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  • Kickin’ Cancer’s Butt

    Peggy Downs has been a bus driver (and a trainer for bus drivers), a secretary, a soccer coach, a high school referee, a social worker and a volunteer with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
    And she can add another item to that list — cancer survivor.
    Peggy, 54, was diagnosed with cancer three months ago, and she is already actively undergoing treatments.
    She’s also learned how much support she has from family and friends.
    “You think you never know how many friends you have,” Peggy said.

  • Rigdon’s murder trial moved to Bowling Green

    After being incarcerated for two-and-a-half years on a murder charge, William “Bobby” Rigdon will finally get his day in court.
    Casey Circuit Court Judge Judy D. Vance issued an order on Friday granting the change of venue “due to the ongoing and recent events of pre-trial publicity surrounding the case,” the order states.
    The trial is now slated to begin on Aug. 31 in Warren County Circuit Court, with Vance presiding in the case.

  • School board gives preliminary approval to $37.5 million budget

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously approved the tentative 2015-16 budget during its special-called May 28 meeting.
    The proposed budget includes $37.5 million in revenue and expenditures. These are slight decreases compared to the estimated $38.1 million in revenue and expenses for the 2014-15 academic year.
    "That's the first thing that's going to jump out,” Superintendent Taylor Schlosser said.

  • Summer Reading Kickoff is Saturday at the airport

    The Marion County Public Library and the Washington County Public Library will kick off their summer reading programs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.
    Children’s Librarian Patty May Brown said the theme is “Everyday heroes.” Airplanes, an Air Methods helicopter, police (K-9 unit), EMS, and sheriff’s department vehicles along with a local recycling unit and the sanitation department will be represented.

  • Complete a Summer Scorecard, win prizes, be well

    School is out. It’s officially summer. Now what?
    For starters, it’s time to get your first-ever Summer Scorecard.
    The Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition has created a new program designed to promote the wellbeing of people living and working in Marion County. The Summer Scorecard includes a variety of activities that people of all ages can complete, and in doing so, will make them eligible to win a variety of free prizes at the end of the summer.

  • Lebanon man indicted for rape in E. Chandler Street attack

    Ryan P. Furman, 33, of 445 Elm Street in Lebanon was indicted Monday, June 1, for first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and first-degree persistent felony offender in Marion Circuit Court.

    According to the indictment on or about April 17, Furman engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion. 

  • Two injured in shooting at New Hope bar

    From The Kentucky Standard
    Days after two people were injured in a shooting at the Four Corners Bar & Grill in New Hope over the weekend, law enforcement officers were still investigating the incident.
    Detective Mike Kaminski said Monday afternoon that the suspect is Ryan Allen Johnson., 32, of Loretto. Johnson was taken into custody Monday afternoon at the Marion County Detention Center, where he is listed as being held for another agency.

  • Special Lebanon City Council meeting to be held Monday

    The Lebanon City Council will have a budget work session at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at City Hall.

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw gave his annual budget address May 21.

    His proposed $9.6 million includes several major requests, including a three percent raise for all city employees and a new city hall.

  • Part of Short Line Pike will close starting June 1 for bridge replacement

    A portion of KY 1195 (Short Line Pike) will be closed June 1 for bridge replacement work. The part of the road near mile point 1 in Marion County, just north of US 68 over Cartwright's Creek, will be closed while the repairs are taking place.

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials estimate the work will be complete by Aug. 1.

  • No students on school bus involved in collision Tuesday

    A Marion County school bus was involved in a collision Tuesday afternoon, but no students were on board and no injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

    According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Lawrence M. Mattingly, 60, of Lebanon was driving the school bus west on Hwy. 426 (Miller Pike) at 4:05 p.m May 26 when it collided with a 2005 Toyota driven by Kelsey Maupin, 17, of Lebanon.