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  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet in special-called meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10. The court typically meets on the first and third Thursday of the month, but the meeting originally scheduled for April 3 was postponed until this week.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Resolution declaring April as autism awareness month

    • Request for funding for students to attend the HOSA National Leadership Conference

  • West Marion Elementary Principal taking a leave of absence

    Benji Mattingly, who has been principal at West Marion Elementary School since July of 2005, is taking an unexpected leave of absence for the remainder of the school year.
    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said Mattingly is taking “personal time” and Danny Lyvers, who was principal at WMES for 14 years before retiring in 2005, will be serving as interim principal during Mattingly’s absence.
    The Lebanon Enterprise asked Mattingly if he wanted to make a statement and he declined.

  • Autism walk is Saturday

    Families affected by autism have their own challenges, but this weekend will be an opportunity for them, their friends and the community to celebrate and educate.
    The fourth annual Working the Puzzle for Autism Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon. In the event of rain, the walk will be moved to Lebanon Elementary School.
    "So many of these kids have so much potential. It's just a matter of tapping into it," said Lisa Nally-Martin, the walk organizer.

  • Kentucky Writers Celebration is April 24

    The 2014 Kentucky Writers Celebration will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 24, at the Marion County Heritage Center in Lebanon.

  • City gets preliminary report on flooding

    For the last few months, O’Brien and Gere Engineers has been trying to determine what can be done to avert the kind of flooding that affected downtown Lebanon last year. Monday evening, Elaine Flinn of O’Brien and Gere presented a preliminary report to the Lebanon City Council. Flinn explained that they have conducted a ground survey of the Jordan Creek, reviewed downtown businesses, and partially completed an aerial survey.
    “The Jordan storm system is undersized for a large storm event,” she told the council.

  • All their eggs in one basket

    The hunt was on as children of all ages and sizes stormed Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon Saturday morning during the Easter egg hunt. Despite cooler temperatures, a large crowd gathered at the park for the annual tradition.
     

  • Beshear announces launch of Kentucky Automotive Industry Association

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT –To make Kentucky an even more prominent automotive powerhouse, Gov. Steve Beshear is bringing together Kentucky auto manufacturers, suppliers and supporting entities to create the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association.

  • State urges drivers to consider work zones ‘No Phone Zones’

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Many drivers in Kentucky will encounter at least one work zone during their daily travels. With 90 percent of adults in America owning a cell phone, it has become increasingly common to see multi-tasking drivers dialing, texting or talking on their phones while driving through work zones.

  • Health cabinet appeals ruling on child abuse records

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is appealing a recent court decision in a five-year legal battle over newspaper access to child abuse records.
    Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd found last year that the cabinet "willfully circumvented" the Open Records Act by failing to fully release files on child abuse fatalities and near deaths.

  • Blame all around in Fruit of the Loom closure

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    The Democratic frontrunner to take on U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell placed blame for the closure of Jamestown’s Fruit of the Loom factory squarely on the Republican’s shoulders Friday, citing past votes against legislation aimed to keep companies on U.S. soil.