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  • Board does not approve Lady Knights' basketball trips

    Approving trips and fundraisers is usually routine business at the Marion County Board of Education meetings, but it wasn't routine during its regular monthly meeting last week.

    When it was time to approve the overnight trips for the Lady Knights basketball team, Board Member Mike Cecil asked if there was a reason the paperwork was being turned in so early. The trips that were up for approval were trips to basketball tournaments in late December and January in Lexington, Mount Sterling and Louisville.

  • Two restaurants turned over to county attorney regarding tourism taxes

    McB's and Hometown BBQ have been turned over to the Marion County Attorney for being delinquent in turning in tourism taxes they have collected from their customers, according to a report presented Sept. 10 to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    According to the report McB's is nine months delinquent in turning in the tourism taxes it has collected, and Hometown BBQ is five months delinquent.

  • 'Call of the Wildman' renewed

    Animal Planet has announced that Ernie Brown Jr., the Turtleman, and his Turtle Team will be back for a second season.

    Nearly 1.3 million viewers tuned in to the season finale of "Call of the Wildman", which helped Animal Planet achieve its highest ever Labor Day audience.

    Animal Planet has signed an agreement for 20 new episodes featuring Brown's barehanded animal-catching antics.

    The air date for the next season has not yet been announced.

  • State representative's granddaughter has died

    Mia Kylee Simmerman, the 3-year-old granddaughter of State Rep. Terry Mills, was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon at the UK Medical Center after being found unresponsive at her home.

    "It's a tragic accident and we're grieving. We're grieving hard," Rep. Mills said.

    Kylee is the daughter of Terri Lee Mills and Andy Simmerman of Lexington.

    "It's the greatest pain I've ever experienced," Rep. Mills said.

  • Early Bird contributions welcome for Thanksgiving meal

    The United Concerned Citizens Organization Inc. will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner on Nov. 29 at Centre Square, but it's not too early to help.

    The UCCO is holding and "early bird" fundraising drive. Anyone who would like to make a contribution to help with the dinner can do so. Checks and money orders should be sent to:

    The United Concerned Citizens Organization, Inc.

    PO Box 74

    Lebanon, KY 40033

  • Turtleman and Turtle Team scheduled to be at Ham Days

  • County approves funds for PVA, detention center

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved a slight increase in funds for the Marion County Property Valuation Administrator's Office during its regular monthly meeting Thursday.

    The Finance Cabinet advised the fiscal court in March that the court should pay the PVA's Office $41,284.55. Based on the updated property values, the Finance Cabinet has increased that amount to $41,784.55.

  • Family Fitness and Safety Day to offer many fun activities


    This free event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Graham Memorial Park. The event is open to children from preschool through the sixth grade and their families.

    The Marion County Fitness and Nutrition Coalition has organized the event, which features a number of family-friendly activities, such as a dunking booth, sack races, and an inflatable obstacle course.

  • A multi-million dollar opportunity

    Many Marion Countians want to make a lasting impact on their community, and last week Al Rider spoke about doing just that by creating a local community foundation.

  • Record number of MCHS students attend GSP

    Eleven Marion County High School students were chosen to participate in the Governor's Scholars Program this summer. They are Madison Avritt, Morgan Avritt, Jacob Burdette, Brad Gootee, Abigail Hagan, Abby Hamilton, Mary Helen Hamilton, Haberlin Roberts, Charles Shofner, Lauren Thim and Hannah Wilson.