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Today's News

  • Burley growers need to consider marketing plan in 2009

    The past couple of years have been tough on both tobacco farmers and companies alike as decreased cigarette consumption and poor growing conditions have hampered the stability of tobacco on the farm and in the marketplace.

    Although we're just getting into the 2009 crop year we've already encountered some obstacles that have been hard to stomach as many burley farmers received production/contract cuts in March.

  • Celtics earn trip down south

    The Marion County Lady Celtics have taken the state by storm.   If you don't know who they are, you soon will.

    They are the Marion County girls nine and under AAU basketball team that now boasts a state championship to go with their 21-1 record. The Lady Celtics have been invited to compete for the national championship in Monroe, La., from June 26 through July 1. 

    Donna Bradshaw and Jimmy Wiser were the forces behind getting the team together and Todd Mattingly was selected as the head coach in March.

  • Lebanon man faces federal drug charge

    Kenneth Wesley Hillman, 47, of Lebanon was indicted in federal district court for growing more than 100 marijuana plants on his property, according to acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky (in Louisville).

    If convicted, Hillman could be facing up to 40 years in prison, up to $2 million in fines and four years of supervised release. The minimum penalty for a conviction is five years in prison.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. is prosecuting the case. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency investigated the case.

  • Smith named next superintendent

    In a unanimous decision, the Marion County Board of Education voted to name Donald W. Smith the next superintendent of schools.

    The board's vote authorized Chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew to execute a contract for Smith. He will begin a four-year term July 1, and he will begin his Marion County career with a salary of $105,000 per year.

  • Bull by the horns

    After nearly a month and a half without any kind of dead animal removal, the Marion County Fiscal Court has put all the pieces in place for the county to begin providing the service on its own.

    This is a good thing for farmers and for the rest of the county.

  • 'A hometown kind of guy'

    After working next to Clellen Hayes for three and a half years, Gina Kirkland said he is different than any other ministers she's ever met.

    "I never knew a preacher could be so much fun," Kirkland said. "He was always ready for a laugh."

    Hayes is continuing his work as the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Lebanon, but he retired as the Gravel Switch postmaster March 31. 

    Kirkland worked next to Hayes when she was an employee at the now-closed Gravel Switch branch of People's Bank. The bank shared a building with the post office.

  • Lancers open with a win

    The Cincinatti Stallions started hot but cooled off enough in the second half to allow the Lebanon Lancers their first win on opening night in franchise history.

    "We've got a long way to go but we'll get it done," Head Coach Mark Bell said. "We've got to give them (Stallions) credit, they came to play."

  • County starts dead animal removal

    A truck has been purchased and approved for use, and earlier this week, the Marion County Fiscal Court started its dead animal recovery service.

    Any producer requesting the service should call between 7 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. The phone number will have an answering machine. The number for the service is (270) 699-3277, or 699-DARS (for Dead Animal Removal Service).

    All producers should remember that there is a $20 fee for each site visit to remove animals.

  • French fried onions should top every casserole

    Is there any kind of casserole that is not improved by topping with canned French fried onions? I don't think so. The Green Bean Casserole that everyone has made forever is the first recipe that I used them in. It's on the side of the can of onions (and beans, too) and everyone I know likes it. The only problem I've ever had with this casserole is the temptation to eat the onions that go on top of the casserole while you're waiting for it to bake. (It's always good to have an extra can of onions just in case.)

  • Lebanon man indicted for manufacturing and possessing marijuana

    A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment last week charging Kenneth Wesley Hillman, 47, of Lebanon with growing more than 100 marijuana plants on his property.

    In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are 40 years incarceration and up to $2 million in fines or both, and four years of supervised release. The charges carry a minimum term of imprisonment of five years.

    Assistant United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., is prosecuting the case and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.