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Today's News

  • New superintendent's first day is Wednesday, July 1

    Donald Smith's first official day as Marion County superintendent is Wednesday, July 1.

    While the first day of any job is critical, Smith said he feels confident and prepared because he has been working in the district since he was hired in late April.

    "The transition plan that Mr. Marcum put together was outstanding. I can't say enough about that," Smith said last week while he and his family set up his new office at the Marion County Board of Education.

  • Bedford man charged with one count of second-degree sodomy

    Charles Nunley II, 40, of 80 Feista Drive in Bedford was arrested last week and charged with three counts of second-degree sodomy.

    According to the criminal complaint, on three occasions during January, August and November of 2006, Nunley engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with someone younger than 14 years old.

    He has pled not guilty.  

    His bond was set at $5,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

  • Fires destroy homes in Bradfordsville, Lebanon

    A home in Bradfordsville and a home in Lebanon were both destroyed by fire last week.

    On Tuesday, June 16, the Bradfordsville Fire Department responded to a house fire at 205 Salleetown Road in Bradfordsville. The home, which belonged to James Tungate, was completely destroyed before firefighters arrived on scene, according to Brafordsville Assistant Fire Chief David Rakes.

    The cause of the fire hasn't been determined but the family is requesting that an arson investigator look into the blaze.

  • Ham Days wants to hear your story

    AH! It was the summer of 1969 and life was good! It was the end of a decade and the "Dawning of the Age of Aquarius."

    Some of you were just beginning your college life. Others were waiting to find out your draft number. Lebanon and indeed Marion County was the heart of rock and roll back in the day. No fewer than a half dozen clubs that were knockin' down the hits were packing in the crowds from as far away as Louisville and Richmond.

  • Senior Citizens Center seeking funds

    Last summer, the Lebanon Senior Citizen Center needed help from the City of Lebanon and the Marion County Fiscal Court to stay open.

    The city and the county gave $11,500 apiece for the 2008-09 fiscal year. Last week, Susan Mattingly and Frankie Powell (who work for the center) appeared before the city council again seeking additional funds.

    Mayor Gary Crenshaw said the city agreed to help last year.

    "I thought that would be a one-time situation," he said, later adding, "Now, I'm concerned we are back in the same situation."

  • Film is dying, but not forgotten

    It's official. Digital wins.

    The Associated Press has reported that Kodak has announced it will discontinue making Kodachrome film.

    I don't say this with any kind of nostalgia for the days of film. There's no question that digital has helped me both take and process photos, but there is something sad about the end of production of color film.

    I realize that Kodak is not the world's only film maker, and Kodachrome isn't the only color film made by Kodak. Yet, I can't help thinking this is the beginning of the end.

  • Lady Celtics continue winning ways

    The Marion County Lady Celtics continued their winning ways recently, dismantling their competition and winning the Midwest Youth Tournament at the MidAmerica Sports Center in Louisville.

    The Midwest Youth Tournament featured six other teams from other states.

  • Difficult Times

    I was listening to the news one morning last week and one of the topics was naturally the economy. The banks, the car manufacturers, mortgage companies and then the words domestic violence came into play. Working with women that are going through domestic violence is my job and naturally when I hear those words, my ears automatically perk up.

    As most of us already know, one out of three women will experience some form of abuse in their lifetime. That is startling enough.

  • Lady Knights volleyball team competes at Asbury

    The Marion County High School Knights volleyball team competed in the Asbury Summer Slam Tournament at Asbury College recently.

    The Knights played six junior varsity and varsity matches over two days at Asbury College. There were a total of 12 teams at the tournament including Lafayette, Allen Central, Anderson County, Green County and Pulaski County. Some teams brought more than one squad.  

    "The goal of this tournament is to gain some competitive experience for any team that wants to come," Knights Head Coach David Hibbard said.

  • City pushing to clean up Woodlawn property

    The Lebanon City Council wants unsightly properties to be cleaned up within city limits, and it's starting with 408 Woodlawn Avenue.

    John Thompson, the city building inspector and zoning official, said the city will file a summons against the property owner in Marion District Court.

    The city's goals is not to bring lawsuits, however.

    "The goal is to get the property cleaned up," Thompson said.

    The council briefly discussed 408 Woodlawn Avenue during both of its special called meetings last week (June 17 and 19).