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  • Council approves property maintenance ordinance

    The City of Lebanon may soon become more active in pushing residents to maintain their properties.

    Monday evening, the council voted unanimously to approve the second reading of a property maintenance code enforcement ordinance. Before the ordinance becomes law, it must be published in the newspaper. (It does not appear in today's paper.)

    Despite the unanimous vote, council members did raise some concerns about the ordinance.

  • Higdon wins Senate seat

    Jimmy Higdon is Kentucky's newest state senator.

    Higdon was elected in a Dec. 8 special election to represent the 14th District, which includes Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties. He will fill the remainder of Dan Kelly's unexpired term, which was scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2010.

    Kelly's senate seat became vacant when he was appointed to the judge's seat for the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division One.

  • In Brief

    One new candidate files for fiscal court

    Phillip Dewayne Shively of Finley has filed to run for the District D magistrate seat.

    Incumbent Larry Caldwell of Lebanon previously filed to seek re-election.

    Tennessee murder trial for Lebanon man near conclusion

    The evidence has been presented and closing arguments have been presented in the trial of George Thomas of Lebanon, according to WBIR in Knoxville. It's now up to the jury to make its decision.

  • Nothing to waste

    An old maxim says, "Waste not, want not."

    The city of Lebanon is hoping its waste is something that local farmers will want.

    And county officials are supporting the effort.

    "It's ultimate in recycling," said Keith Brock, the Marion County solid waste and environmental coordinator.

    Each month, the Lebanon wastewater treatment plant produces around 200 tons of biosolids, the byproduct of the treatment process, and city officials would like to give it away for free to Marion County farmers.

  • H1N1 death reported

    Twelve cases of H1N1 have been confirmed in Marion County, and now one death has been attributed to this strain of the influenza virus.

    The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family services included the Marion County death on its updated chart, which is available at kyhealthalerts.gov.

    The Marion Countian who died was a man in his 40s who had underlying health conditions, according to Gwenda Bond, an assistant communications director with the cabinet.

    The family of the man has requested that his name not be released.

  • Lebanon City Council meeting Monday evening

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

    Items on the agenda are as follows:

    - Delegations: Helen Ann Maupin, street light request for Sterk Avenue

    - Minutes of previous meeting

    - Payment of bills

    - Reports

    - Old business: discussion of 408 N. Woodlawn Avenue

  • Special election: KCIS survey of Senate District 14 candidates

    The Family Trust of Kentucky recently sent a survey to Jodie Haydon and Jimmy Higdon, the candidates for Dec. 8 special election to fill the vacant District 14 state senate seat.

    According to the Family Trust, the purpose of the survey is to improve voters' knowledge of the candidates, voter participation and the democratic process in Kentucky.

    The survey takes an "issues-only" approach, with the aim of cutting through political rhetoric.

    The survey offered a variety of statements and asked candidates to respond whether they agreed or disagreed.

  • On the record with... Jodie Haydon

    1. In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing Kentucky at this time, and what can you do to help with that issue if you are elected?   Due to the current leadership of the Kentucky State Senate there is a political roadblock which has resulted in gridlock in state government. My opponent cannot solve this problem because he will be just another yes vote to David Williams, the obstructer in chief of the State Senate. My election will send a message to both political parties that business as usual is over.

  • On the record with... Jimmy Higdon

    1. In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing Kentucky at this time, and what can you do to help with that issue if you are elected?   The most important issue is creating jobs and protecting the jobs we already have. As a small business owner, I understand firsthand the hardships businesses face in this tough economy. Kentucky has lost over 100,000 jobs this past year and these jobs will only come back with hard work.

  • MAC inmate walks away, recaptured within hours

    A inmate from Marion Adjustment Center was confirmed to be missing at 9:24 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. By 11:55 that night he had been recaptured by the Kentucky State Police.

    John Lawrence Kilburn, 28, walked away from MAC, but was located in Marion County.

    Kilburn was serving a 10-year sentence for second-degree robbery on a Pulaski County conviction. According to a statement from MAC, he would have been eligible for parole in March of 2011.

    MAC officials credited local and state law enforcement for a quick response to apprehend Kilburn.