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Today's News

  • Good work, citizens

    In the aftermath of the 2009 ice storm, many citizens have taken it upon themselves to clean up their yards and haul the debris to staging areas, where it will be processed and hauled away.

    Beyond that, many citizens have even helped family, friends and neighbors to clean up their yards.

    In every community and every corner of the county, citizens can be proud of the work they have done.

  • Counting calories in the drive-thru lane

    Continuing down the road of bills being proposed in this session of the Kentucky legislature, we find ourselves staring, or rather, glaring at a bill from Sen. Denise Harper Angel, (D-Louisville). Harper Angel's bill would require fast food restaurants to post calorie counts on drive thru menu boards.

    It also applies to burgers and fries as well as menu items at any restaurant chain with 10 or more locations in the state.

    It has been estimated that drive through windows account for 60 to 80 percent of a fast food restaurant's sales.

  • District tournament play begins

    The Knights and Lady Knights begin the real season this week as tournament play tips off in Adair County.

    The Knights (8-21) face off with top seed Adair County (22-6). Adair owned the season series winning both games (58-41, 57-39).

    Adair went undefeated in regular season district play, going 6-0. They are 20-3 in district play since 2006-07 season.

  • Q & A on county debris removal plan

    The Marion County Fiscal Court met at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, to decide on a plan for debris removal following the recent ice storm.

    All county residents are reminded that staging areas are available if they want to remove the debris from their property themselves. The current staging area is located at the corner of Taylor and Mercer avenues in Lebanon.

    More staging areas will be opening in the coming weeks in other parts of the county.

  • Grape salad tastes like a dessert

    One of my grandma Ruth Spicer's card-playing friends used to make this Grape Salad and serve it on lettuce leaves.

    I was very fond of it as a child and still am. It's one of those salads that tastes almost like a dessert.

    This coleslaw recipe is one that was given to me and I tried it out on some friends and my dad. He was quite fond of it. I think he liked all coleslaw recipes.

    He even put coleslaw on his sandwiches!

    Grace's Grape Salad

    2 lb. seedless grapes, whole or halved

    1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

  • Investigation continues in officer's death

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

    As of Monday, there was no new information to report on the case.

    "We are continuing to investigate every lead and using every resource available to us to bring this to some resolution," said Billy Gregory, public affairs officer for the Columbia Kentucky State Police Post.

  • City, county opt-out of state debris clean-up

    The state recently announced its bid-letting on state clean-up for ice storm debris, but local officials have said that, at least for now, they will opt out of participating in state contracts. Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw and Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly both indicated the cost of participating in the state contract could be too high. The state has proposed to pay the up-front costs of the clean-up by using money generated by the state fuel tax.

    "That's used to repave streets and fix potholes," Crenshaw said.

  • Start seeds at home

    Now is the time to start seedlings such as broccoli and cabbage to be planted in the vegetable garden in late March.

    There are several techniques and rules that should be followed when starting seedlings so we will discuss a few of them now as a reminder.  One rule of thumb to keep in mind when starting seedlings is that generally it takes six weeks for a seed to grow into a transplant ready for the garden.

    Ten things to keep in mind when starting seedlings is as follows:

  • Firefighters respond to Tatum Lane fire

    Two Tatum Lane cats each used one of their nine lives when they escaped from their burning home Thursday morning.

    At approximately 8 a.m., the Gravel Switch Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 1775 Tatum Lane. The homeowner, Glynda Tatum, was outside of the house when a neighbor, who was taking his son to school, came across the scene. The neighbor, Ian Justice, said he used a garden hose before firefighters arrived.

  • Junior is Pet of the Week

    Junior is a very loving large male house cat. He is already neutered and declawed and wants attention that he gives right back. He gets along great with other cats. If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there. For a complete listing of pets with pictures visit adoption@petfinder.com. The shelter reminds pet owners that all cats and dogs should have a rabies shot. To adopt an animal, potential owners must complete an adoption application. The animal shelter accepts stray or unwanted animals. The shelter is located off of KY 208 and is open from noon until 5 p.m.