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  • Veterans driver's license now available

    Kentucky veterans have the option of having their driver's license imprinted with a "Veteran" designation, however, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has reported that there has been some confusion about the veterans license.

    Veterans who wish to have the veteran designation on their license must present form DD214 when renewing their license at their local circuit clerk's office. DD214 is the Department of Defense form that verifies military service.

  • State rep candidates address Friday Forum

    Incumbent State Rep. Terry Mills and challenger Bill Pickerill both addressed the community Oct. 5 at the David R. Hourigan Building. While both are familiar faces in the county, their talks gave them an opportunity to introduce their campaigns.

    The two candidates flipped a coin, and as a result Pickerill spoke first during the First Friday Forum luncheon, hosted by the Marion County Industrial Foundation.

    Pickerill would like to see some changes made in Frankfort.

  • Kentucky voters will consider 'right to hunt' amendment

    On Nov. 6, Kentuckians will have the opportunity to vote on amending the state constitution to explicitly include the right to hunt.

    The General Assembly approved legislation during the 2011 regular session to put the amendment on the ballot this year. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources worked on the bill along with the League of Kentucky Sportsman and the National Rifle Association.

  • R.L. Schrieber working on expansion

    Greg Ransdell, CEO of R.L. Schreiber, visited the Marion County Industrial Foundation Board on Oct. 2 and provided an update on the company's plans.

    "The company is going through an enormous change," Ransdell said.

    R.L. Schreiber opened its Lebanon plant in May of 2011 with plans to hire 83 employees. To date, Ransdell said the Lebanon plant employs more than 60 people, and he anticipates it will have more than 83 employees after a new high-efficiency, production line is installed.

  • Smith pleads to wanton endangerment

    A Lebanon man who was facing an attempted murder charge has pled guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment.

    James C. Smith, 51, of 3450 Hwy. 208 was arrested Dec. 10, 2011. According to the arrest report, Catherine "Kitty" Smith, his ex-wife, wrestled the gun away from him before fleeing their home and going to her daughter's house.

  • Special educator ends 31-year career on high note

    It takes courage to follow one's heart, and that's exactly what Debbie Spalding did 31 years ago when she accepted her first job as a special education teacher.

    This month, Spalding will retire from the only career she has ever known.

    But, initially, it wasn't her first career choice.

    She had planned on becoming a nurse. She even went to nursing school, but experiencing the death of several of her patients was too much for her.

  • Susie's Bottoms Up 'likely' to have discriminated against blacks

    The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has concluded that there is "probable cause to believe unlawful discrimination" occurred at a Raywick bar earlier this year. The complaints stem from accusations that Susie's Bottoms Up Bar and Grill and its owner, Susan Riggle, denied entrance to African-Americans.

  • Bobby Rigdon arrested for murder

    William R. "Bobby" Rigdon of Lebanon was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with murder in the death of Wendall "Gleason" Pyles, who was shot and killed Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, while working at Tarter Gate Company in Dunnville.
    According to a media release from KSP Post 15, Rigdon, 27, was arrested at 8:52 p.m., three miles north of Lebanon on St. Rose Road. He was arrested by Kentucky State Troopers and detectives from Post 15 along with KSP Special Response Team members and assisted by deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Department.

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Here is the agenda:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - First reading of a 2012-13 budget ordinance amendment

    - Agreement with the Marion County Historical Society regarding insurance

    - E-911 Advisory Board by-laws and procedures/appointments

    - Department reports

    - Payment of bills 

  • Keeping pace

    Casey Wright of Georgetown was understandably out of breath after finishing a six-mile leg that ended at Maker's Mark in the 2012 Bourbon Chase. She still managed a smile and said that this is her second time participating in the race.

    She offered a one-word explanation for why she returned.

    "Craziness," Wright said.