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  • Dozens participate in March for Babies

    A quartet of Health Occupations Students of America members lined up at the front of the pack to kick off the 2009 Marion County March for Babies. "We want to help with these positive things," said Hannah Essex, one of the students. "It's a really good cause." The March for Babies is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes Foundation, which has a mission of improving the health of babies.

  • Lebanon officials receive property maintenance ordinance

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

    The agenda includes a discussion of a proposed property maintenance code enforcement ordinance for the city. For several months, city officials have discussed what are considered nuisance properties within the city as well as what can be done to address the problem.

    The agenda also includes a discussion of the property at 408 N. Woodlawn Avenue.

    Other items on the agenda include:

    A request for an equipment donation to Little League

    - A request for a noise ordinance variance.

  • Fire occurs at Jackie's Recycling

    A vehicle that caught fire at Jackie's Recycling Wednesday morning, Sept. 30, had a ripple effect and 50 or more crushed vehicles went up in flames, keeping firefighters busy for hours.

    According to the Lebanon Police department, a vehicle fire was reported at 10:22 a.m. at Jackie's Recycling located at 844 Sulpher Springs Road in Lebanon.

    Members of the Lebanon and Bradfordsville fire departments responded to the scene.

  • Farm Bureau's annual meeting is Oct. 12

    The 71st annual meeting of the Marion County Farm Bureau will be held Monday, Oct. 12, at the Lebanon Masonic Hall.

  • 'He's perfect'

    Adam Knopp admits he was scared the first time he held his son, Will, now 12 weeks old.

    "I didn't want to hold him that long ... he was tiny," Adam said.

    Many men can probably relate to what Adam, 26, was feeling at that moment at 3 a.m. the day after his son was born, but in this case, tiny is more appropriate than usual.

    Will was born at 31 weeks, weighed three pounds and seven ounces and was 16 inches long.

    "He was a little wrinkly thing," said Will's mother, Ashley Knopp, 25.

  • Birds a 'menace' in the city

    Arthur Greenwell has been washing the back of his car almost daily for the past few weeks.   The reason: bird droppings.

    A flock of starlings has decided to roost each evening in a tree on a neighboring property. They leave evidence of their presence each morning, according to Greenwell.

    "The droppings are what's aggravating," he said.

    Greenwell isn't the only Lebanon resident who has dealt with the starlings - and their droppings - and he probably won't be the last, either.

  • Ham Days 'like a gem'

    A wet and rainy Saturday didn't stop an estimated 30,000 people from enjoying the 2009 Marion County Country Ham Days this past weekend.

    "All in all, everybody is very pleased," said Emily Zink, Ham Days co-chairwoman. "Mother Nature gave us a little bit of rain, but we didn't lose either day totally."

    In spite of the wet conditions, several Ham Days events enjoyed good turnouts. The car show attracted more than 180 vehicles, and 179 runners ran through the puddles in the Pokey Pig 5K.

  • Room for improvement

    The results from the 2009 Kentucky Core Content Test, released Wednesday of last week by the state education department, show that there is definitely room for improvement for local schools, three of which are listed in "declining" status.

    According to Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith, the school district lost focus last year for several reasons, which he believes contributed to the drop in test scores.

  • Barktoberfest is Saturday

    The Marion County Animal Shelter's third annual Barktoberfest is this Saturday, Oct. 3, at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon.

    The event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., but early registration will begin at 1 p.m. There will be a $5 entry fee for each dog competing.

  • Ex-firefighters indicted on arson charges

    Monday, a Marion County grand jury indicted four former firefighters on charges of arson, burglary, criminal mischief and wanton endangerment.

    The indictments were issued against Melinda Orberson, 22, of 1615 Siloam Road in Bradfordsville; Stephen E. Orberson, 19, of Gravel Switch; Frederick E. Tate, 21, of 608 Dove Court in Harrodsburg; and James Robert Tate, 25, of 400 W. Fifth Street in Perryville.