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  • 'A hometown kind of guy'

    After working next to Clellen Hayes for three and a half years, Gina Kirkland said he is different than any other ministers she's ever met.

    "I never knew a preacher could be so much fun," Kirkland said. "He was always ready for a laugh."

    Hayes is continuing his work as the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Lebanon, but he retired as the Gravel Switch postmaster March 31. 

    Kirkland worked next to Hayes when she was an employee at the now-closed Gravel Switch branch of People's Bank. The bank shared a building with the post office.

  • County starts dead animal removal

    A truck has been purchased and approved for use, and earlier this week, the Marion County Fiscal Court started its dead animal recovery service.

    Any producer requesting the service should call between 7 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. The phone number will have an answering machine. The number for the service is (270) 699-3277, or 699-DARS (for Dead Animal Removal Service).

    All producers should remember that there is a $20 fee for each site visit to remove animals.

  • Lebanon man indicted for manufacturing and possessing marijuana

    A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment last week charging Kenneth Wesley Hillman, 47, of Lebanon with growing more than 100 marijuana plants on his property.

    In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are 40 years incarceration and up to $2 million in fines or both, and four years of supervised release. The charges carry a minimum term of imprisonment of five years.

    Assistant United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., is prosecuting the case and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Higdon sends stoplight request to transportation cabinet

    State Rep. Jimmy Higdon has sent a letter to Joe Prather, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secretary, requesting a stoplight at the intersection of the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway and Hwy. 49.

    The Veterans Memorial Highway, also known as the Lebanon bypass, intersected Hwy. 49 near the Hampton Inn.

  • Residents urged to participate in 2010 Census

    Michelle Ellison visited the Marion County Fiscal Court Thursday to encourage county residents to participate in the 2010 Census.

    Ellison is a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, and she will be working in the central Kentucky area as part of the census. Ellison said she will be working with city and county officials and local churches and civic organizations to encourage participation.

    The census is required by the U.S. Constitution once every 10 years. The purpose of the census is to count everyone living in the United States and its territories.

  • Marion County Junior Formal is April 17

    The first-ever Marion County Junior Formal will be held Friday, April 17, at the St. Augustine Parish Hall. This fun-filled event is open to Marion County students in grades 6-8 and is a production of the Marion County Arts & Humanities Council.

    Tickets are $8 at the gate but can be purchased in advance for only $6. Five pairs of tickets will be given away in an art contest going on now through Thursday, April 9. Students can submit a piece of their original artwork in any format-painting, photography, sculpture, literature, etc. to These Precious Things before April 9.

  • County plans to pick up dead animals

    Marion County Fiscal Court intends to begin picking up dead animals, possibly as soon as next week.

    "It looks like things are coming together where maybe we can begin the service next week," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said Monday afternoon.

  • Wrecks claim two lives

    Two separate vehicle accidents last week resulted in the death of two Marion County natives.

    On Thursday, Benedict Joseph "Benny" Ballard, 72, was killed in a collision with a garbage truck in Nelson County.

    Ballard was traveling north on KY 49 near Hall-Simpson Lane at about 10:45 a.m. when his 2002 Dodge 1500 came over a hill and was unable to stop in time, rear-ending a Nelson County Waste Management Truck that was traveling slowly on the road.

  • SB-1 will change how schools are measured

    When State Rep. Jimmy Higdon recalled serving on an education task force last summer, he said he remembered lots of disagreements among the members regarding the state education accountability system. In particular, he recalled several discussions about the merits of writing portfolios.

    "I thought there was no way on God's green earth that we would reach a compromise," Higdon said.

    In the end, however, that's exactly what happened when Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 1 into law March 26.

  • School board meeting at 7 p.m. tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. tonight, April 14. Last night, the board held a special-called meeting to discuss the finalists to become the next superintendent.