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  • Building future leaders

    T.J. Veatch wants to give something back to the Marion County community, and the Marion County High School senior believes he’s found a way to do that as one of the founding members of the student ambassadors program at Marion County High School.
    “Through the application process, you could tell they wanted true leaders,” Veatch said.
    His fellow senior Paris Manson agreed, adding that they want to show the community what amazing things students are doing in local schools.

  • Honoring those who served

    Marion County High School hosted its annual Veteran Day program on Nov.  11. The JROTC program ran the program, and the featured speaker was Congressman Ed Whitfield.  To the veterans in attendance, Whitfield said, “On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you for you service, for your sacrifice.” As part of the program, the students also shared the history of “The Star Spangled Banner,” which was written 200 years ago.
     

  • Funeral information for Coach Robbins

     Marion County football coach Jeff Robbins passed away Sunday afternoon, Nov. 16. Robbins had been battling multiple myeloma.

    Visitation for Coach Jeff Robbins will be from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Bosley Funeral Home in Lebanon.

    The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Lebanon United Methodist Church.

  • Carla Abbi hired as Springfield Tourism Director

    Carla Abbi, who resigned as the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission in September, was hired last week by the Springfield Tourism Commission to be its very first executive director.
    Abbi, who married Dr. Atam Abbi of Springfield, said when she resigned in September that she was stepping down from her position in Lebanon so that she could spend more time with her family.

  • Blood drive is Nov. 29 at WMES

    The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help ensure sufficient blood supplies are available for patients this holiday season. Blood donations often decline during the holidays when donors get busy with travel and family gatherings, but the need for blood remains steady. Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
    Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative.

  • Christmas in the Park is Nov. 26

    Christmas in the Park will take place at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon Wednesday, Nov. 26.
    The event will officially begin at 6:30 p.m., with free cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate. The lighting of the park will be at 7 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive on one of Lebanon's finest fire trucks at 7:15 p.m.
    The park staff invites you to come out and visit with Santa, enjoy refreshments and walk the track taking in all of the beautiful displays sponsored or donated by local merchants and individuals.

  • MCPS plans for inclement weather

    With the winter months quickly approaching Marion County Public Schools would like to communicate the following protocol regarding the cancellation of school in the event of inclement weather:  

  • Tourist commission to begin interviews for new director

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has not had an executive director since Sept. 16, when Carla Abbi (formerly Carla Wagner) resigned from that position.
    During Monday’s commission meeting, Chairman James Spragens said a subcommittee including himself, Nancy Shockency and David Winebrenner Jr. would be interviewing candidates this week.
    The final decision about the next executive director will rest with the full commission, however.

  • City’s Public Works Department named “Service Industry of the Year”

    The Marion County Economic Development Office named the City of Lebanon’s Public Works Department as this year’s “Service Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet Friday in Lebanon.
    During the award presentation, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said that most of the work that the city’s public works employees do on a daily basis is “often unseen and underappreciated.”

  • Maker’s Mark named Industry of the Year

    The Marion County Economic Development Office named Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc. the “Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet Friday in Lebanon.
    Maker’s Mark is currently underway with a two-part expansion construction project in Loretto. The distillery’s $70 million expansion will increase production capacity and add barrel rack houses, nearly doubling its capacity.