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  • Sunday sales second reading approved by fiscal court

    Sunday alcohol sales have been approved in Marion County.

    Aug. 20, the Marion County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 to approve the second reading of an ordinance that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday and expand sales hours throughout the week.

    Dry precincts, those that previously voted to prohibit alcohol sales, will remain dry even with the passage of the ordinance.

  • MAC inmate has been recaptured

    Inmate Thomas Manning walked away from Marion Adjustment Center Sunday. He has been recaptured in Bullitt County.

    Brad Adams of MAC said the prison was notified that Manning was recaptured by the Kentucky State Police.

    Manning, 27, was serving a 15-year sentence for first-degree burglary, third degree burglary, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and tampering with physical evidence, all out of Louisville.  His parole board date was May 7, 2010.

  • Living 'Small Town Sexy'

    Growing up in a small town, I always dreamed of eventually moving to a big city and living the big city life. I had it all planned out. I was going to graduate from college and become a reporter at a daily newspaper in a metropolitan city, namely Nashville. I remember even telling people when I would come home to visit during college that my plans were to move to Nashville and work for The Tennessean. I had no desires or intentions to move back to Marion County. I was bored with my hometown. There was "nothing" here for me to come back to, or so I thought.

  • Naval vet has a passion for models

    Bela Smith is 86 years old, a Navy veteran and a model ship builder.

    Smith moved to Lebanon about 40 years ago, which is about the same time his interest in model building set sail, so to speak.

    Now, he didn't start building models when he moved here; he's just built a lot more of them since he's been a Kentucky resident.

    Smith is a veteran of both World War II and Korea. He completed his service with the rank of shipfitter third class.

    What is a shipfitter, you ask?

  • Send in your memories

    Lebanon High School comes back to life in a different light

    Last week, the City of Lebanon and the community at-large celebrated the grand opening of the cultural and performing arts center at Centre Square.

  • Taken for a ride

    Perk (noun) - A benefit given to an employee in addition to a salary, for example, the use of a car or membership in a club.

    A "perk."

    That's how Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith initially described his use of a board-owned vehicle to make the 56-mile round trip drive from his home in Harrodsburg to Marion County and back each day for work.

    That "perk" also included filling the tank with the school district's gas at the bus garage.

  • Growing pains

    Marion County Public Schools are busting at the seams with more than 3,200 students this year, and while that is a positive sign for the district, it's making things a tad bit complicated for school administrators who are trying to find room for everyone.

    For the first time ever, Lebanon Elementary School will exceed 400 students, and as a result, Principal Donna Royse was forced to ask the Board of Education for another kindergarten teacher last week. Her request was granted and the school will now begin taking steps to create a fourth kindergarten classroom.

  • Lebanon man gets probation for sexual misconduct

    Dillis Berryman III, 31, of 419 Linda Avenue in Lebanon received two years of probation for first-degree wanton endangerment (two counts) and sexual misconduct.

    He was ordered to pay $150 court costs and $250 in fees. He was ordered to have no contact with Megan or Martha Thompson.

    The parties understand that the defendant will not have to register as a sex offender, and if registration is required, Berryman may withdraw his guilty plea to sexual misconduct.

  • Be smart, cautious

    H1N1, better known as the swine flu, is here. Here meaning North America, the United States, Kentucky. Eventually, it will get to Marion County.

    But depending on who gets infected, we may never really know.

    The bottom line for everyone is that swine flu is something to be aware of, and it's a good reminder of the common-sense precautions we can and should take to reduce the spread of disease, be it a strain of the flu or something else.