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  • Ford murderer still at-large

    This year, Christmas has new meaning for Darrell Ford. It was this time last year that he saw his brother, Lebanon Police Officer David Ford, alive for the final time. "We had Christmas dinner at my house," Darrell said. "David had to work that day so he was in uniform. I remember thinking, 'Damn he looks good.'" On Feb.

  • Holiday wreath-laying to honor vets this Saturday

    The Lebanon National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation's veterans, this Saturday at noon.   

    The Wreaths Across America event began in 2006, when the Worcester Wreath Company began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to veterans laid to rest at VA's 130 national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries. For each of the past 18 years, they have donated wreaths for gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Board of Claims finds state police liable in death of Lebanon teenager

    More than 13 years after Lebron Gaither's murder, the Kentucky Board of Claims has found the Kentucky State Police liable in his death. The Board of Claims issued a final order Dec. 8 in which the board ruled that the police were liable for $168,729.90 in damages.

    LeBron Gaither was 17 years old when he was killed July 17, 1996, in Casey County near the Casey-Taylor County line. Gaither had been working as a drug informant for the state police. In the days prior to his death, he had testified before grand juries in Marion and Taylor counties.

  • Council approves property maintenance ordinance

    The City of Lebanon may soon become more active in pushing residents to maintain their properties.

    Monday evening, the council voted unanimously to approve the second reading of a property maintenance code enforcement ordinance. Before the ordinance becomes law, it must be published in the newspaper. (It does not appear in today's paper.)

    Despite the unanimous vote, council members did raise some concerns about the ordinance.

  • Higdon wins Senate seat

    Jimmy Higdon is Kentucky's newest state senator.

    Higdon was elected in a Dec. 8 special election to represent the 14th District, which includes Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties. He will fill the remainder of Dan Kelly's unexpired term, which was scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2010.

    Kelly's senate seat became vacant when he was appointed to the judge's seat for the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division One.

  • In Brief

    One new candidate files for fiscal court

    Phillip Dewayne Shively of Finley has filed to run for the District D magistrate seat.

    Incumbent Larry Caldwell of Lebanon previously filed to seek re-election.

    Tennessee murder trial for Lebanon man near conclusion

    The evidence has been presented and closing arguments have been presented in the trial of George Thomas of Lebanon, according to WBIR in Knoxville. It's now up to the jury to make its decision.

  • Nothing to waste

    An old maxim says, "Waste not, want not."

    The city of Lebanon is hoping its waste is something that local farmers will want.

    And county officials are supporting the effort.

    "It's ultimate in recycling," said Keith Brock, the Marion County solid waste and environmental coordinator.

    Each month, the Lebanon wastewater treatment plant produces around 200 tons of biosolids, the byproduct of the treatment process, and city officials would like to give it away for free to Marion County farmers.

  • H1N1 death reported

    Twelve cases of H1N1 have been confirmed in Marion County, and now one death has been attributed to this strain of the influenza virus.

    The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family services included the Marion County death on its updated chart, which is available at kyhealthalerts.gov.

    The Marion Countian who died was a man in his 40s who had underlying health conditions, according to Gwenda Bond, an assistant communications director with the cabinet.

    The family of the man has requested that his name not be released.

  • Lebanon City Council meeting Monday evening

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 7.

    Items on the agenda are as follows:

    - Delegations: Helen Ann Maupin, street light request for Sterk Avenue

    - Minutes of previous meeting

    - Payment of bills

    - Reports

    - Old business: discussion of 408 N. Woodlawn Avenue

  • Special election: KCIS survey of Senate District 14 candidates

    The Family Trust of Kentucky recently sent a survey to Jodie Haydon and Jimmy Higdon, the candidates for Dec. 8 special election to fill the vacant District 14 state senate seat.

    According to the Family Trust, the purpose of the survey is to improve voters' knowledge of the candidates, voter participation and the democratic process in Kentucky.

    The survey takes an "issues-only" approach, with the aim of cutting through political rhetoric.

    The survey offered a variety of statements and asked candidates to respond whether they agreed or disagreed.