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  • AAR Precision Systems to close in June

    AAR Precision Systems will be closing June 19, and 61 employees will be losing their jobs as a result.

    "The plant closing is permanent," wrote Ami Woodworth, the director of Human Resources for AAR Corporation, in an April 19 letter to the Office of Employment Training.

    AAR Corporation is the parent company for AAR Precision Systems, which is located at 748 West Main Street in Lebanon. The letter also reads that the plant closure will take place during a 14-day period starting June 19.

  • Annexation case heading to state Supreme Court

    The City of Lebanon annexed 415 acres of land to the southwest of the city in 2006 over the objections of several property owners in the area. Six years later, the Kentucky Supreme Court will review the case.

    On April 18, the Kentucky Supreme Court approved an order granting discretionary review.

  • Raywick bar under new management

    Susie's Bottoms Up has become the Raywick Bar and Grill, and according to an ad in this week's paper, it is also under new management.

    A call to the bar was not returned before press time.

    Susie's Bottoms Up was accused of discriminating against African-American patrons on April 5. The Kentucky Human Rights Commission is investigating the incident, but no further information is available regarding that investigation at this time.

  • Book signing

    Jim Higdon III signed copies of his book, The Cornbread Mafia, April 26 at the Marion County Public Library. Higdon is pictured signing a book for Al Cross (far right), who covered Marion County for The Courier-Journal at the time the marijuana operations described in the book were taking place.

  • Huddle House looks to reopen in June

    The Lebanon Huddle House might be reopened next month.

    Jamie Hicks, who owns the local franchise, said if everything goes according to plan, he hopes to open in early June.

    "We're changing the look," Hicks said. "We're just remodeling it a little bit."

    The restaurant is located at 613 W. Main Street in Lebanon. In addition to the new facade, he said they are putting in new tables, new light fixtures and televisions. Freddie Hilpp owns the land and the building.

  • Lebanon man accused of 10 counts of rape

    Michael Johnson Jr., 25, of 337 Martin Luther King Boulevard #2 in Lebanon was indicted for 10 counts of first-degree rape in Marion Circuit Court recently.

    According to the indictment, between Oct. 9, 2010, and Oct. 9, 2011, Johnson engaged in sexual intercourse with another person who was incapable of consent because she was less than 12 years old.

    His bond was set at $50,000 with the condition that he has no contact with the complaining witness.

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  • Larry's Law

    Wednesday, April 18, was a bittersweet day for Melissa Lee Knight and her family.

    It was the day Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 115 "Larry's Law" in honor of Knight's brother, Larry, 32, who walked away from a personal care home in August of 2011. He was found dead four weeks later on the banks of the Licking River not far from Falmouth Nursing Home in Pendleton County.

  • Call to Jubilee

    Sr. Agnes Ann Schum took a break on a bench as she was walking up the hill back to the Loretto Motherhouse. She and hundreds of other members of the Loretto Community had just gathered for a group photo to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the community.

    "It takes my breath away," said Schum, 77, her eyes watering a bit. "It's just an awesome, exciting spirit open to what the faith is going to bring, with the spirit of history standing here at this point."

  • Marching on

    The Pigasus Parade is one of the highlights of the Marion County Country Ham Days festival each year.

    But, to Missy Farmer-Spalding, the parade means so much more.

    "I call it my parade," she said, sitting comfortably on her couch at her home on Brown Forman Road near Raywick. "I am so attached to that parade."

  • National Academy Foundation coming to MCHS

    Marion County High School students will have the opportunity to participate in the National Academy Foundation starting in the fall. On April 20, representatives from the NAF and the Kentucky Department of Education met with the local NAF advisory board members. That afternoon, MCHS learned that it had received a score of 24 out of 30. The minimum score for approval is 15.