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  • School board explores options for Ray House

    Some people want to preserve the Ray House. Others want to burn it to the ground.
    Eric Whisman gave a presentation to the school board on behalf of the Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation during the July 14 school board meeting. He spoke about the Ray House located on Main Street next to Lebanon Elementary School. The building is owned by the school system, but is not up to code for use by the schools.
    “I think you have a great asset there that really needs to be fleshed out a little bit more,” Whisman said.

  • Washington County man indicted for two counts of murder

    The man arrested in connection with the disappearance and murders of a Florence, Kentucky, couple has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury.
    Craig Pennington, 52, of 1217 Texas Road in Springfield, has been indicted on 11 counts in relation to the deaths of Robert “Bobby” Jones, 38, and Crystal Warner, 35, who were last seen on July 3 at Pennington’s residence.

  • Malawi mission: 99-year-old woman to make dresses for African children

    Preston Price unfolded the pink material on a table in front of his 99-year-old mother, Mary. She smiled widely at it, rubbing the soft material between her fingers.
    “This is so beautiful,” she said.
    The material will soon be a dress. Mary knew she would never meet the African girl who would wear it, but that didn’t stifle her joy. She was just happy to get back to work, particularly if it meant helping somebody.
    “I wanted to give her a therapy with something she used to do,” Price said. “She loves the idea.”

  • Long-time Legion commander passes torch

    Jim Bob Moore has been commander of the American Legion Post 49 so long he can’t remember how many years it’s been. Some say 30 years. Others say 40.
    “Back years ago, you didn’t put records down,” Moore said. “I imagine I’ve been commander for about 30 years.”
    In any case, it is clear to many of those he led that he was a good commander. Many see him as the one who kept the Legion together here in Lebanon. But at the age of 90, Moore feels it is time to step down and pass the torch onto someone else.

  • Finding a home

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    The Marion County Animal Shelter has been saving dogs and cats for years, working tirelessly to get animals to rescue groups and into permanent homes.
    The shelter has a high adoption rate, Marion County Animal Control Officer Kay Turpin said. Last year, they placed 447 dogs with rescue groups in the U.S and Canada and adopted 114 dogs into local homes.

  • Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donations

    The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.

  • Lincoln birthplace to celebrate 100 years
  • 12th annual Jets Over Kentucky underway

    The 12th annual Jets Over Kentucky is officially underway at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.
    The "world’s grandest jet event" will draw more than 200 pilots from all over the world, including China and Iceland.
    Spectators are welcome to come out and watch throughout the week, but the real action begins on Friday evening, July 15, with the Parade of Lights, which will begin at dark. All planes turn on their lights and taxi in formation down the tarmac. There will be a fireworks display that night, too.

  • Wear purple for Kara

    Sunday will mark six years since anyone has seen Kara Tingle.
    The Lebanon woman was last seen July 17, 2010, on Beechfork Loop Road in Gravel Switch. Kara was 27 years old at the time, and she had been driving a family member's car that was found two days later on the Bluegrass Parkway.
    Kara's family is hoping that people will wear purple — Kara’s favorite color — on Sunday to mark the anniversary and to show their support.
    Kara has two children, a son Austin Tingle, now 13, and a daughter, Nora Rigdon, 7.

  • Crossroads Project shows slow progress

    Traveling the Lebanon bypass, one will find Limestone Distillery, Hampton Inn and a 105,000 square foot empty spec building. Surrounding those structures are fields of grass and some trees. The land is meant for the Crossroads Project, an initiative to bring in retail and development. 
    Despite years of efforts, Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund has had little success in bringing development to the Crossroads area along the bypass.