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  • Commission prepares to search for new director

    Monday’s meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission was a time of good-byes.
    The commission opened its meeting by recognizing Carlotta Brussell, a long-time commission, who recently completed her final term. Later, they said good-bye to Executive Director Carla Abbi, whose final day on the job will be Sept. 16.
    “We did great things and I know you all are going to do great things,” Brussell said. “I have faith in you.”

  • Special-called Lebanon City Council meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 10

    A special meeting of the Lebanon City Council will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Lebanon City Hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is as follows:

    • Council approval of the second reading of Ordinance No. 2014-10, an ordinance fixing the tax rate and levying an ad valorem tax for city purposes for the Fiscal Year of 2014-2015 and Providing How the Funds so Raised Shall be Expended

  • School board meets tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the board office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda includes the following:

    COMMUNICATIONS

    • Former board members recognition 

    • Superintendent’s report 

    • Financial report – Lisa Caldwell 

  • Tourist commission meets today

     The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet in regular session at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in Room 300 at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Recognition of former commissioner Carlotta Brussell

    • Minutes of the Aug. 13 meeting

    • Treasurer’s report

    • New business

    - Patent and trademark renewal

    - Executive director search committee

    - Executive director search ad

  • Man injured in reported stabbing Sunday

     A Marion County man is recovering from a reported Sunday morning stabbing.

  • Spalding gets 15 years for manslaughter, assault, DUI

    A Lebanon man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years for second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, DUI first offense and four counts of promoting contraband.

    Joseph M. Spalding, 29, of 516 Valley View Apartments in Lebanon pled guilty to all the counts against him, and Judge Allan Bertram handed down the sentence Sept. 4 in Marion Circuit Court.

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday, Sept. 4

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda is as follows:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Second reading of the budget amendment on receipt of Marion County Board of Education funds

    • Appointment of Marion County Public Library Board trustee

    • Memorandum of agreement with the Lincoln Trail Board of Health for emergency facility use

  • Tourism director resigns

    For the third time in four years, Lebanon will be looking for a new tourism director.
    Carla Abbi has submitted her resignation as the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission. Her last day will be Sept. 16.
    In July, Abbi married Dr. Atam Abbi of Springfield. She said will be moving to Springfield and is stepping down to spend more time with her family.
    “In order to do this job correctly, I would have to give up more of my time,” Abbi said.

  • Skill-building

    In 90-degree heat, and under the watchful eye of carpentry instructor Danny Taylor, Marion County Area Technology Center students are building another house.
    Last week, the students were putting down boards for the base of the floor, working in teams to cut pieces to the correct size, put them down and secure them together.
    “There’s no way to give this kind of experience and skill in the classroom,” Taylor said.

  • Bethlehem participates in Ice Bucket Challenge

    By Kacie Goode
    Landmark News Service

    Bethlehem High School braved the icy shock of cold water as they participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Thursday, falling in line with the charity campaign popularized on social media.
    Principal Tom Hamilton promised the event would be “monumental” prior to taking the challenge.