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Today's News

  • School board approves preschool for all who registered

    Every student who was registered for Marion County Public Schools’ preschool in 2015-16 has been approved for the program.
    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously approved all 129 students for preschool during its April 30 meeting.
    Exceptional Child Education and Preschool Director Traci Sharpe and Central Finance Officer Lisa Caldwell spoke about the options available regarding preschool with the board during last week’s meeting.

  • Speaking the same language

    School can present unique challenges for students who speak or are learning English as a second language. Jesus Berlanga, a 2012 Marion County High School graduate, has first-hand knowledge of what students are going through.
    Berlanga’s family moved to Lebanon in 2011. His second day here was also his first day at the high school. He had taken some English classes in Mexico, but he said it wasn’t the same as being surrounded by native English speakers.

  • Lebanon man found guilty of cocaine trafficking

    Brandon T. Smith, 28, of Howard Avenue in Lebanon was tried in Marion Circuit Court last week for trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree (four or more grams of cocaine in a 90-day period).
    Smith was found guilty after a jury trial on April 27-28. Marion Circuit Judge Todd Spalding presided over the case.
    According to the original indictment, Smith was accused of trafficking in cocaine Dec. 4, Dec. 6 and Dec. 10, 2012, Jan. 17 and Jan. 30 and Feb. 7, 2013.

  • Survivor’s lap

    Ackie George of Lebanon attended the Kentucky Oaks Friday and joined fellow breast and ovarian cancer survivors as they marched on Churchill Downs’ historic racetrack during the Survivors Parade. George was one of 141 women who received the most votes and were selected to participate in the parade.

  • Four Republicans are seeking governor’s seat

    By Franklin Clark and John Overby
    Landmark News Service

    The Republican gubernatorial race’s four candidates - Matt Bevin, James Comer, Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott – will face off on Tuesday, May 19. The winner will then take on the Democrat representative, who will either be current Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway or Geoff Young, a retired engineer and candidate for Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District last year. (See next week’s edition for a story on Conway and Young.)

    Matt Bevin

  • Wall to wall art at heritage center this week

    Walls and walls of student art will be on display this week at the Marion County Heritage Center. The art show, sponsored by the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council, will begin Wednesday, May 6, with the grand opening. It will feature art from elementary school students from all over the county.
    The arts council also has plans well under way for the Arts Camp, scheduled for July 13-17. Applications have been taken to all the schools for students to take home.

  • Black vultures pose a new problem for farmers

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    Disclaimer: The following story is graphic. We suggest you not be eating when you read this story. Proceed with caution.

    Few predators in recent years have created a stir quite like the black vulture. It is loved by biologists – and equally despised by farmers.
    You can curse it. You can bless it. What you can’t do is kill it.

  • Kentucky Writers Celebration May 22-24

    The 2015 Kentucky Writers Celebration culminates Memorial Day weekend, and will be bringing its two-night songwriter showcase to Lebanon. The 2015 Kentucky Songwriters Celebration Show will be held from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. Also, song writers, noted authors, poets, journalists and writers will be at Historic Penn's Store during the day on Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24.
     
     

     

  • Eddie Miles returns to Angelic Hall in Lebanon

    Nationally-known artist and Marion County native Eddie Miles returns to Lebanon this summer, June 26-27, with his intimate solo performance of music from some of America’s most beloved entertainers. His amazing concerts include songs from the legends of country music like Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and others. With comedy and stories interspersed in the music, the second half of the show features Miles’ uncanny tribute to the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley.

  • Campbellsville man facing murder charge after fatal wreck

    A Bardstown man died as a result of a two-vehicle collision in Springfield on Sunday, and a Campbellsville man is facing a murder charge stemming from that incident.
    According to the Kentucky State Police, Victor Mendoza, 25, of Campbellsville was driving north at 12:35 p.m. on Bloomfield Road in a 1998 Ford van. Mendoza drove through a stop sign at the intersection of KY 150 and into the path of Cliddie McKinney, 76, of Bardstown, who was driving west on KY 150 in a 2007 Chrysler van, the police reported.