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  • New superintendent's first day is Wednesday, July 1

    Donald Smith's first official day as Marion County superintendent is Wednesday, July 1.

    While the first day of any job is critical, Smith said he feels confident and prepared because he has been working in the district since he was hired in late April.

    "The transition plan that Mr. Marcum put together was outstanding. I can't say enough about that," Smith said last week while he and his family set up his new office at the Marion County Board of Education.

  • Bedford man charged with one count of second-degree sodomy

    Charles Nunley II, 40, of 80 Feista Drive in Bedford was arrested last week and charged with three counts of second-degree sodomy.

    According to the criminal complaint, on three occasions during January, August and November of 2006, Nunley engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with someone younger than 14 years old.

    He has pled not guilty.  

    His bond was set at $5,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

  • Fires destroy homes in Bradfordsville, Lebanon

    A home in Bradfordsville and a home in Lebanon were both destroyed by fire last week.

    On Tuesday, June 16, the Bradfordsville Fire Department responded to a house fire at 205 Salleetown Road in Bradfordsville. The home, which belonged to James Tungate, was completely destroyed before firefighters arrived on scene, according to Brafordsville Assistant Fire Chief David Rakes.

    The cause of the fire hasn't been determined but the family is requesting that an arson investigator look into the blaze.

  • Ham Days wants to hear your story

    AH! It was the summer of 1969 and life was good! It was the end of a decade and the "Dawning of the Age of Aquarius."

    Some of you were just beginning your college life. Others were waiting to find out your draft number. Lebanon and indeed Marion County was the heart of rock and roll back in the day. No fewer than a half dozen clubs that were knockin' down the hits were packing in the crowds from as far away as Louisville and Richmond.

  • Senior Citizens Center seeking funds

    Last summer, the Lebanon Senior Citizen Center needed help from the City of Lebanon and the Marion County Fiscal Court to stay open.

    The city and the county gave $11,500 apiece for the 2008-09 fiscal year. Last week, Susan Mattingly and Frankie Powell (who work for the center) appeared before the city council again seeking additional funds.

    Mayor Gary Crenshaw said the city agreed to help last year.

    "I thought that would be a one-time situation," he said, later adding, "Now, I'm concerned we are back in the same situation."

  • City pushing to clean up Woodlawn property

    The Lebanon City Council wants unsightly properties to be cleaned up within city limits, and it's starting with 408 Woodlawn Avenue.

    John Thompson, the city building inspector and zoning official, said the city will file a summons against the property owner in Marion District Court.

    The city's goals is not to bring lawsuits, however.

    "The goal is to get the property cleaned up," Thompson said.

    The council briefly discussed 408 Woodlawn Avenue during both of its special called meetings last week (June 17 and 19).

  • Fiscal court projects 10 percent decrease in revenue

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is projecting a $1.4 million revenue decrease for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

    The county is projecting it will receive $12.1 million in revenue during 2009-10 fiscal year. This is a 10 percent decrease when compared to nearly $13.5 million it has received through June 15 of the 2008-09 fiscal year.

    The final figures for the 2008-09 budget are not yet official, but with the fiscal year ending June 30, the year-to-date figures will be close to the final figures, according to Marion County Treasurer Kevin Cochran.

  • St. Augustine Picnic is Friday and Saturday

    The first annual St. Augustine Picnic will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, at the school parking lots located at 236 South Spalding Avenue in Lebanon. The picnic will begin at 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday evenings. The St. Augustine Alumni Committee will be hosting this event. There will be something for all ages along with good food and great company.

    For more information, contact Glenn Leake, alumni committee chairperson at (270) 692-9413.

  • Former economic development director dies

    Lee Roy Senn, 82, of Danville died June 5.   Senn previously served as the Marion County economic development director, retiring in 1992.   Senn was born in Jefferson County Aug. 18, 1926. He was a World War II veteran, and he worked for the L&N Railroad for 36 years. He worked for the River Port Authority in Louisville and as the Maysville Chamber of Commerce director before he arrived in Lebanon.

  • Sheriff's Department recaptures MAC inmate

    An inmate at Marion Adjustment Center walked away from the private prison during the evening June 8. According to MAC officials, Danny Copeland, 55, was verified missing at 9:44 p.m. June 8. He was recaptured by the Marion County Sheriff's Department at 10:10 p.m.   Copeland was serving an eight-year sentence for two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He would have been eligible for parole Oct. 1, 2010, and his scheduled release date would have been Aug.