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  • General Assembly begins 2011 session

    The 2011 Kentucky General Assembly convened yesterday for four days of organizational and administrative meetings. The legislature will reconvene Feb. 1 to debate and vote on proposed legislation.

    The Democrats remain in control of the Kentucky House of Representatives, while Republicans remain the majority party in the Kentucky Senate.

  • Family craft

    Central Kentucky is known for producing quality spirits. The same can be said about the Beam family. If everything goes according to plan, a member of the Beam family may be bringing a small piece of that tradition to Marion County.

    Stephen Beam, 52, of Louisville is hoping to build a micro-distillery in Lebanon 

    "We are going to operate a small distillery in the concept of producing a craft spirit," Beam said.

  • Nominations for 'Outstanding' awards being accepted

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will present their outstanding awards during the Annual Meeting & Outstanding Awards Banquet on Jan. 27, 2011.

    Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2011.

    Please take the time to nominate your fellow business leaders for these prestigious awards. It only takes a few minutes of your time to thank someone that has made an impact on your career and or personal life.

  • New Chamber Board of Directors elected

    The following people have recently been elected to sit on the Marion County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors:


    Jessica Browning has been a resident of Marion County for three years. She is the owner operator of That Cute Little Shop.


  • Lasting Faith

    Deacon John King stepped to the front of the church to welcome the congregation.

    "As we always say, it's good to be in the house of the Lord," he said.

    It's easy to imagine that similar sentiments have been expressed for more than a century and a half by members of the congregation of First Baptist of Lebanon.

  • Campbellsville man indicted for sodomy

    McQuinn O. Johnson, 35, of 206 Candace Street in Campbellsville was indicted on a charge of first-degree sodomy in Marion Circuit Court recently. According to the indictment, on or about April 29, Johnson engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion.

    His bond was the same as his bond in a previous case, which was $150,000.

    In other indictments:

  • Local family featured on The Dr. Phil Show

    Hollywood may look glamorous from where most of us sit, but Laura Essex has developed a new point of view. Essex and her husband, Willie, parents of four young boys, including 7-year-old triplets, recently appeared on The Dr. Phil Show. It was quite an experience for the Marion County family, according to Laura.

  • Pendleton man gets 20 years for sex crimes

    Charles Nunley II, 42, of 8100 Organ Creek in Pendleton was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Marion Circuit Court recently for first-degree sodomy of a person under 12 years of age and second-degree sodomy (two counts).

    Nunley received credit for 571 days served.

    In other indictments:

  • Top 10 Stories of 2010

    "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute."

    That saying rings true for Kentuckians, and for the past two years Mother Nature has hit central Kentucky hard.

    In 2009, it was ice.

    In 2010, it was rain.

    What will 2011 bring? Only time will tell (but please excuse us while we pause a few moments to say a silent prayer.)

  • Firetruck overturns in Bradfordsville

    A Bradfordsville fire truck slid off the road and overturned while responding to a report of a one-vehicle accident at 11:36 p.m. Dec. 15.

    Bradfordsville firefighters Kevin Purdom and Dustin Hoeck were taking a 1976 Mack fire truck to assist the vehicle. They were traveling on Hwy. 49 south of Bradfordsville when the truck left the roadway.