Gerald Harris, 67, of New Hope died Wednesday afternoon of an apparent heart attack, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Harris was involved in a single-vehicle collision at 2:49 p.m. Oct. 15 on Salt Lick Road, approximately six miles south of Raywick, the sheriff's office reported. The caller who reported the accident indicated that Harris might have had some type of medical emergency that resulted in his 1988 Oldmobile leaving the roadway and striking a small tree, according to the sheriff's office.
Kentucky has prohibited campaigning near polling places on primary and general election days for several years, but that ban was struck down Tuesday in a ruling by Judge William O. Bertlesman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Bertlesman ruled that the law was unconstitutional and issued an injunction barring the state from enforcing the law. While noting a Supreme Court decision that upheld a 100-foot ban as acceptable to prevent things like voter intimidation, he concluded that the 300-feet ban was too much.
The District Two seat on the Marion County Board of Education has been vacant since then-chairman Michael Mullins resigned in May. Two candidates are vying to fill that seat in the Nov. 4 election, teacher Angela Carter and attorney Kaelin Reed.
Both candidates agree that the school board needs to rebuild its relationship with the public, and both believe they have the background to help.
According to Carter, people go see a cardiologist if they have a heart problem. Likewise, she thinks an educator could help with education problems.
Butch Cecil was appointed last year to fill the remainder of Ed Hacker’s term as the District Three representative on the Marion County Board of Education.
Cecil would like to remain in that seat, but he is facing a challenge from Dennis Hagan, who has been a critic of recent actions within the school system.
Cecil has served on the school board for 10 months because he wants to be involved with improving the district.
“I want to focus on continuing those improvements and hopefully to bring some stability to this board,” he said.
While Marion County students enjoyed a break from classes last week, many of them found another way to continue their education. Several students in Project Lead the Way participated in co-ops at local businesses and industries.
At Angell Demmel, junior Chris Piekarski and senior Brandon O’Daniel were assigned with coming up with a way to ship parts for a Lexus vehicle overseas without damaging them. They also got to try their hand at designing a crate in AutoCAD (a computer-aided design and drafting program).
Robin Humphress has been organizing and hosting stage performances in Lebanon for a couple years. She would like to make the arts a more permanent part of the community, and Monday, she turned to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission for help.
While the commission expressed appreciation for what Humphress has done and what she wants to do, it stopped short of making a firm financial commitment at its Oct. 13 meeting.
Humphress opened her presentation by saying she has been to the commission before seeking sponsorships for specific events.
The Marion County Public Library is hosting a meet and greet for candidates at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Candidates for any office on the ballot are invited to attend. Candidates will have five minutes apiece to field non-partisan questions from the public, followed by an opportunity for candidates and visitors to mingle over light refreshments.
Candidates can RSVP by calling Library Director Amy Morgeson at 270-692-4698 Ext. 225.
A mobile home at 103 St. Ann Street was destroyed by a fire Sunday evening.
The fire was reported at 10:02 p.m. Oct. 12, according to the Lebanon Police Dispatch. No injuries were reported, but the home was considered a total loss.
The Lebanon Fire Department, Lebanon Police Department and Marion County EMS responded to the scene.