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  • West Main Street home damaged by fire

     The Lebanon Fire Department was on the scene of a house fire at 330 W. Main Street for more than four hours Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

    The department was dispatched to the scene at 11 p.m. Jan. 6 and remained on the scene until 3:31 a.m. Jan. 7, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.

    The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but Mattingly said they are thinking it was an electrical fire.

  • Sulphur Lick Road home damaged in Saturday morning fire

    The American Red Cross is assisting a Raywick homeowner after a fire Saturday morning.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call at 8:29 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, reporting a fire at 1400 Sulphur Lick Road in Raywick.
    The caller, Patricia Harrell, told the dispatcher that her building was on fire in her back yard, and her house appeared to be catching fire.
    The Raywick Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. At 8:45 a.m., the house was reported to be fully engulfed. The New Hope Fire Department was called to assist at the scene.

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  • State bound

    The 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky program is set for Jan. 16-17 in Lexington, and Rachel Gootee is preparing to represent Marion County.
    "It'll be here before I know it. I guess I have to be ready," she said.
    Gootee won Marion County's Distinguished Young Woman program in August. She also won Be Your Best Self, preliminary scholarship, self-expression and talent awards.

  • Questions linger on teacher pension bonds

    By Mike Wynn
    Courier-Journal

    Confronted with alarming shortfalls, lawmakers say they want reforms in the state's retirement plan for teachers next year before they consider borrowing any more money for pensions.
    The 2015 General Assembly convenes next week amid calls for billions of dollars in bonds to help the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System grapple with its pension debt.
    The system faces $14 billion in unfunded liabilities and has only 54 percent of the money it needs to pay future benefits.

  • New judge presiding over circuit court

    Monday was Todd Spalding's first day in his new job and it comes with a new dress code and job expectations. In his case, that means wearing a black robe and making decisions that will impact people's lives.
    Spalding is the new circuit judge in the first division of Kentucky's 11th Judicial District, which includes Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties.
    Spalding, 48, has been an attorney for decades, but he said he's been thinking of becoming a judge for the past 10 to 12 years.

  • New role for experienced attorney

    Lisa Nally-Martin knows she is the first female to serve as the Marion County Attorney, but she hopes people realize she is more than that.
    "I hope that people look at me just for my ability to do the job," she said.
    Nally-Martin, 47, had no opposition when she filed to run for county attorney last year. While she is new to the position, she is familiar with the job. She has been practicing law for 21 years, and she has served as the assistant county attorney for 18 years.

  • It's a New Year, baby

    Wesson Ryder Edelen was the first baby born at Spring View Hospital in 2015. Wesson was born Jan. 2, and he weighed 7.7 pounds. He is the son of William S. and Kelsi N. Edelen of 6471 Spurlington Road in Lebanon, and his older sister is Kinley Edlen. His maternal grandparetns are Willie and LeAnn Bland, and his paternal grandparents are Steven and Kim Hayden. His great-grandparents are James Edelen and Billy Joe Kerr.
     

  • Year in review: A year of pain, change, conflict

    Looking back on the year that was, 2014 brought tragedy, change and controversy to Marion County.
    The county clerk and a local football coach were two people we lost to health issues, while crime and accidents took even more people from our community.
    Marion County jurors heard a murder trial for the first time in several years, and the school system seemed to deal with one controversy after another throughout the year.

  • Marion County Board of Education to meet Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education will have its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8 at the administration building located at 755 East Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda is as follows:

    • Board Members statutory and constitutional oaths of office

    • Nominations and approval for Board Chairman and Vice Chairman

    • Superintendent’s report