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  • Fire consumes garage on Loretto Road

    At 10:57 a.m. Nov. 17, the Lebanon Police received a report of a car fire at 980 Loretto Road, Seals Auto Sales and Auto Repair.

    As it turned out, the vehicle was inside a garage at that location.

    The Lebanon Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, but the fire grew large enough that every fire department in Marion County was paged. The Lebanon Police, Marion County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police, Marion County Ambulance and Marion County EMS also responded to the scene.

    The garage was consumed by the fire.

  • A fresh start for a familiar face

    The Rev. Lawman Chibundi isn't new to the people of Marion County, but he returned last week with a new idea for them to consider.

    Chibundi previously served as a parish priest at St. Augustine Catholic Church, but later left the Roman Catholic priesthood over some disagreements he has with church teachings.

    Chibundi doesn't speak with anger when he discusses those differences of opinion. Instead, he speaks highly of the priests he has known and worked with, including the current Archbishop of Louisville.

  • Racetrack slot machines hot topic at debate

    While the two candidates started the debate by stating their mutual friendship, clear differences emerged between the Democrat and Republican running for the vacated senate seat of Dan Kelly.

    The hour-and-a-half debate was hosted by PLG-TV 13 and featured questions from a panel of area newspaper editors for Bardstown Democrat Jodie Haydon and Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon.

  • To honor and remember

    The Marion County High School JROTC led a Veterans Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 13. The ceremony included the JROTC's POW/MIA ceremony, the recitation of the poem "We Are Not Dead," and a demonstration by the Eastern Kentucky University ROTC exhibition drill team. The guest speaker was Brig. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Garrett encouraged the students to think about the military values, such as loyalty, honor and integrity, and think about how they can apply them in their own lives.

  • Fiscal court meeting Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in regular session.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    - Consider the distribution of FEMA payments to local fire and rescue departments

    - Consider the re-appointment of water board member Earl Sandusky

    - Consider the appointment of Marion County Extension District Board members

    - Approve the return of $875 in unexpected Pride Recycling Grant funds

    - Consider Marion County map back cover for directory of services display

  • Working like a dog

    It has been more than a year since the City of Lebanon passed its animal control ordinance.

    And, according to Marion County Animal Control Officer Jeff Wooldridge, enforcing the ordinance is taking up the majority of his time. As a result, he asked the Marion County Fiscal Court to make their current part-time employee a full-time employee to help with the additional workload.

    However, magistrates believe the City of Lebanon needs to chip in.

  • Shooter pleads not guilty to assault

    A shooting on Saturday morning, Nov. 7, has left a Lebanon man in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen while the shooter is in jail being charged with first-degree assault.

  • A Good Run

    As the Marion County Marching Knights left the field Saturday after their performance in the AAAA state semifinals at South Oldham High School, band director Shane Mitchell was smiling.

    "That was a good run," he told them.

    Unfortunately, for Marion County, it wasn't quite enough to reach the state finals. The top four teams in the semifinals advanced to the state finals, and the Marching Knights finished ninth overall.

    "You should still be proud of what you accomplished this season," Mitchell told the band after the results were announced.

  • Employee injures hand at ATI Portland Forge

    An employee at ATI Portland Forge in Lebanon severely injured his hand Tuesday of last week, but rumors that his hand was cut off are untrue, according to a company spokesperson.

    The employee, whose name can't be released because of company policy, was operating a piece of equipment Tuesday of last week when at approximately 8:30 p.m. there was an accident, according to company spokesperson Dan Greenfield.

    "His coworkers got to him right away and they called 911," Greenfield said. "EMS were there in nine minutes, which is absolutely terrific service."

  • Second Chances

    Standing among the razor wire fences and security cameras at Marion Adjustment Center Wednesday of last week, there were dozens of bright eyes, smiling faces and even a few happily wagging tails.

    It was the first day of the prison's "Second Chances" canine program, and it wasn't clear who was happier - the dogs or the inmates.