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Today's News

  • Runners and riders take to the streets

    By Nick Schrager

    Correspondent

    A total of 124 cyclists and runners participated in the annual Family Bike and Hike 5k Run/Walk Saturday, April 20, in Lebanon. The event is hosted by the Marion County Fitness and Nutrition Coalition.

    The following are the results for the 5k results:

    Sandy Sanders: 19:34

    Austin Montgomery: 21:24

    Candice Hurst: 22:16

    Shelly Peterson: 22:55

    Ethan Spalding: 24:13:00

    Sharon Bach: 24:18:00

  • Marion County receiving $268,000 for asphalt rehab

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced more than $27 million in asphalt rehabilitation projects across the state. Marion County is one of the 45 counties approved to receive a portion of those funds.
    Marion County will received $268,882 for work on two sections of KY 49, including a 1.2-mile section from East Main Street to Mannsville Road and a 1.3-mile section from Popes Creek Bridge to Caney Creek Bridge.
    Nally and Hayden Surfacing was awarded the contract for these projects.

  • Volunteers needed for Color in Motion 5K

    The Color in Motion 5K is gearing up for a fun-filled run on May 11 at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon. Even if someone is planning to run the 5k, there are still plenty of opportunities available for them to volunteer. And volunteers are what make this run happen, so everyone is encouraged to chip in, even if it’s just for an hour or two.
    While moral support is greatly appreciated, volunteers need to be at least 16 years old to help on-site. All volunteers are required to have fun! Opportunities to help include:
    • Thursday night: packet stuffing

  • Head Start officials explain transportation changes

    Local Head Start officials addressed concerns about a new transportation policy with Marion County Fiscal Court at the court’s April 18 meeting.
    Pam Smith, the Marion County Head Start director, and Lynne Robey, the director of Central Kentucky Community Action, spoke about the new transportation policy that will take effect during the 2013-14 academic year. Community Action oversees the Head Start program.

  • Toyota to build Lexus, add jobs at Kentucky plant

    Toyota has decided to build its Lexus ES 350 at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky plant in Georgetown.
    Toyota will be investing $360 million and anticipates adding 750 employees, according to a press release from the company. The company projects that the Georgetown plant will be manufacturing 50,000 Lexus models per year with production starting in 2015.
    This decision is likely to impact several Lebanon industries that provide parts for Toyota.

  • City council approves second reading on water rate increase

    The Lebanon City Council approved the second reading of a proposed 15 percent water rate increase during a special-called meeting April 17.
    Under the proposal, in-town Lebanon Water Company customers would pay a $6.75 monthly meter charge and a volume rate of $2.50 per 100 cubic feet of water. An average in-town bill (about 4,000 gallons/535 cubic feet of water per month) would increase from $17.43 to $20.10 per month.

  • Truth and Consequences
  • Loans approved for two industries seeking to expand

    The Marion County Industrial Foundation has approved nearly $400,000 in loans to assist two local industries with expansion efforts.
    Last week, the board approved a $383,119 loan to Angell-Demmel to purchase equipment to make parts for Lincoln and BMW. Larry Tatum, the former owner of Angell-Demmel, abstained from voting on this loan.
    Angell-Demmel anticipates hiring at least 30 employees to go with the expansion, according to Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund.

  • WMES students experience the Middle East

    Each week, Debbie Burdette’s first grade class at West Marion Elementary School get an up close view of what it’s like thousands of miles away in Kuwait.
    But, more importantly, first-grader Daniel Turner gets an email from his dad.
    Daniel’s dad, Carl R. Turner Jr., has been in Kuwait since June. He provides armed personal security for top U.S. military officials and U.S. diplomats traveling through the country. Recently, Carl began sending Daniel and his class emails each week with photos he takes of people, animals and places in Kuwait.

  • Search continues for next tourism director

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has received more than 20 applications to fill its vacant executive director’s seat.
    Last week, the commission went into executive session during meetings on April 15 and April 18 to begin reviewing the applicants.
    Tourist commission chairman Brad Lanham said the search committee started conducting interviews Monday afternoon.
    “I’m not sure how many we will interview at this point,” Lanham said.