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Editorials

  • Keep Chugging Along

    Despite all the talk about enhanced 911 in Marion County, previous trips have been sidetracked repeatedly. This time, however, the effort may be picking up steam.

    In March, the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Lebanon City Council agreed to share the costs of the mapping and addressing that must be completed before E911 can be put in place.

  • 'DUMP'FOUNDED

    Some people in our community decided recently to dump their junk at the City of Lebanon's recycling center on Woodlawn Avenue.

    The city has typically left the center open during the weekends so residents could drop off their recyclables - you know, things like aluminum cans, paper and plastic.

  • You go, girl!

    Christine Mattingly, Marion County and the state of Kentucky made their mark on Mobile, Ala., last week during the Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Mattingly was humble and classy, as always, while her Marion County fan club was loud and proud during the three-day competition. A busload of Marion County faithful traveled to Mobile. In fact, the state of Kentucky bought more tickets for the competition than any other state.

  • Next Steps

    We were shocked Saturday morning when we heard that Marion County High School boys basketball coach Anthony Epps had been arrested for DUI and reckless driving.

    Just last month, Epps pled guilty to reckless driving, stemming from an incident in October, when he was initially charged with DUI.

    At first we didn't believe it. We didn't want to believe it, but it only took a few phone calls to confirm that it was true.

  • Good to Grow

    The Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ Musicfest is good for Lebanon.

    And it has the potential to become something great.

    We know there currently are a variety of side issues related to tourism, the event and the event organizer, but let’s set those aside for a moment.

    Here are some of the positives we saw:

  • Living with loss

    The trial of Adrian Benton began Monday. Benton is one of two men facing charges as a result of the death of John G. Mattingly III, a Marion County native and University of Kentucky student.

    The other defendant in the case, Raymond Wright, pled guilty while jury selection was taking place. He admitted that he pulled the trigger, and for that, he will likely receive life in prison.

  • High water mark

    "I'm still kicking ... It will get better as time goes by, but we won't ever forget it." - Hilda Perkins, flood victim

     

    Hilda Perkins' words ring true for many people throughout Marion County who were impacted by the 2010 flood, which occurred the first weekend in May of 2010.

  • Keep the ball rolling

    Marion County citizens have waited for too long for enhanced 911, and it still may be years before E911 is in place.

    But last week, we took one small step closer to the finish line.

    On April 19, county and city officials met with representatives of MapSync and the Lincoln Trail Area Development District. MapSync and LTADD have been hired by the city and the county to complete the mapping and addressing that is necessary for the county to be eligible for E911.

  • Compromise

    "A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece." - Ludwig Erhard 

     

    Monday night the Lebanon City Council and the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission made a compromise that, for now, has postponed the council's decision to eliminate the city's restaurant tax.

  • How to help

    Watching the television news, reading the newspapers and surfing the Internet, images of the disaster in Japan are everywhere.

    On March 11, Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. The magnitude-9.0 quake set off a deadly tsunami that crashed into the small island nation. Thousands of people are dead, many more are still missing or injured and almost half a million people are homeless. The country is also facing a nuclear crisis.