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  • Helping Haiti

    Peanut butter.

    Donating a jar of peanut butter is an easy way the people of Marion County could help the starving people in Haiti who are desperately trying to recover from a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince Tuesday of last week.

    Brother Bud Owen, pastor at Lebanon Christian Church, says this community could save thousands of lives with simple jars of peanut butter and he's leading an effort to make that happen.

  • Census hiring employees

    Uncle Sam wants you, and he's willing to pay for your help.

    Every 10 years, the government is required by the Constitution to conduct a census of the population, and the U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire an Army of temporary workers to assist with the effort.

    Marion County is one of 14 counties in the Lexington district, and the bureau is looking to hire between 1,200 and 1,500 workers this year, according to Racheal Hampton, the local Census Bureau office manager.

  • Manning finishes in top 10 in Kentucky's Junior Miss

    Marion County Junior Miss Michelle Manning placed in the top 10 during the Kentucky Junior Miss competition this past weekend in Lexington. Manning also won the friendship award, the overall fitness award, and a total of $800 in cash scholarships.

  • Retiring Young

    Shelton Young's early encounters with police were mostly positive. There was one exception, however. As a teenager, he had a 1955 Chevy, and sometimes he squealed the tires as he drove it down the street.

    "I was like any other crazy teenager with a car," he said.

    He also happened to drive in front of the house of then-chief of police, Robert Benningfield. When Benningfield heard the squealing, he came outside and signaled for Young to come over.

    "It cost me $20 and I had to wash police cars one Saturday," Young said.

  • Fiscal court to discuss dead animal removal

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

    Among the items on the agenda is the issue of "stockpiling" dead animals for removal. The county took over the dead animal removal last year, but county officials may revise the policy to address concerns over "stockpiling" animals.

    Here is the agenda for the Jan. 21 meeting:


    1)   Consider / Approval  of  Minutes  of  Previous  Meeting

  • Remembering Officer David Ford

    Lebanon City Hall was standing room only Tuesday of last week during a memorial service for slain Lebanon Police Officer David Ford.

    Ford was found shot to death in his home in Campbellsville on Feb. 10, 2009. Last week, friends, family and fellow officers took time to remember Ford.

    "I never thought that someone from a small police department like ours could affect so many people," LPD K-9 Officer Byron Richardson said.

  • Leaving with Hope

    Hope Barrett left Marion Adjustment Center Saturday afternoon with a smile on her face and a new dog by her side.

    The dog, McGyver, is a 4-year-old Great Pyrenees and shepherd mix, who was trained behind the fences of the Columbia unit, the medium security area at Marion County's private prison.

    As Barrett and McGyver were leaving, Thomas Elza, an inmate at MAC, followed close behind, offering tips on how to help McGyver adapt to his new home.

  • Two inmates walked away from MAC

    Two inmates walked away from Marion Adjustment Center at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17.

    John Francis is a 40-year-old. He is 5'10" and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Francis was serving a five-year-sentence for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense and first-degree bail jumping.

    John Francis walked away from Marion Adjustment Center at approximately 9:30

  • Ice pickin' and grinnin'

    One minute, 15-year-old Shane Raymer of Caneyville was sitting in the audience enjoying the performers at the 2010 Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff. The next, emcee Jeremy Bowman was calling Raymer to take the stage and play his banjo for the estimated 200 people who attended Friday evening's show.

    And a minute after that, three-time national banjo champion Gary "Biscuit" Davis joined Raymer on stage.

    "It was a little bit scary," Raymer said after coming off stage, despite the smile on his face.

  • City, tech center collaboration proposed

    Councilman Kenny Marrett said he has spoken with the mayor about working with Marion County Area Technology Center on a new project for the tech center students.

    The idea would be for tech center students to build a house, which would later be sold, to help fund future home-building projects.