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  • Christmas closings and garbage pickup

    There will be sanitation service on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, but  it will be on an earlier schedule. The county asks that residents set  your garbage  out earlier than normal. There will be no garbage collection on Thursday, Christmas  Day, Dec. 25. The  Thursday route will be picked up on Friday along  with the normal Friday pick-up. The combined Thursday/Friday pick-up may also  be a little earlier than normal. The county asks residents to set out their garbage earlier than normal on Friday, Dec. 26.

  • A GIFT to the community

    Typically, Miss Lisa will read two or three stories before leading the toddlers (and the adults who accompany them) in songs and other activities during Toddler Tales at the Marion County Public Library.

    Last week's program was anything but typical, however. Toddler Tales was moved to Friday because of weather concerns, and a special visitor, Mrs. Claus, stopped by with gifts for each of the children.

    As you might expect, both of last week's stories and crafts had a seasonal tie-in as well.

  • Sunday sales approved

    Restaurants in Lebanon may be able to sell alcohol by the drink on Sundays in a matter of weeks.

    Monday evening, the Lebanon City Council voted 4-2 to approve the second reading of a Sunday sales ordinance. Council members Denise Fogle, Dennis George, Bill Pickerill and Darin Spalding voted in favor of the ordinance. Council members Elizabeth Ann Osbourne and Jim Richardson voted against it.

  • Sunday alcohol sales - community remains divided on the issue

    The Lebanon City Council took a step toward allowing Sunday alcohol sales at local restaurants Dec. 8. That night, a majority of the council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow restaurants to serve alcoholic drinks between noon and 10 p.m. on Sundays.

    The issue is far from settled in the minds of many in the community, however.

    Supporters of Sunday sales see it as a way to help local restaurants during difficult economic conditions, and possibly as a way to attract new restaurants and events to the community.

  • Lebanon City Council approves Sunday alcohol sales

    The Lebanon City Council voted 4-2 to approve the second reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow restaurants to sell alcohol by the drink on Sundays.

    Before the law takes effect, however, it must be published officially. 

    Council members Denise Fogle, Dennis George, Bill Pickerill and Darin Spalding voted in favor of the second reading, and council members Elizabeth Ann Osbourne and Jim Richardson cast the opposing votes.

    Look for more on the council's decision in the Dec. 24 print edition.

  • Sunday alcohol sales passes first reading

    Monday evening, the Lebanon City Council took the first step toward allowing Sunday alcohol sales.

    The council voted 4-2 to approve the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow restaurants to serve alcohol by the drink between noon and 10 p.m. on Sundays.

    A separate provision in the ordinance would allow alcohol sales from noon to 1 a.m. when New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday.

  • Fiscal court meeting Thursday, Dec. 18

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    According to the agenda, the court will be discussing an ordinance dealing with false alarms and unnecessary emergency runs. The court will also discuss the judicial center bid opening, estimates on street lighting on the Lebanon bypass and the revenue outlook for the remainder of the fiscal year.

  • No school in Marion County Wednesday

    Snowy, icy road conditions caused school to be cancelled Tuesday, Dec. 16, in Marion County. Schools will also be closed Wednesday, Dec. 17.

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are working to combat freezing precipitation that is making driving conditions treacherous. Several county crews have reported heavy freezing rain and sleet. 

  • 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.