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  • Students, parents concerned about JROTC's future

    Elizabeth Matusz, a cadet in the Marion County High School JROTC program, stood before the high school's site-based council March 24. While occasionally fighting tears, she urged the council to allow the program to continue.

    "Give us one more year to get our numbers back up and to get our program back to what it can be," she said.

    A room filled with students, parents, former JROTC members and instructors were also there to show their support for the program.

  • ML King Avenue will be closed for construction Tuesday

    Tuesday morning, April 6, a portion of Martin Luther King Avenue will be closed for sewer construction/connection to the new Marion County Judicial Center, according to an announcement from Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly. ML King Avenue wlll be closed between Spalding Avenue and Harrison Street.

    The public will be able to access the David R. Hourigan Building from J.T. Whitlock Drive. Businesses on ML King Avenue will be accessible by entering from Harrison Street.

  • FORE-thought

    When Mike Gootee started building a golf course in Marion County, he recalled a friend asking him if he knew what he was doing. Gootee thought that he did, although he admits that he questioned himself about halfway through construction.

    "But it worked out," he said.

    Today, the Rosewood Golf Club has 100 members, attracts thousands of visitors and enjoys considerable support from its home community. A subdivision has developed around the course and a cluster of cabins can provide overnight lodging for up to 44 people per night.

  • Angell-Demmel receives $1 million economic development grant

    Gov. Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder joined community and company officials in Marion County to announce a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the city of Lebanon Wednesday morning. The grant will benefit Angell-Demmel North America Corp., a Tier 1 manufacturer of decorative trim products for the automotive industry, bringing more than 50 new jobs and an investment in excess of $4.8 million to the Commonwealth.

  • Former extension agent enters Alford plea in animal cruelty case

    A former Marion County agriculture extension agent indicted for animal cruelty has entered an Alford plea.

    Ed Lanham Jr., 47, of 1035 Logan Hill Road in Gravel Switch received 12 months of probation in exchange for his March 22 Alford plea.

  • Education briefs: May 28 is the last day for students

    The last day of school for students is scheduled to be Friday, May 28, and the closing day for teachers and staff will be Monday June 1, according to the Marion County Board of Education's recent amendments, which were made to the school calendar last week.

    The board approved two days for Spring Break - April 8-9 - and decided to use May 18 (Election Day) as a day off for students but a working day for faculty and staff.

  • Zoo fined for train wreck

    The Louisville Zoo has been fined $37,000 as a result of a train turning over June 1, 2009. State inspectors concluded that excessive speed, the train's poor mechanical condition and inadequate training for the operator were factors in the train tipping on its side.

    The zoo was cited for six violations by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Office of Consumer and Environmental Protection, Division of Regulation and Inspection, Amusement Rides Branch.

  • St. Catharine College announces $150 million expansion

    The future is looking bright at St. Catharine College, and in many ways, the future is now.

    SCC President William D. Huston unveiled the college's new Vision 2025 plan Wednesday. That plan includes several campus over the next 15 years at an estimated cost of $150 million.

  • County offices make changes for Easter weekend

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly has reported a change in the garbage collection schedule for Friday, April 2. Due to the Easter weekend, the road department will run a short scheduled on Friday. As a result garbage collection may run earlier than usual.

    County residents are asked to put their garbage out a little earlier than usual for pick up this Friday.

    Saturday, April 3, the David R. Hourigan Government Center, the PVA's Office, the County Judge's Office and the County Clerk's Office will be closed.

  • Police looking for missing 14-year-old

    The Lebanon Police have issued a missing person's report for Fernanda Ponce, 14.

    Ponce was last seen March 26. She is a Hispanic female. No picture is available at this time.

    The police have also issued a kidnapping report in connection with this case.

    Anyone with information about Ponce's location should call the Lebanon Police at 692-2121 or the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.