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Today's News

  • Dead animal removal service ending

    Friday, Feb. 27, is the final day that dead animals will be picked up in Marion County by Nation Brothers, according to a statement release by Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly.

    Mattingly wrote that he received notice yesterday from Gabe Nation that Nation Brothers would discontinue hauling and picking up animals.

    The decision by Nation Brothers was in response to new regulations by the Federal Department of Agriculture that require the removal of the brain and spinal column from bovine animals over 30 months old.

  • Women of Color's Black History Celebration this Saturday

    Saturday, Marion Countians will have an opportunity to learn about African-American history.

    Church choirs, dramatic presentations, a guest speaker and a historical display are all planned as part of the Women of Color's annual Black History Celebration. The events will be held at St. Augustine Parish Hall in Lebanon.

    "It's going to be nice," said Rose Graves, the history chairwoman for the Women of Color.

  • Take time to take care of your heart, yourself

    A killer once stalked me almost snuffing out my young life.

    The deadly force didn't lurk around corners, sneaking quick peeks or huddle outside the shrubs in front of my house - watching, waiting.

    This frightening phantom was hiding inside my chest, little by little, growing over many years.

    It was coronary heart disease.

    The dreaded slayer takes more lives than any other disease in the U.S. and it had my number.

  • Many small city residents are cleaning up on their own

    Contractors have started the work of cleaning up storm debris from the right-of-way along state roads, and county crews are working to clean up county roads in the aftermath of the recent ice storm.

    But what about residents of incorporated cities who do not live on a state or county road?

    First and foremost, all county residents are allowed to take debris to the county staging area. As of press time, staging areas were open at the corner of Taylor and Mercer avenues in Lebanon and near the Raywick Fire Department in Raywick.

  • Letters to the editor, Feb. 18

    Going beyond full measure

    On behalf of the Marion County Board of Education, I am writing to express appreciation for Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly's commitment and diligent work in clearing the county roads for safe school bus travel. We were very pleased to return to school Monday, Feb. 9, after 10 consecutive days of school cancellation. This was made possible because you placed in high priority the resumption of education of our children as soon as possible.

  • Lebanon Lancers open 2009 season at the Roby Dome April 11

    Season tickets are now on sale for Lebanon Lancers games. The Lancers, central Kentucky's semi-pro basketball team, open the 2009 season at home against the Cincinnati Stallions, the Kentucky Basketball Developmental League's newest team, April 11.

    Last season, the Lancers won the KBDL regular-season and playoff titles and the Bluegrass Conference. Lancers point guard Anthony Epps was named league MVP, Lancers Head Coach Mark Bell was Coach of the Year and Lancers Marketing Director Chris Hamilton was Executive of the Year.

  • Mr. Perry goes to Frankfort

    Ron Perry, 60, of Lebanon was kicked out of a basketball game at Marion County High School Jan. 23, 2007.

    That incident has triggered a chain of events that has continued for two years, and may end up with Perry testifying before the Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee later this week.

    On that night more than two years ago, Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Clements arrested Perry for second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal trespass.

  • Tree topping should be a crime

    There were few things that made my dad cringe more than the practice of topping trees.  He would scratch his brow and shake his head at the thought of a homeowner paying to have their trees butchered.

    It was slightly less offensive if utility companies butchered trees because it could be rationalized: downed limbs create a hazard and cause power outages, which can cause more then just unhappy customers, as we have seen over the curse of the last six months.

  • Lady Knights ride momentum into tourney

    The Marion County Lady Knights (23-6) ended a solid regular season by knocking off what Head Coach Trent Milby earlier described as a dangerous up-and-coming LaRue County team.

    The Lady Knights kept LaRue's weapons, Lyndsay and Valerie Whitlock, in check by blanking Valerie. Lyndsay led the Lady Hawks with 14 points.

    Marion County jumped out to a 16-4 lead with 2:00 left in the first quarter. They finished the quarter with a 16-6 lead.

    The second quarter was more of the same, with the Lady Knights outscoring LaRue County 19-6 to go up 35-12 at the half.

  • Investigation continues in officer’s death

    A homicide investigation is ongoing regarding the death of Lebanon Police Officer David M. Ford.

    As of Monday morning, there was no new information to report on the case, but police are following up on every lead available to them, said Billy Gregory, public affairs officer for the Columbia Kentucky State Police Post.