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  • Be certain animals are dead before calling for pick-up

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said many animal producers are helping protect water supplies and the general public by participating in the county's dead animal removal service.

    While Mattingly appreciates the participation, he also urged producers to make sure their animals are dead before requesting the service.

  • Ex-ag agent's trial is scheduled for June

    Marion District Judge Amy Anderson has denied a motion on behalf of former Marion County agriculture extension agent Ed Lanham Jr. to suppress evidence found during a search of his property March 20, 2008.

    That search was conducted by David Thompson of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and it led to a search warrant being served on Lanham's property March 21, 2008.

    In the aftermath of that search, Lanham was indicted in May of 2008 for tampering with physical evidence and second-degree cruelty to animals.

  • 'Living historians' coming to Lebanon

    Saturday afternoon the 12th United States Colored Heavy Artillery will return to central Kentucky.

    The unit - or rather Civil War re-enactors portraying the unit - will set up camp at Centre Square May 16, for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Juneteenth Celebration.

    "Celebrating Lebanon's African Civil War Soldier" will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Johnston Field behind the convention center.

  • City council to revisit Sunday sales ordinance

    Junior Adams of the Cardinal Den visited the Lebanon City Council Monday to request a change to the city's Sunday alcohol sales ordinance.

    "It didn't help me any even though I worked on this thing kind of hard," he said.

    Adams said he also spoke with people at the Lebanon Country Club, and they had the same concerns.

  • Stimulus funding to help with road project

    Federal stimulus package money will provide $3.7 million to be used to build a connector route in Marion County. This was one of three projects approved April 24 by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awards committee.

    According to the announcement from the governor's office, Nally and Haydon Surfacing LLC will receive the grant. The stimulus money will be used to extend the Lebanon bypass from US 68 to Industrial Drive in Lebanon.

  • Storm debris clean-up wrapping up

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly is informing the public that the clean-up from the ice storm is coming to a close.

    As a result, the staging areas - at the county transfer station on Fairground Road, in Lebanon at the corner of Mercer and Taylor avenues, in Raywick near the fire department and in Loretto near the former St. Francis Nursing Center - will be closing at the end of the month, according to Mattingly.

    He added that the county would appreciate it if homeowners could continue to haul their own debris to the staging areas.

  • Small towns are bringing sexy back

    Pop music star (and one of the best Saturday Night Live hosts in history) Justin Timberlake is not the only one bringing sexy back.

    Bardstown native Kim Huston, who just happens to be my ex-stepmother, (it's complicated) is bringing sexy back for small town USA with her new book Small Town Sexy. Her book, which is scheduled to be released this summer, explores the "new allure and appeal of living in small town America" and the "seductive charm these towns have," according to her web site smalltownsexy.com.

  • Tourism commission supports Sunday packaged alcohol sales

    Grocery, liquor and convenience stores in Nelson County could be selling packaged liquor on Sundays by this summer, and, according to some local residents, Marion County needs to follow suit or the local economy could be at stake.

  • Next superintendent introduces himself to the community

    Marion County Board of Education member Alex Ackermann introduced Donald Smith, who will be the next Marion County superintendent, before he spoke at the Marion County Industrial Foundation's First Friday Forum May 1.

    "I'd just like to give a little personal observation about Mr. Smith," she said. "He has a passion for educating children, all children."

  • Ready for the worst

    Swine flu, or H1N1, has arrived in Kentucky.

    As of Monday, the CDC was reporting that at least one Kentuckian had a confirmed case of the latest flu incarnation, and the Kentucky Department of Public Health was reporting five probable cases, the most recent of which is a 3-year-old in Hardin County.

    With more than 280 confirmed cases in the United States, national, state and local health officials have continued to stress the importance of flu prevention measures - such as washing hands regularly and covering mouths and noses when people cough or sneeze.