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  • Youth rally at Centre Square Tuesday evening

    An inter-denominational area-wide youth rally, Alive Again, has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Centre Square.

  • Marion County has 65 percent voter turnout

    Statewide, 62.8 percent of eligible voters participated in the 2008 Presidential election. Marion County's turnout, 65 percent, was higher than the statewide turnout and two percent higher than the county's turnout in the 2004 Presidential election.

    In all, 7,943 Marion Countians cast a ballot in the 2008 General Election. That figure includes 527 absentee votes.

    In all three national races on the ballot, Marion County favored the losing candidates.

  • Voters: No to 'nickel'

    Marion County voters waited more than a year to have their say on whether the "recallable nickel" would be added to the tax rate for Marion County Public Schools.

    And last Tuesday, the voters' answer was a resounding no. Nearly six out of every 10 voters cast ballots against the "recallable nickel".

    In 16 of the 17 county precincts, a majority of voters opposed the nickel. The courthouse precinct is the only precinct where a majority of voters supported the "nickel."

  • School grieves, on alert

    More than 20 state, city and county law enforcement officers were stationed at Marion County High School Monday after alleged threats had been made against students and staff.

    According to police, after an apparent suicide of a Marion County High School student on Friday afternoon, unsubstantiated reports were received by law enforcement suggesting possible threats being made toward students and staff at the school.

    The student was identified by school officials as sophomore Cody Greenwell.

  • County officials want to help tech center expand

    The recallable nickel was defeated at the polls last week, but Marion County officials want to find another way to make improvements at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Magistrate John Arthur Elder III brought up the tech center during the Nov. 6 fiscal court meeting. He noted that the county brings in around $2 million from occupational taxes.

    "Without that funding, this county would be in dire need," Elder said.

  • Historical society looking to move into Centre Square

    The Lebanon City Council reaffirmed a commitment to the Marion County Historical Society Monday evening, voting unanimously that the historical society can use the third floor of the Centre Square Arts and Culture Center (the former Lebanon High School building).

    At the same time, the council was clear that it was not making any financial commitment at this time.

  • Road ordinance revisions in the works

    Change is coming.

    That's not an election year slogan. It's a description of the Marion County road ordinance.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of a revised ordinance during it's Oct. 16 meeting, but decided to postpone the second reading until the Nov. 20 meeting.

    Marion County Judge-Executive John G. Mattingly said the changes to the ordinance were recommended by the county planning committee.

    "Most of the changes were corrective in nature," Mattingly said.

  • School board meets tonight

     The Marion County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Board of Education building, 755 E. Main Street, Lebanon.

    According to the agenda, board members will take the oath of office, and Martha Ann Mattingly will present a regional teen leadership award. Superintendent Roger Marcum will present his report, and Diane Evans and Lynne Keen will present a follow-up to the recent board retreat.

  • Lebanon Police release statement regarding MCHS's safety

    The Lebanon Police Department released a statement Monday, shortly before noon, about the current situation at Marion County High School.

    According to police, after an apparent suicide of a Marion County High School student on Friday afternoon, unsubstantiated reports were received by law enforcement suggesting possible threats being made toward students and staff at the school.

  • Fire at Angell-Demmel is contained

     

    Employees at Angell-Demmel Manufacturing in Lebanon were evacuated from the building shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday morning when a gas oven caught fire.

     

    According to Dawna Kelch, vice president of operations at Angell, the stack unit on the gas oven that exhausts the heat was on fire.