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  • Bill would give independents more options

    Jodie George wants more people to have their voices heard in Kentucky's electoral process.

    "It's important that everyone is allowed to vote," she said, "and anything that increases public participation is the right thing to do."

    To that end, George spoke with State Rep. Jimmy Higdon about allowing independent voters to participate in primary elections. George said many states around Kentucky allow registered independents to vote in primaries.

  • Campbellsville man dies in two-vehicle collision

    A Campbellsville man is dead after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 68 Friday.

    According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Richard Rakes, 56, of 3285 New Lebanon Road was traveling westbound on U.S. 68, six miles east of Campbellsville, at about 10:15 p.m.

    The report states Rakes' 2005 Ford pickup collided with a 2005 Chevrolet traveling eastbound, driven by Doug Cox, 57, of Mannsville.

    Witnesses at the scene told Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Alan Newton that Rakes' vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane.

  • School officials 'cautiously optimistic'

    For months, Marion County Public School Superintendent Roger Marcum has urged the board of education to stay aware of the state budget.

    School officials have been bracing for the possibility in cuts to the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funds.

    According to Chuck Hamilton, the district's director of finance, SEEK funds make up approximately 75 percent of the Marion County schools' $18 million general fund. A cut in SEEK funds would have a big impact on the district, according to Hamilton.

  • Federal funds for the tech center?

    The Marion County Board of Education has already said the Marion County Area Technology Center will be it's next renovation project.

    A committee including business and industry representatives, city, county and school officials has been formed to work toward financing the tech center renovation. However, Marcum suggested that the tech center may be a project that could be presented for possible federal funding.

    President-Elect Barack Obama has proposed an economic stimulus package worth hundreds of millions of dollars, according to national news sources.

  • Real World Project

    Students in the civil engineering and architecture class at Marion County High School presented their designs for a new Lebanon City Hall Friday morning, in a classroom full of city officials, school administrators and the media. The students completed their projects in nine weeks, which isn't nearly enough time for a project of this magnitude, according to their instructor Greg Conley.

  • Lebanon City Council to discuss budget

    Sunday alcohol sales won't be the only thing on the agenda when the Lebanon City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22.

    City Administrator John Thomas said the tentative agenda also includes the second reading of annexation ordinances and a discussion of the 2008-09 budget.

    Mayor Gary Crenshaw said that the city budget is in good shape, although he added, "It's prudent that we look at the budget."

    While city officials know that occupational tax revenues will be down some, Crenshaw said those revenues are still "pretty strong."

  • Campbellsville man dies in two-vehicle collision

    A Campbellsville man is dead after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 68 Friday.

    According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Richard Rakes, 56, of 3285 New Lebanon Road was traveling westbound on U.S. 68, six miles east of Campbellsville, at about 10:15 p.m.

    The report states Rakes' 2005 Ford pickup collided with a 2005 Chevrolet traveling eastbound, driven by Doug Cox, 57, of Mannsville.

    Witnesses at the scene told Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Alan Newton that Rakes' vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane.

  • Wreaths Across America event to honor veterans Dec. 13

    The Kentucky Patriot Guard has volunteered to conduct the Wreaths Across America ceremony this year at the Lebanon National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 13, starting at noon. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember those who served, to honor their sacrifices, and to teach our younger generations about the high price of our freedoms.

  • Santa Claus land is Grade A Entertainment

    When it comes to ideas for alternative crops, a Kentucky farmer may have the most electrifying of all time.

    Paul and Darnell Ruley have four acres of brightly lit Christmas decorations on their 250-acre spread in Marion County.

    What started with "just a handful" of holiday displays 30 years ago has grown into a menagerie containing over a half million lights, according to the couple.

    The spectacle of lights and sounds attract thousands of visitors from as far away as Somerset, Owensboro, and Indiana.

  • Taking a detour

    Future road projects in Marion County, and throughout the rest of the state, are going to begin resembling a "Chevrolet" as opposed to the "Cadillac" variety that have been completed in the past, according to Patty Dunaway, chief district engineer for the Lincoln Trail District.

    Dunaway, who spoke at the Marion County Economic Development Office's First Friday Forum Dec. 5, said every single state road project on the books has been reviewed, and modifications are being made to help the state save millions of dollars.