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  • Thunderstorm warning in effect until 5:35 p.m.

    A thunderstorm warning is in effect for Marion County until 5:35 p.m.

    A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for Marion County until 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.

    The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm watch for 67 Kentucky counties, including Marion County.

    A thunderstorm watch is issued when the conditions for a storm are expected. A warning is issued is a storm is present in the area.

  • Springfield man dies in motorcycle wreck

    Jason E. Payne, 39, of Springfield died Saturday as a result of a motorcycle accident.

    The accident occurred at 6:24 p.m., on KY 208 in Calvary, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Payne was traveling east on KY 208 on a 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2009 Chevy operated by Mary L. Beaven, 59, of Lebanon.

    Payne was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner. He was not wearing a helmet, according to police.

  • Fiscal court to meet July 19

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

    - Minutes of the July 5 meeting

    - Presentation on employee disability insurance coverage (AFLAC)

    - Detention center policy revisions

    - Copier purchase proposal

    - Request from Marion County Historical Society for seating removal and storage

    - Second reading of the Maker's Mark bond ordinance

  • No one injured after tractor-trailer turns over Tuesday

    A Russell Springs man is OK after the tractor-trailer he was driving turned over at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday near 1920 Liberty Road (Hwy. 49). Anthony C. Byrd, 41, was driving south July 17 in a 2000 Kenworth pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with wood when the accident happened, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements.
    The truck got off the edge of the roadway and the load shifted, causing the truck and trailer to turn over, Clements said.
    No other vehicles were involved and Byrd was not injured, Clements said. Byrd was driving for Lee Transport of Dunnville.

  • Winning by losing

    The Biggest Loser Resort is not your typical resort.

    Very little relaxing takes place there, but there's lots of exercising, learning and, surprisingly, eating - all healthy cuisine, of course.

    Lebanon native Rebecca Peers Schmidt, 35, spent a week at The Biggest Loser Resort Fitness Ridge in Malibu, Calif., in June and, while it was exhausting, she said she would go back in a heartbeat.

  • City council approves $4.5 loan consolidation for water company

    Lebanon Water Works is consolidating and refinancing loans of more than $4.5 million.

    On July 9, the Lebanon City Council unanimously authorized the Lebanon Water Company to consolidate and refinance a pair of loans. Councilwoman Denise Fogle served as mayor pro tem during the meeting as Mayor Gary Crenshaw was not present.

  • The Gingerbread Tree is closed

    The Gingerbread Tree closed July 6, but that closure is temporary, according to officials with Central Kentucky Community Action.

    Pam Smith, the director of Central Kentucky Community Action Head Start, said they hope to reopen the center within the next three weeks as the Central Kentucky Early Learning Academy. She said they are in the process of repainting the facility and hiring staff.

    "We are working very diligently," Smith said, later adding, "We're looking to open up as soon as we can."

  • Sky High

    After completing a flight Saturday afternoon, 9-year-old Josh Saddler of Troy, Ohio, pushed his plane, a Boomerang Sprint, back to a tent at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    "It was exciting," he said. "I was a little nervous."

    Saddler is already looking forward to coming back to Jets Over Kentucky, which is now the world's largest remote control jet show, as are most of the 156 pilots who attended this year's event from July 8-14 at the airport.

  • District hires new special education director

    Amber Ervin was recently hired as the new director of special education and preschool for the Marion County school district.

    Marion County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton made the official announcement at last week's school board meeting.

    "We are pleased to have found leadership from within the system to fill such an important role for our students' continued successes," Hamilton wrote on the school district's web site.

  • State champs!

    The girls 9- and 10-year-old Marion County All-Star team made history last week by becoming the first local All-Star softball team to win the state championship. A celebratory parade for the team will be held at 6 p.m., July 19. The parade will begin at Marion County High School and end at Lebanon Elementary School.

    Read more about the team’s win in this week’s sports section.