County will look like in the future. The foundation owns more than 330 acres of land (along Hwy. 208 and at the intersection of Hwy.

  • Good Knight

    Editor's note: This is the first of a series of stories about the 2009 Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce "Outstanding" award recipients.   "Find yourself here." That's the state slogan for California. And, for Melissa Lee Knight, it rings true. After being born and raised in Calvary, graduating from Marion County High School in 1996, and Western Kentucky University in 2000, Knight and the man that would soon become her husband, Will, decided to leave their small Kentucky towns and move t