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  • Deep roots

    Never say never.

    That's a valuable lesson Rick Goodin learned years ago after saying that he would never come back to live in his hometown of Lebanon or work at his family's business - Lebanon Oak Flooring.

    But, as Goodin can attest, sometimes it's good to be wrong.

    It's apparently paid off for Goodin, who was recently named Outstanding Businessperson by the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Public and Private Partnership

    Gov. Steve Beshear made a quick stop in Marion County last week to present a $1 million check to the City of Lebanon.

    While Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw admits that a visit from the governor is always welcomed, it's even better when he has a check in hand.

    However, this time it was a bit more personal for Crenshaw.

    The check, which was a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), will benefit Angell-Demmel North America Corp., with its upcoming expansion.

  • CLASS-ified

    Artistic and cultural opportunities could become a regular attraction at Centre Square if everything goes according to plan.

    St. Catharine College officials are looking for ways to expand their outreach to Marion County, and they see Centre Square as the venue to make that happen.

    Marion Countians could work toward college degrees and take continuing education courses - in a classroom setting - without needing to leave the county, according to a proposal presented to the Lebanon City Council earlier this month.

  • New chief takes the reins

    The City of Lebanon has a new chief of police.

    Joseph Bell was sworn in as the chief Saturday afternoon following a special-called meeting of the Lebanon City Council. Wally Brady was sworn in as the new assistant chief.

    Bell is the first African-American to serve as Lebanon's chief of police.

    After taking the oath of office, Bell said he has been working toward becoming a chief for 20 years. He added that fairness would be his main focus as the new leader of the department.

  • Coalition to present drug testing proposal to school board Tuesday, April 6

    The Marion County Safe Community Coalition is scheduled to present a proposal at the school board meeting Tuesday evening, April 6, to begin a drug-testing program at Marion County High School.

    The coalition is proposing that the high school randomly drug test 260 students during the 2010-11 school year. Students and their parents will be required to sign a statement that they volunteer to be a part of the program for the upcoming year.

  • Students, parents concerned about JROTC's future

    Elizabeth Matusz, a cadet in the Marion County High School JROTC program, stood before the high school's site-based council March 24. While occasionally fighting tears, she urged the council to allow the program to continue.

    "Give us one more year to get our numbers back up and to get our program back to what it can be," she said.

    A room filled with students, parents, former JROTC members and instructors were also there to show their support for the program.

  • ML King Avenue will be closed for construction Tuesday

    Tuesday morning, April 6, a portion of Martin Luther King Avenue will be closed for sewer construction/connection to the new Marion County Judicial Center, according to an announcement from Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly. ML King Avenue wlll be closed between Spalding Avenue and Harrison Street.

    The public will be able to access the David R. Hourigan Building from J.T. Whitlock Drive. Businesses on ML King Avenue will be accessible by entering from Harrison Street.

  • FORE-thought

    When Mike Gootee started building a golf course in Marion County, he recalled a friend asking him if he knew what he was doing. Gootee thought that he did, although he admits that he questioned himself about halfway through construction.

    "But it worked out," he said.

    Today, the Rosewood Golf Club has 100 members, attracts thousands of visitors and enjoys considerable support from its home community. A subdivision has developed around the course and a cluster of cabins can provide overnight lodging for up to 44 people per night.

  • Angell-Demmel receives $1 million economic development grant

    Gov. Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder joined community and company officials in Marion County to announce a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the city of Lebanon Wednesday morning. The grant will benefit Angell-Demmel North America Corp., a Tier 1 manufacturer of decorative trim products for the automotive industry, bringing more than 50 new jobs and an investment in excess of $4.8 million to the Commonwealth.

  • Former extension agent enters Alford plea in animal cruelty case

    A former Marion County agriculture extension agent indicted for animal cruelty has entered an Alford plea.

    Ed Lanham Jr., 47, of 1035 Logan Hill Road in Gravel Switch received 12 months of probation in exchange for his March 22 Alford plea.