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  • City police to reconsider traffic enforcement grant

    The City of Lebanon has received several complaints regarding the recent traffic enforcement effort by the Lebanon Police Department, Mayor Gary Crenshaw said during Monday's city council meeting.

    The department received a $19,300 federal grant last year to pay for overtime for officers to enforce traffic laws, such as speeding and seat belt requirements.

  • Sweet 16 games will be available online

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association and iHigh.com have announced that video of all the games of the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 will available online.

    Visit http://khsaa.ihigh.com/ for details.

    The opening round through the semifinals will be available on a delayed basis. Saturday night's championship game will stream live, however.

    The Marion County Lady Knights face Mercy Academy in the first round today at 1:30 p.m. Central time (2:30 p.m. Eastern).

  • Unbound

    Charlene Hampton Holloway marched for equal rights and equal treatment in Louisville in the 1960s, and her grandfather was the first African-American to open a florist shop in Kentucky.

    But after she spoke during the NAACP's Black History Celebration Sunday, she said she wanted the audience to take away something else.

    "The shackles of the slaves are off," Holloway said. "We are not bound any more."

  • Lady Knights are Bowling Green bound

    Fifth Region championship tee-shirts will go on sale Monday, March 8, at noon. A limited number of first-round tickets will be available for purchase at 4 p.m. Monday at Marion County High School.

    The Marion County Lady Knights are the 2010 Fifth Region champions, and that means they have a ticket to the Kentucky Girls Sweet Sixteen in Bowling Green.

    Hundreds of Marion County fans greeted the players at the Marion County High School when they returned from winning the regional title.

  • Six apply for vacant school board seat

    Six people have applied for the school board seat that was left vacant when School Board Member Joe Mattingly resigned recently.

    The six applicants are: Joseph K. Ferguson, Peggy Sue Downs, Neal Alan Gordon, Steven Bradley Mattingly, Charles Michael Cecil and Mark Tennes Bell.

  • Police chief screening committee being formed

    The City of Lebanon is in the process of assembling a committee to interview the seven applicants for the vacant police chief position.

    City Administrator John O. Thomas said that he, Mayor Gary Crenshaw and Kandice Engle-Gray will serve on the committee. The remaining members have not yet been identified.

    When the final committee members are named, the committee will begin scheduling interviews, according to Thomas.

    Shelton Young retired as chief at the end of January. Here is some background about the seven individuals who are seeking to replace him:

  • Springfield man dies in plane crash

    A fatal airplane crash near the Lebanon-Springfield Airport last week claimed the life of a local pilot.

    Kent Douglas Shilling, 40, of Springfield was killed when the Piper PA-28 Cherokee airplane he was piloting went down about one mile from the airport.

  • Head of the class

    "You'll make a good substitute, but not a good teacher."

    Those words from her college advisor almost made Coury Leathers Osbourne give up on her dream of becoming a teacher, a dream that began at a very early age. Being raised in a family that put a strong emphasis on education and being surrounded by educators, including her father Freddie Leathers, it seemed natural for her to pursue teaching.

    But those words nearly sidetracked her during her senior year at Bellarmine University.

  • Faithful, fighter

    Toward the end of Sunday's Black History Celebration, Jerry Evans addressed the audience.

    "We've lost a fighter in the person of Verda Calhoun," he said.

    It was a simple, but significant statement about Calhoun, who died Thursday evening, Feb. 25, after decades of working to improve her community. She was 74.

    Calhoun served as president of the local chapter of the NAACP for 22 years until her death.

    She was a person who worked hard and wanted things done right and done well, according to those who knew her.

  • Lebanon City Council meets Monday

    The Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8.

    The following items are on the agenda:

    - Roger Marcum, executive vice president of St. Catharine College

    - Melissa Knight of the Centre Square Foundation Board

    - Minutes of previous meetings

    - Bills

    - Department reports

    - Old Business

    - New Business

    A. Appointments to the Human Rights Commission

    B. Contract between St. Catharine and the Centre Square Foundation Board

    - Other business