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  • Drug testing for students proposed

    Lisa Eubanks spoke with the board of education on behalf of the Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition about forming a committee to look at drug intervention programs for youth.

    Board chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew said she would like board members and Donald Smith to review the information provided about drug intervention. Smith has been selected to succeed Roger Marcum as the next superintendent of Marion County schools.

    Part of the discussion included the possibility of drug testing for students, particularly those involved in extracurricular activities.

  • Volunteering for the kids

    Desmond Spalding was honored earlier this year by the Women of Color as their 2009 Citizen of the Year. The award was a surprise to Spalding.

    "I was wondering why my wife kept asking me if I was going to dress up," he said.

    The award was presented to Spalding during the organization's annual Black History Celebration in February.

    Spalding, Jerry Evans and Jackie Furmon were named to the board of directors of the Marion County Youth Center, which was incorporated as a non-profit organization last summer by Mary Cowherd and Camille English.

  • Lebanon Mayor Crenshaw in Louisville hospital

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw is currently in Norton's Hospital in Louisville after he had a pulmonary embolism, a sudden blockage in a lung artery, last week.

    According to Lebanon City Administrator John Thomas, Crenshaw was doing okay as of press time, but he will be in the hospital a minimum of three to five days.

  • Lebanon man faces federal drug charge

    Kenneth Wesley Hillman, 47, of Lebanon was indicted in federal district court for growing more than 100 marijuana plants on his property, according to acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky (in Louisville).

    If convicted, Hillman could be facing up to 40 years in prison, up to $2 million in fines and four years of supervised release. The minimum penalty for a conviction is five years in prison.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. is prosecuting the case. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency investigated the case.

  • Smith named next superintendent

    In a unanimous decision, the Marion County Board of Education voted to name Donald W. Smith the next superintendent of schools.

    The board's vote authorized Chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew to execute a contract for Smith. He will begin a four-year term July 1, and he will begin his Marion County career with a salary of $105,000 per year.

  • 'A hometown kind of guy'

    After working next to Clellen Hayes for three and a half years, Gina Kirkland said he is different than any other ministers she's ever met.

    "I never knew a preacher could be so much fun," Kirkland said. "He was always ready for a laugh."

    Hayes is continuing his work as the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Lebanon, but he retired as the Gravel Switch postmaster March 31. 

    Kirkland worked next to Hayes when she was an employee at the now-closed Gravel Switch branch of People's Bank. The bank shared a building with the post office.

  • County starts dead animal removal

    A truck has been purchased and approved for use, and earlier this week, the Marion County Fiscal Court started its dead animal recovery service.

    Any producer requesting the service should call between 7 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. The phone number will have an answering machine. The number for the service is (270) 699-3277, or 699-DARS (for Dead Animal Removal Service).

    All producers should remember that there is a $20 fee for each site visit to remove animals.

  • Lebanon man indicted for manufacturing and possessing marijuana

    A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment last week charging Kenneth Wesley Hillman, 47, of Lebanon with growing more than 100 marijuana plants on his property.

    In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are 40 years incarceration and up to $2 million in fines or both, and four years of supervised release. The charges carry a minimum term of imprisonment of five years.

    Assistant United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., is prosecuting the case and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Higdon sends stoplight request to transportation cabinet

    State Rep. Jimmy Higdon has sent a letter to Joe Prather, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secretary, requesting a stoplight at the intersection of the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway and Hwy. 49.

    The Veterans Memorial Highway, also known as the Lebanon bypass, intersected Hwy. 49 near the Hampton Inn.

  • Residents urged to participate in 2010 Census

    Michelle Ellison visited the Marion County Fiscal Court Thursday to encourage county residents to participate in the 2010 Census.

    Ellison is a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, and she will be working in the central Kentucky area as part of the census. Ellison said she will be working with city and county officials and local churches and civic organizations to encourage participation.

    The census is required by the U.S. Constitution once every 10 years. The purpose of the census is to count everyone living in the United States and its territories.