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  • Officer’s best friend

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has a new tool to fight the war on drugs.
    Her name is Gracie, she’s a two-year-old Labrador retriever and she’s the sheriff’s office’s first K9 drug sniffing dog. She’s been working with her handler, Sheriff’s Deputy Tristan Hayden, since October.

  • School district is using less energy, saving more money

    Marion County Public Schools has managed to reduce energy costs by approximately $600,000 within the past six years, and is one of 16 school districts out of 173 in the state that has been recognized as an Energy Star District.

  • ‘It’s been a good run’

    The Marion County Board of Education said goodbye to three of its board members at its regular meeting Thursday, Dec. 8.
    Board Chairman Mike Cecil and Board Members Jeroyd F. “Jerry” Evans and DeLane Pinkston were all defeated during the November General Election.
    In District 1, Carrie Gribbins Truitt defeated Pinkston who has served on the board since January of 1981.
    In District 4, Peggy Downs defeated Cecil, who has served since January of 2011.
    In District 5, Brad Cox defeated Evans, who has served on the board since October of 2014.

  • Gravel Switch man and woman indicted for robbery

    Andrew S. Lanham, 30, and Vikki L. Lanham, 43, of 179 Lanham Road in Gravel Switch were indicted for first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 6, the two of them committed a theft and used or threatened immediate use of physical force upon another person with intent to accomplish the theft.
    Their bonds were set at $100,000, and they were ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness.

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  • Blood drive at St. A Dec. 21

    The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.  
    Donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.
    There will be a blood drive Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Augustine.
    To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 22, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • Fiscal Court Briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 1, and magistrates:
    • Approved the reappointment of Barbara May and Jeff Preston to the Marion County Water District Board of Commissioners.
    • Approved appointing Rebecca Streeval to a full-time deputy position that was recently vacated at the Marion County Detention Center.
    • Approved Jason Garrett’s cell phone bill of $45 per month.
    • Approved a budget transfer to the Marion County Road Department ($130,000).

  • Shipp wants to take back guilty plea

    Two years after Dewayne Shipp pled guilty to the shooting and murder of Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes, he wants to withdraw his guilty plea.
    Shipp, who is currently serving a life sentence without parole at the Kentucky State Reformatory in La Grange, recently filed a hand-written motion in Marion Circuit Court. He filed his motion pursuant to RCr 11.42 on Nov. 20, stating his wishes to withdraw his guilty plea based on “ineffective counsel.”

  • Marion County native survives Thanksgiving Day shooting

    It was Thanksgiving Day and Quawn Calhoun was at Shawnee Park in Louisville at the annual “Juice Bowl.” It’s a tradition that reportedly dates back to the 1950s where friends and family gather together to play football, have cookouts and watch races.
    Calhoun was waiting for the men’s football game and decided to watch the motorcyclists race against each other. Then, the day of celebration descended into chaos.

  • St. Augustine wins classroom makeovers

    Christmas came early for St. Augustine Preschool students and staff, who received two classroom makeovers recently.
    But, Santa Claus can’t receive the credit.
    Preschool staff won the classroom makeovers at the Kids Ready Now Conference that was held in Louisville over the summer. The makeovers were courtesy of the new Kentucky All STARS program through the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Education.
    Stacey Hickey, Laura Bell and Jean Hart attended the conference, which included three days of inspirational training.

  • Rate hikes mean you’re going to be charged more

    For the last three weeks, The Lebanon Enterprise’s B section has been filled with almost nine full pages of public notices from Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric. With so much information, it can be difficult to even know what you’re looking at.Essentially, all those pages are trying to tell you is that KU and LG&E have proposed a monthly rate increase to help cover the cost of upgrades throughout the state.