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Today's News

  • Cornbread Craze

    A truck, loaded with books about a criminal syndicate, is stolen... it seems almost poetic, doesn't it?

    Or, a darn good publicity stunt, perhaps?

    No matter how farfetched it might sound, it's exactly what happened Saturday, April 28, at a truck yard in Elgin, Ill.

    A trailer, carrying 1,672 copies of Cornbread Mafia written by Jim Higdon III, was stolen.

  • Extension agent moving to Woodford County

    For at least a few weeks, Marion County will be down to one extension agent.

    May 1 was Elizabeth Creed's last day as the Marion County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. She has accepted the same position in Woodford County, but she said her time in Marion County has benefited her career.

    "I've learned a lot," Creed said. "Being in this type of position, you learn all you can in school and in training, but 90 percent of what you learn is on the job."

  • Beam's barrels a bonus for school system

    In a 3-1 decision, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved an agreement with Beam Global Thursday, which will grant the company 30 years of tax abatement but will also require it to invest more than $1 million in the Marion County school system.

    "We've come to a resolution that does a couple things. No. 1., it's fair to both parties," Magistrate John Arthur Elder III said. "No. 2, it gives us area for the future if those questions are raised again in regards to abatement."

  • Gentle Gentleman

    Gentle. Giving. A good steward.

    Dr. Joe Green was all of the above and more, according to those who knew him.

    "He was probably the most giving person that I've ever known," John L. Thomas said. "He was always thinking of others instead of himself."

    Green, 86, passed away Tuesday, April 24, but his legacy will live on for many years to come.

  • Pass a drug test and get a real job

    Marion County industries are looking for employees, but they're having trouble filling positions because applicants are failing drug tests, according to discussions at last week's industrial foundation board meeting.

    Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund said TG Kentucky is in the process of hiring 100 employees, but it is struggling to fill those positions. Karen King, resource specialist for the economic development office, added that they are looking for enough people who can pass a drug test.

  • Court decision could affect industrial foundation

    A recent Kentucky Supreme Court decision could have a big impact on the Marion County Industrial Foundation and similar organizations around the state.

    On April 26, the court handed down an opinion in a case involving the Floyd County property valuation administrator and the Prestonburg Industrial Corporation (PIC). The Supreme Court determined that Section 170 of the Kentucky Constitution, which exempts "institutions of purely public charity" from paying property taxes, did not apply to PIC.

  • Kentucky Commission on Human Rights files complaint against Raywick bar

    George Stinson, chair of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, has filed a discrimination complaint against Susie's Bottoms Up Bar & Grill in Raywick and its registered agent, Susan M. Riggle, also of Raywick.

    The Lebanon Enterprise filed an open records request and obtained a copy of the complaint, which was filed April 30 in Louisville.

  • Warrior Dash moves to Marion County

    By Marty Finley

    Landmark News Service

    An extreme obstacle race series that encourages participants to embrace their inner warriors will not unleash its battle cry on Hardin County this summer.

    The Warrior Dash has relocated its Kentucky race from Wild Rose Equestrian Center in the Elizabethtown area to Pope's Creek Ranch in Marion County, outside Lebanon, because alcohol is prohibited at the Hardin County site.

  • Just don't do it

    I was planning on writing about underage drinking after attending last week's town forum on the subject, but my mind is overcome with concern for a good friend, sorority sister and fellow runner who is laying in a hospital bed after being hit by a drunk driver Saturday evening.

    I can't stop thinking about her.

    You see, this friend of mine, she's one of the most amazing people I've ever met.

  • Economy is in recovery mode

    Earlier this year, as the General Assembly was putting together the budget to run state government, it was becoming increasingly clear that the state was finally beginning to see some lasting growth.

    That was further confirmed several weeks ago, when one of the state's economists said, "all signs are pointing to the likelihood that the recovery is here to stay."