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  • 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.

  • Interim principal wants to keep moving MCHS forward

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    Tom Brown retired 27 years ago but just can't seem to stay away from working in the education system.
    "I was too young to just quit," he said.
    It seems to run in his blood. He is the third generation to work in education, preceded by his father, mother, aunts and grandmother.
    A few weeks ago, Brown was appointed interim principal of Marion County High School for the 2016-17 academic year.

  • Springfield man charged with couple’s murder

    A Springfield man has been arrested and charged with murder.
    Craig A. Pennington, 52, of 1217 Texas Road in Springfield, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Friday morning around 7 a.m. and charged with one count of murder in connection with the disappearance of a Florence, Kentucky, couple who has been missing since Sunday, July 3.

  • Needle exchange program could become a reality in Marion County

    There’s no denying that the state of Kentucky has a drug problem.
    Kentucky also leads the nation in acute Hepatitis C rates.
    And, out of 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control, 50 counties in Kentucky are at risk for an HIV outbreak.
    Marion County is not at risk, yet, but we are surrounded by counties that are.