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  • Kentucky Writers Celebration May 22-24

    The 2015 Kentucky Writers Celebration culminates Memorial Day weekend, and will be bringing its two-night songwriter showcase to Lebanon. The 2015 Kentucky Songwriters Celebration Show will be held from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. Also, song writers, noted authors, poets, journalists and writers will be at Historic Penn's Store during the day on Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24.
     
     

     

  • Lebanon man found guilty of cocaine trafficking

    Brandon T. Smith, 28, of Howard Avenue in Lebanon was tried in Marion Circuit Court last week for trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree (four or more grams of cocaine in a 90-day period).
    Smith was found guilty after a jury trial on April 27-28. Marion Circuit Judge Todd Spalding presided over the case.
    According to the original indictment, Smith was accused of trafficking in cocaine Dec. 4, Dec. 6 and Dec. 10, 2012, Jan. 17 and Jan. 30 and Feb. 7, 2013.

  • Speaking the same language

    School can present unique challenges for students who speak or are learning English as a second language. Jesus Berlanga, a 2012 Marion County High School graduate, has first-hand knowledge of what students are going through.
    Berlanga’s family moved to Lebanon in 2011. His second day here was also his first day at the high school. He had taken some English classes in Mexico, but he said it wasn’t the same as being surrounded by native English speakers.

  • ‘Undefeatable’

    David Edelen was in the crowd at Bradfordsville Baptist Church on the morning of May 2, 2010.
    “You could see the water from the river was coming up over across from the church,” said Edelen, who is also the mayor of Bradfordsville. “I remember the preacher saying something about this might be a time we want to build an ark.”
    Edelen had to go to Lebanon after church. He said Bradfordsville residents know that when it rains that the water will cover Hwy. 49, so he went through Gravel Switch.

  • Netherland created lasting image of the storm

    Five years ago, as floodwaters surrounded his house in Calvary, Jimmy Netherland decided to get a fishing pole, and that became one of the lasting images of the 2010 flood.
    “I caught two bluegill,” said Netherland, now 67, although he added that neither fish had much color.
    While he was in the house, his dog, Biscuit, was caught in the shed. Thankfully, Timmy Followell swam through the water and rescued Biscuit, who is still alive and well.

  • Black vultures pose a new problem for farmers

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    Disclaimer: The following story is graphic. We suggest you not be eating when you read this story. Proceed with caution.

    Few predators in recent years have created a stir quite like the black vulture. It is loved by biologists – and equally despised by farmers.
    You can curse it. You can bless it. What you can’t do is kill it.

  • Campbellsville man facing murder charge after fatal wreck

    A Bardstown man died as a result of a two-vehicle collision in Springfield on Sunday, and a Campbellsville man is facing a murder charge stemming from that incident.
    According to the Kentucky State Police, Victor Mendoza, 25, of Campbellsville was driving north at 12:35 p.m. on Bloomfield Road in a 1998 Ford van. Mendoza drove through a stop sign at the intersection of KY 150 and into the path of Cliddie McKinney, 76, of Bardstown, who was driving west on KY 150 in a 2007 Chrysler van, the police reported.

  • Four Republicans are seeking governor’s seat

    By Franklin Clark and John Overby
    Landmark News Service

    The Republican gubernatorial race’s four candidates - Matt Bevin, James Comer, Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott – will face off on Tuesday, May 19. The winner will then take on the Democrat representative, who will either be current Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway or Geoff Young, a retired engineer and candidate for Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District last year. (See next week’s edition for a story on Conway and Young.)

    Matt Bevin

  • School board approves preschool for all who registered

    Every student who was registered for Marion County Public Schools’ preschool in 2015-16 has been approved for the program.
    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously approved all 129 students for preschool during its April 30 meeting.
    Exceptional Child Education and Preschool Director Traci Sharpe and Central Finance Officer Lisa Caldwell spoke about the options available regarding preschool with the board during last week’s meeting.

  • Sheriff's Office looking for person responsible for hitting, damaging cruiser

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office has a damaged cruiser, and they are looking for the person responsible.

    According to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, at 12:18 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, a person operating a small dark-colored car backed into and damaged a Marion County Sheriff’s Office cruiser while parked at Cedarwood Restaurant in Lebanon. That car then fled the scene traveling east on Main Street.