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  • Marion County Fair events have begun

    The 2014 Marion County Fair resumes Saturday, June 28, and continues through Saturday, July 5, at the Marion County Fairgrounds.
    The open dairy show kicked off this year’s events on June 21. The next fair events are scheduled for June 28. The carnival will open at 5 p.m. every night from June 30 through July 5.
    Here’s a schedule of this year’s events:

    Saturday, June 28
    10 a.m. - Open beef show
    Noon - Mule, horse and pony pull
    2-6 p.m. – Marion County AG Day

  • County jail saved state more than $663,000

    The Marion County Detention Center saved the state nearly $663,000 during the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to a report Marion County Jailer Barry Brady presented at the June 19 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    Brady noted that the state inmate population reached a low of 6,716 inmates in July of 2013. Since then, the inmate population has climbed to 8,741 prisoners as of June 15.

  • City approves $6.7 million budget

    The Lebanon City Council held two special-called meetings last week to approve the first and second readings of the 2014-15 budget.
    The meetings were held June 16 and June 19, and the budget was approved without opposition. The council also approved the first and second readings of the revised 2013-14 budget at those meetings.
    The 2014-15 budget includes $6.676 million in the general fund, which is up  from the $6.658 million in the 2013-14 budget.
    The 2014-15 sewer fund is set at $2.181 million, which is down from $2.189 in the 2013-14 budget.

  • Marion County Fair Dairy Show

    On June 21, the annual Dairy Show was held at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Through thick humidity, children and adults filtered in and out of the showing area with pride to show off their dairy cows for prizes. The next fair events are scheduled for June 28. The carnival will open at 5 p.m. every night from June 30 through July 5.

  • Sounding the trumpets

    The man considered by many to be the finest baroque trumpeter in the world performed to a small but appreciative audience Saturday evening in Lebanon.
    Friedemann Immer of Germany joined Kentucky Baroque Trumpets for the second time June 21 for a concert at St. Augustine Church before an audience of around 50 people.
    “Friedemann, he’s just unbelievable. He makes us all better just playing with him,” said Don Johnson, the director and founder of Kentucky Baroque Trumpets.

  • Budget shortfall raises spending cut fears in Kentucky

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

  • Curbing carbon could help improve air quality

    By James Bruggers
    The Courier-Journal

    The Matel family moved from Toronto to Louisville three years ago, arriving during a smoggy August summer.
    At the time, Sandy Metel said, her son Aydin, now 15, had mild asthma. "But within the first year, he was hospitalized five times ... with asthma related issues," she said.
    Welcome to the Louisville area, she said her doctors told them.

  • Gun laws loosen, concealed-carry permits spike

    By Scott Wartman
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Over the past 10 years, Kentucky has made it easier to carry guns – and statistics show more Kentuckians are carrying concealed firearms than ever before.
    Judging by one of the first few bills filed early for the 2015 session, it doesn’t look like the General Assembly will change direction on guns anytime soon.

  • Federal program will allow Kentucky schools to provide more students with free meals

    By Valarie Honeycutt Spears
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    This fall, all students could receive free meals at some schools in an estimated 100 Kentucky districts, including Fayette, as part of a federal program that has expanded.
    The Community Eligibility Provision, a federal program that started in 2010 as a pilot in Kentucky and other states, will allow schools to provide more students with free meals, no matter their families' incomes.

  • New details released in Raywick murder investigation

    David Litsey Jr. was 22 years old when he died Nov. 9, 2012. He would have turned 24 last week.
    The trial for the man accused of killing him is scheduled for July 14, although the trial has been rescheduled multiple times already.
    Christopher Gribbins, 47, of 821 Dangerfield Road in Hodgenville remains in custody at the Marion County Detention Center, while his trial is pending. Gribbins is the owner of the Raywick Bar and Grill, where Litsey was shot. Litsey later died at Spring View Hospital.