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  • Social media post helps police identify woman suspected of gas drive offs

    By Jennifer Corbett
    Landmark News Service

    Not too long after posting a video on Facebook of a woman suspected of several gas drive-offs, Bardstown Police began receiving tips from the public identifying the suspect.
    “Within an hour, we were receiving info on who she was,” said Police Chief Rick McCubbin. “It didn’t take long at all.”
    As of Friday afternoon, police have not publicly identified the woman because formal misdemeanor theft charges have not yet been filed against her.

  • School board to consider raising tax rate

    The Marion County Board of Education will be setting its property tax rates for 2014 later this month.
    Last year, the school board set its tax rate at 53.8 cents per $100 of real and personal property.
    The board has scheduled a public hearing to consider increasing that rate to 55.7 cents per $100 of real and personal property for this year. That hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at the board office.
    Lisa Caldwell, chief financial officer for Marion County Public Schools, presented a report on tax rate options during the board's Aug. 12 meeting.

  • Local officials want to clean up graffiti at lookout

    Marion County hired a company to clean up Scott’s Ridge in 2006, and they did a ton of work.
    Actually, it was close to two tons.
    “We took three and a half million pounds of waste out of there when we cleaned it up,” said Keith Brock, the Marion County solid waste coordinator.
    To prevent future dumping, the fiscal court approved constructing a fenced-in lookout, and it has successfully prevented people from dumping more trash over the edge.
    But another problem has developed — graffiti.

  • Freefalling

    Flying 9,500 feet above Washington County, a Cessna 182, a single engine plane, roars at around 75 mph. With four others, you sit on the floor crammed in like sweaty human sardines. The only person who has a chair is the pilot.
    Suddenly, the door opens letting the wind blast in and the temperature drops to goose bump levels.
    Hooked up to an instructor you met only hours ago, you put one leg out, and then the other. With adrenaline racing, he rocks you back-and-forth. This is really happening, there’s no turning back, and you have no control.

  • 2015 Turtleman Trek 5K plans have started

    The Marion County Baseball Boosters held the first Turtleman Trek 5K this past spring, and they are planning the second race for March 14, 2015.
    Race coordinator Sam Bach visited the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission during its special-called Aug. 13 meeting to request funding to assist with next year's race.
    "We'll do the same route. We'll handle that the exact same way," Bach said.

  • Parking lots are being resealed at Graham Memorial Park Aug. 14-17

    The following announcement was provided by Lebanon Parks Director Matthew Mattingly regaring parking at Graham Memorial Park Aug. 14-17:

    Anyone coming to the park from Aug. 14-17 will need to park in the parking lot at the bottom front of the park. The parking lot is where Field A3 is located. The park is having its parking lots resealed and lined.

    Please do not move cones, barricades, or caution tape. Please do not go around them.

    The basketball court is going to be resealed at this time, so it will be closed until it is completed.

  • Red Cross blood drive underway until 8 p.m. Aug. 13

    The American Red Cross is reporting it has an urgent need for blood donations.

    A blood drive is taking place until 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at St. Augustine Church in Lebanon.

    More blood drives are scheduled this month:

    • Aug. 17 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 306 Fredericktown Road in Springfield

    • Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Charles Church, 675 Hwy. 327 in Lebanon

    • Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Dominic School, 309 W. Main Street in Springfield

  • ‘God's got it’

    Aaron Glasscock has served more than 15 years in prison for a crime he said he didn’t commit. He has 11 more years to go, but that could change soon.
    A new federal law took effect earlier this year that could result in Glasscock being released from prison sooner than expected.
    In April, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a new clemency initiative for inmates who met six criteria:
    - They are serving a federal sentence and would likely be serving a shorter sentence if convicted of the same offense today.

  • Knight Time 5K is Saturday

    The Marion County Marching Knights are hosting the Knight Time 5K at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Marion County High School.
    This will be a glow run/walk that will be held on the high school campus. This is not a race, and it will not be timed, but every member of the family is welcome to participate. Cost is $20.
    Packet pick-up for this event will take place from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Marion County High School or starting at 7:30 p.m. the day of the race.
     

  • Council takes on nuisances, panhandling

    Public nuisances and panhandling were two of the main topics discussed at the Lebanon City Council meeting Monday evening.
    The council approved the first reading of an amendment to its property maintenance code to expand the list of conditions deemed to be public nuisances. The council also approved the first reading of an ordinance restricting panhandling.