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  • Living long, living well

    Richard Smalley hasn't done too much traveling in the 96 years he's been alive, but he has done a lot of living in that time.

    "I haven't rode no plane. I haven't rode no motorcycle," he said. "But I have rode mules."

    Smalley was born March 24, 1913, to William Henry and Mae (Clark) Smalley in Marion County.

  • MCHS hires new assistant principal, board member forced to resign

    Marion County High School has a new assistant principal but the district has lost a school board member.

    This all comes after the Marion County High School's Site-based Decision Making Council held a special called meeting last week and unanimously voted to hire Christina L. McRay to fill the school's vacant assistant principal position, which was left open when Tammy Newcome resigned and accepted an interim principal's position at Boston Elementary in Nelson County.

    McRay is the daughter of School Board Member Joe F. Mattingly.

  • Special contest going to the dogs

    Just Paws, Inc., is organizing a new contest that is for a good cause and could be a lot of doggone fun.

    The design contest, called Barkitecture, will invite local amateurs and professionals to create a functional outdoor doghouse. Just Paws invites individuals, groups or companies, to showcase their creative talents. The winner will receive an award. The houses will be on display at the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce's Farm, Home and Garden Show April 3. The winners will be announced Sunday April 4 on stage at the show.

  • More candidates have filed for the primary

    Democrat Terry Mills and Republican Leo Johnson will be squaring off Tuesday, Feb. 2, in a special election to decide who will serve as the 24th District state representative during the 2010 General Assembly.

    But there will be at least one more candidate in the mix when the May 18 primary election is held. Bill Pickerill has filed to run in the Republican primary.

  • County, city may hire lobbyist in Frankfort

    During the Jan. 21 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting, Tom Lund, the executive director of the Marion County Industrial Foundation, asked the county to consider an agreement to hire a lobbyist in Frankfort.

    The proposal calls for the county and the City of Lebanon to share the cost of hiring Karen Thomas-Lentz, who is registered as a legislative agent (a.k.a. lobbyist) with the state. Thomas-Lentz's registration lists 43 employers, 15 of which are active at this time. She is the daughter of the late Sam B. Thomas, a former state representative from Marion County.

  • Special election is today

    The special election for the 24th District state representative is today, Feb. 2. Polls are open until 6 p.m.

    Republican Leo Johnson of Windsor and Democrat Terry Mills of Lebanon are running to fill the seat.

    If you are a registered voter, but don't know where to vote, call the county clerk's office at 692-2651.

  • Helping Haiti

    Peanut butter.

    Donating a jar of peanut butter is an easy way the people of Marion County could help the starving people in Haiti who are desperately trying to recover from a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince Tuesday of last week.

    Brother Bud Owen, pastor at Lebanon Christian Church, says this community could save thousands of lives with simple jars of peanut butter and he's leading an effort to make that happen.

  • Census hiring employees

    Uncle Sam wants you, and he's willing to pay for your help.

    Every 10 years, the government is required by the Constitution to conduct a census of the population, and the U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire an Army of temporary workers to assist with the effort.

    Marion County is one of 14 counties in the Lexington district, and the bureau is looking to hire between 1,200 and 1,500 workers this year, according to Racheal Hampton, the local Census Bureau office manager.

  • Manning finishes in top 10 in Kentucky's Junior Miss

    Marion County Junior Miss Michelle Manning placed in the top 10 during the Kentucky Junior Miss competition this past weekend in Lexington. Manning also won the friendship award, the overall fitness award, and a total of $800 in cash scholarships.

  • Retiring Young

    Shelton Young's early encounters with police were mostly positive. There was one exception, however. As a teenager, he had a 1955 Chevy, and sometimes he squealed the tires as he drove it down the street.

    "I was like any other crazy teenager with a car," he said.

    He also happened to drive in front of the house of then-chief of police, Robert Benningfield. When Benningfield heard the squealing, he came outside and signaled for Young to come over.

    "It cost me $20 and I had to wash police cars one Saturday," Young said.