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  • Skill-building

    In 90-degree heat, and under the watchful eye of carpentry instructor Danny Taylor, Marion County Area Technology Center students are building another house.
    Last week, the students were putting down boards for the base of the floor, working in teams to cut pieces to the correct size, put them down and secure them together.
    “There’s no way to give this kind of experience and skill in the classroom,” Taylor said.

  • Bethlehem participates in Ice Bucket Challenge

    By Kacie Goode
    Landmark News Service

    Bethlehem High School braved the icy shock of cold water as they participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Thursday, falling in line with the charity campaign popularized on social media.
    Principal Tom Hamilton promised the event would be “monumental” prior to taking the challenge.

  • Lebanon tax hearing set for Sept. 8

    The City of Lebanon has scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 at city hall regarding its proposed 2014-15 property tax rate.
    The city is considering a rate of 20.3 cents per $100 valuation. This is an increase over the current rate of 19.8 cents per $100 valuation.
    At the higher tax rate, the city projects that it would receive $615,257 in revenue compared to $591,870 if it leaves the tax rate unchanged.
    The city’s compensating rate would be 19.6 cents per $100 valuation.
     

  • Tri-County United Way’s Spriit 5k is Sept. 20

    The Tri-County Kentucky United Way annual Spirit 5K Fun Run and Walk will be held at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Nelson County Civic Center, 321 South 3rd Street, Bardstown. The run starts at the Civic Center, goes through the Edgewood Subdivision, and ends up back at the Civic Center. This is the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Saturday.  Groups and teams are welcome. Medals will be given to top three finishers in men and women categories and a travelling trophy to the most spirited team at the event. Register on site beginning at 7:30 a.m.
     

  • Man with local ties to release movie, book

    Editor’s note: Deronte’ Smith is the son of the late Tina Smith. His father, Grant Smith, lives in Lebanon.

    A book deal. A movie. A television series. Companies to run.
    Campbellsville native Deronte' Smith is a busy man. His credits include writer, director, entrepreneur, educator, mentor and father.

  • GSP students reflect on their experience

    Five Marion County High School students participated in the Governor’s Scholars Program this summer.
    Established in 1983, the Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. The program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere. Students who are selected attend the program without charge.

  • How-to festival is Saturday at the library

    The Marion County Public Library is hosting its first How-To Fest from 10 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
    The festival is free for anyone who would like to attend. Participants will have a chance to learn about a variety of topics such as creating art, working on legal papers, preparing for a disaster, getting healthier and using an iPad more effectively.
    The schedule for Saturday’s event is as follows:

    10-10:20 a.m.

  • Beshear signs bill revamping state's juvenile justice system

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday joined state and local leaders to ceremonially sign legislation that revamps Kentucky’s juvenile justice system by steering more young offenders into community-based treatment instead of locking them up in detention centers.

  • School board keeps tax rate unchanged

    The Marion County Board of Education has decided to keeps its property tax rates unchanged for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
    The tax rate last year was 53.8 cents per $100 valuation on real and personal property. That will remain the rate for 2014-15.
    The board made its 3-0 decision during an Aug. 28 meeting, which followed a public hearing about the tax rates.
     
    Public hearing
    Lisa Caldwell, the financial officer for Marion County Public Schools, opened the public hearing with a presentation.

  • Study: Lebanon needs another hotel

    A hotel consulting group has concluded that Lebanon could use at 36-room hotel in addition to the overnight lodging that already exists in the community.
    “Lebanon, Kentucky is experiencing significant growth in its employment base and tourist activity. Employers and tourism officials report frequent difficulty in obtaining rooms at the community’s one modern hotel,” Hospitality Consulting Group wrote in its report, which was completed in June.