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  • Special school board meeting tonight

     The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, July 30, at the board of education building, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    - Consider approval of construction contract for the Marion County Area Technology Center renovation/addition project and associated direct purchase orders, pending approval from the Kentucky Department of Education

    - Consider approval of revised BG-1 Form for the ATC renovation/addition, pending KDE approval

  • Flash flood warning in effect until Friday morning

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Marion County and much of central Kentucky. The watch is in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday, July 30, through Friday morning, July 31.

  • Work in progress almost complete

    After more than a decade of planning, renovating and spending, the City of Lebanon will celebrate the grand opening of the cultural and performing arts center at Centre Square on Thursday, July 30.

    According to Roger Marcum, chairperson of the Centre Square committee, the community won't be disappointed.

    "A few weeks ago, I had a tour of the facility. The community is going to be very impressed," he said. "A prime example of the results of visionary leadership."

  • Man kills ex-wife, self

    Cindy M. Tucker, 38, and James R. Brady, 30, were both found dead in the afternoon July 15 at 2245 Danville Highway. The Kentucky State Police ruled the incident a murder/suicide.

    A gun was recovered at the scene.

    "He killed her and then turned the gun on himself," said Trooper Billy Gregory, KSP public information officer.

    Gregory added that the preliminary autopsy (which was conducted July 16 in Louisville) confirmed that Brady killed Tucker. Det. Mike Dubree led the investigation.

  • High school registration begins Monday

    Marion County High School has announced its registration dates for the 2009-10 academic year. Seniors will register Monday, July 27, from 2-6 p.m. Juniors will register Tuesday, July 28, from 2-6 p.m. Sophomores will register Wednesday, July 29, from 2-6 p.m. Freshmen will register Thursday, July 30, from 2-6 p.m. Students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to register.

  • Baby dies following traffic accident

    A July 14 accident involving two vehicles and a pregnant driver ended tragically when the baby died the following day.

    The Lebanon Police, the Marion County Rescue Squad and Marion County EMS responded to a call of an accident at the intersection of Warehouse Road and W. Main Street at 2:32 p.m. July 14.

    According to the police, Tabitha K. Hutchison, 26, of Lebanon was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and Donna M. "Shelly" Gribbins, 29, of Lebanon was driving a 2007 Toyota Corolla. Janice Gribbins, 58, also of Lebanon, was a passenger in the Toyota.

  • Finley man arrested for attempted murder

    Manuel Pittman, 50, of Finley was arrested Thursday evening, July 16, and charged with attempted murder and six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment after he allegedly tried to shoot his daughter's boyfriend.

    According to Kentucky State Police, at 11:52 p.m., Post 15 received information of a domestic related shooting that occurred on Paul Shewmaker Road. KSP Trooper Brian Coyt and deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene and discovered that a firearm had been discharged in the direction of Richard Price, 22, of Lebanon.

  • Is the county next?

    The day after the City of Lebanon approved the second reading of an amended alcohol ordinance, a similar request was presented to the Marion County Fiscal Court.

    The city's ordinance allows Sunday alcohol sales by the drink as well as packaged sales, and it extends the sales hours until 1 a.m. (although state laws end packaged sales hours at midnight).

  • Lebanon council approves revised alcohol ordinance

    Rev. Darren Gillespie voiced concerns about the amended alcohol ordinance during the July 17 special-called meeting of the Lebanon City Council.

    But he was also concerned that the council was holding its second reading of the ordinance two days after its first reading was approved.

    "We, as citizens, need some time to look at this," Gillespie told the council.

  • Four arrested on arson charges

    The Kentucky State Police have arrested four firefighters, including one Marion County man, on charges of arson.

    Stephen E. Orberson, 19, of Gravel Switch, Melinda Orberson, 22, and James R. Tate, 24, both of Perryville, and Frederick E. Tate, 21, of Harrodsburg were arrested July 19 as a result of an investigation into multiple fires in Boyle and Marion counties.

    The four people arrested were volunteer firefighters with the Boyle County and Gravel Switch (Marion County) Fire Departments, according to the state police.