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  • Eyes on the road

    Texting and driving can be scary.   Just ask Andrea Luckett, 17.

    "I've actually been in a car with someone who was texting and driving," she said. "And it freaked me out because she was all over the place."

    When the driver crossed over into the opposing lane, Luckett said she screamed. She added that she wanted to jump out of the car.

    "I finally said, 'You got to put your phone down,'" she said.

  • State installing traffic signal at Hwy. 49, Veterans Memorial Highway intersection

    Editor's note: The following is statement was issued by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    Traffic signal installation is under way at the intersection of KY 2154 (Veterans Memorial Highway) and KY 49 (Loretto Road), in Lebanon.

    Engineers expect the sensor-controlled signal will be operational by mid-August.

    “As installation is completed, motorists will need to use caution as the community adjusts to the new signal,” Patty Dunaway, chief engineer for the Elizabethtown highway district, said.

  • MCHS principal applicants will meet the public Wednesday

    Anyone interested in meeting applicants to become the next principal of Marion County High School will have an opportunity to do so Wednesday at noon.

    The candidates who were interviewed will be introduced by a member of the high school site-based decision making council between noon at 1 p.m. July 28 at the MCHS library.

  • More candidates file for Nov. 2 election

    Incumbent Marion County Board of Education member Alex Ackermann has filed to run again for the District Three seat. She is facing a challenge from Michael Mullins, who previously held the seat, but stepped down due to work obligations.

    Brad Mattingly, who was appointed to the District Four school board seat a few months ago, has filed to run for that seat in the Nov. 2 election. Mattingly will be running against Mike Cecil, who had already filed.

    In District Five, board chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew is facing a challenge from Ed Hacker.

  • Loretto man arrested for cruelty to animals, conspiracy to promote gambling

    Thomas R. Butler of Loretto was one of nine people arrested Saturday in Edmonson County after police raided a cockfighting ring in Brownsville. He was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and conspiracy to promote gambling.

  • Wreck on US 150 kills E'town man

    A four-vehicle accident Friday morning on US 150 between Bardstown and Springfield has claimed the life of Victor Walters, 45, of Elizabethtown.

    Walters was killed when the 2001 Honda he was driving was hit by a tractor-trailer driven by Stephen Sizemore, 54, of Somerset. According to a report by Kentucky State Police, Sizemore had fallen asleep at the wheel of the 1999 Peterbilt semi truck.

  • Emergency services respond to three industries Monday

    Marion County emergency services responded to three separate incidents at local industries Monday. The emergency calls involved two injuries and a fire.

    At 7:48 a.m. July 12, Marion County EMS was dispatched to Curtis-Maruyasu America, 665 Metts Drive. According to the Lebanon Police, a person with a cut on the arm was flown to University Hospital in Louisville.

    A call to Curtis-Maruyasu was not returned, and no further information was available as of press time.

  • Miniature jets make big noise in central Kentucky

    Andy Anderson of Mobile, Ala., made his first trip to the Jets Over Kentucky model jet show last week. It wouldn't be a stretch to say he was impressed with what he saw.

    "It's awesome," Anderson said. "It's great. This is a real good event here."

    Anderson was one of the approximately 130 pilots who brought 214 model jets to the 2010 version of Jets Over Kentucky.

    "And next year, I'm predicting it's going to get even bigger," said Lewis "The General" Patton, the event organizer.

  • Board: Superintendent 'excellent' in first year

    Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith has done an excellent job during his first year as superintendent, according to four of the five members of the Marion County Board of Education. But, for one board member, the jury is still out on Smith's performance.

    Tuesday of last week, the Marion County Board of Education completed Smith's annual performance evaluation, which was conducted in open session. The three and a half hour discussion included positive feedback and praise for the rookie superintendent, specifically his success at holding all staff accountable.

  • Ban on texting while driving takes effect Thursday

    The following announcement was issued by the Governor's office regarding the ban on texting while driving, which takes effect Thursday, July 15: