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  • Luckett named interim police chief

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw has appointed Sgt. Mike Luckett as the interim Lebanon Police Chief. Luckett took over as acting chief Feb. 1.

    Crenshaw noted in a memorandum to the Lebanon Police Department that Luckett is not a candidate to fill the position permanently.

    "This selection will help ensure that those applications from within the department are considered in an equitable manner," Crenshaw wrote.

    In a phone interview, Crenshaw said Luckett is a competent and responsible person.

  • Rachel's Challenge speaker coming to Marion County

    Craig Scott was a student at Columbine High School April 20, 1999, when the infamous shooting spree took place. His sister, Rachel, was the first person killed that fateful day.

    Monday, Feb. 8, Craig Scott will be visiting Marion County. He is scheduled to speak with middle school students at 9 a.m. and with high school students at 1 p.m. He will meet with Friends of Rachel (a teen leadership group) at 3:30 that afternoon, and he will give a community presentation at 7 p.m. at Marion County High School.

  • Lebanon man arrested for child pornography possession

    Sherman Pike, 45, of Lebanon was arrested Feb. 1 on charges of possessing child pornography.

    Attorney General Jack Conway and the Department of Criminal Investigations announced the arrest Feb. 2.

    The Cybercrimes Unit of the Attorney General's Office made the arrest with the assistance of the Lebanon Police and the Marion County Sheriff's Department. A search warrant was executed on Pike's home Monday, Feb. 1.

  • Coffee, muffins and legislation

    The weather may have slowed things down, but it wasn't enough to stop Marion County Farm Bureau from hosting its annual legislative breakfast Saturday morning.

    "We're not going to let a little snow keep us from talking about the issues," said Joe Paul Mattingly, Marion County Farm Bureau president.

    Recently-elected State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and the two men running for his old state representative's seat in yesterday's special election, Leo Johnson and Terry Mills, also attended the breakfast.

  • Thousands of pounds of food collected for Haiti relief effort

    Hours after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, Brother Bud Owen of Lebanon Christian Church began organizing a collection drive to help the Haitians. Bro. Bud's parents, Larry and Diane Owen, have a mission called Waves of Mercy based in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Initially, Bro. Bud's goal was to fill a semi-truck trailer with jars of peanut butter. But he and the people of Marion County, along with surrounding communities and even neighboring states, have managed to surpass that goal and do so much more.

  • Fiscal court scheduled to meet Thursday

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

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

    - The annual report of the Marion County Office of Economic Development

    - An overview of the hazard mitigation plan update with Pam Bowling of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District.

    - Consider renewal of the county's dental plan.

    - A presentation and request by Marion County 4-H Shooting Sports Club members.

  • State Representative candidate questionnaire: Leo Johnson

    Leo Johnson

    Age:  31

    Educational background:  Graduated high school from Russell Co in 1996, attended Eastern Kentucky University

    Address: 1370 Ky 80 Windsor, Ky 42565, or mailing address is PO Box 923 Liberty, Ky 42539

  • State Representative candidates questionnaire: Terry Mills

    Terry Mills

    Age: 59

    Educational background:

    Graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1973 with a degree in

    Business Administration and a minor in Accounting

    Address:

    695 McElroy Pike

    Lebanon, Ky 40033

    Work Experience:

    35 years with Social Security. I began as a Customer Service Representative in 1973. After various promotions over the years, retired as Acting District Manager in June of 2007

  • Board excited with superintendent's progress

    Superintendent Donald Smith has been sitting at the helm of Marion County's school district for more than six months now, and according to the board of education that hired him, he's made a great deal of progress.

    Last week, the board and Smith sat down for Smith's mid-year evaluation. In the past, superintendent evaluations have been done in closed session but that changed in 2008 after the attorney general ruled that such evaluations must be public, except when they might lead to discipline or dismissal.

  • County changes pricing for dead animal removal

    The Marion County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a change to the county's fee for dead animal removal during its Jan. 21 meeting.

    Under the new policy, the county will charge $20 to visit a site and remove one animal. The county will also be charging $10 for each additional animal it picks up during the same visit.

    Marion County started providing dead animal removal on its own last year. Previously, the county had paid Nation Brothers to provide the service, but Nation Brothers ceased the service in several counties because its expenses increased.