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  • Board approves salary increases to make district more competitive

    The Marion County Board of Education formed a special committee earlier this year specifically to evaluate its employee’s wages and compare them to surrounding school districts in an effort to make the district more competitive. The board’s goal is to not only attract and recruit outstanding educators, but also to retain the ones the district already employs.

  • The return of Sidewalk Sale Days

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Lebanon Main Street Committee, is bringing back Sidewalk Sale Days, an event presented by the chamber in the 1950s and 1960s.
    Sidewalk Sale Days will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., this Friday, May 19, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 20, in downtown Lebanon, on Main Street between Spalding Avenue and Depot Street.
    Merchants have been encouraged to display and sell goods on the sidewalk, and there will also be a carnival on Main Street, from Spalding Avenue to Farmers National Bank’s Annex.

  • New lease on life

    Donald Wiser had almost given up hope.
    After being on the transplant list for six years, and undergoing kidney dialysis for more than five years, Wiser, 54, of Lebanon thought his chances of getting a kidney were zero to none.

  • Elkhorn man killed during logging accident

    Dannie B. Mann, 66, of Elkhorn was found dead after a reported logging accident Wednesday, May 10.
    According to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, the sheriff’s office received the report of a logging accident near the Scotts Ridge Road area of Raywick Wednesday afternoon. Mann was found deceased by fellow loggers. Sheriff Clements said he apparently sustained injuries while logging and died as a result.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    Relay for Life
    Liz Lawson and Drew Underwood attended the fiscal court’s meeting to thank the court for its recent $2,500 donation to Marion County’s Relay for Life. Relay for Life will be held Saturday, June 24, at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport from noon until midnight. The fundraising event will be for both Marion and Washington counties.
     
    Calvary Elementary Beta Club request

  • Johnny Boone back in Kentucky

    John Robert “Johnny” Boone, the accused leader of the “Cornbread Mafia,” was brought back to Kentucky and appeared in a federal courtroom last week.
    According to Chief Deputy Brian Parrish of the U.S. Marshal Service, Boone was flown without incident to Lexington on May 3 and swiftly brought to Louisville for an initial case hearing.

  • County, city water merger could be on the table

    A historical meeting took place last week that could be the start of a merger between the city and county water districts.
    Board members from the Marion County Water District and Lebanon Water Works, along with the Lebanon City Council and Marion County Fiscal Court, joined together Wednesday evening to discuss both short-term and long-term water needs for the county and city.
    One of the short-term needs, and most pressing, involves a new pump station and system upgrades in the Loretto area, which would service primarily Maker’s Mark Distillery.

  • Rigdon murder verdict affirmed

    The Kentucky Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a Marion County man in a 2012 Casey County murder, and the justices had harsh words for defense lawyers.
    The unanimous decision, rendered April 27, means William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon will continue serving the 38-year sentence handed down by a Warren County jury in late 2015 for the September 2012 murder of Gleason Pyles at Tarter pallet mill in Dunnville.

  • MCPS Summer Dream Academy and The Dream Bus bigger, better this year

    More than 1,000 students participated in the Marion County Public Schools’ Summer Dream Academy and took advantage of The Dream Bus last summer, and school officials expect even more participation this year.
    “I think we have even more to choose from this year,” said MCPS Federal Programs Director Todd Farmer.

  • Bradfordsville Jamboree is May 12

    The Bradfordsville Jamboree will be held Friday evening, May 12. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the music will begin at 7 p.m. Kentucky South Band, Phillip Clarkson and special guest Todd Nalley will perform. The meal will be chicken tenders, pinto beans and cornbread, potato salad, dessert and a drink. Concessions will also be sold, including hot dogs, chili dogs, chips, popcorn, candy, etc. All food in concessions are sold separately. The proceeds will benefit the Bradfordsville school building.