On Dec. 2, the City of Lebanon filed a petition of condemnation in Marion Circuit Court against Barry Bright of South Jordan, Utah, and his relatives.
The city is seeking to condemn the property at 304 E. Walnut Street, which is at the corner of Woodlawn and Walnut Streets. According to the petition, the property is “vacant, abandoned and neglected.”
Mike Andrews was introduced as the Lebanon Police Department’s new service officer at the Dec. 9 Lebanon City Coun-cil meeting.
Andrews replaced Ben Ford, who died on Sept. 29.
Andrews and his wife moved to Lebanon from Maryland eight years ago. He is also a member of the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard. Andrews told the council that he hopes to do well in his new job.
Aaron Caldwell’s goal of becoming a police officer came true three years ago when he joined the Lebanon Police Department. But being an officer also helped him realize he wanted to be something more.
“Once I got into law enforcement, I wanted to go into the K9 program,” he said.
In August, Caldwell found out that dream would become a reality, when the department sent him to Southern Ohio Police K-9. That’s where he met Speedo, a Belgian Malinois.
Another 5K could be held in Lebanon next spring.
The Marion County Baseball Booster Club is planning to host the Turtle Run 5K on March 1, 2014. The name of the race is intended to play up Lebanon’s connection to the Turtleman, but also the contrast between turtle and run, according to Sam Bach of the booster club.
Bach presented a request for assistance to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission during its Dec. 9 meeting. She said the booster club held a 5K before a football game in the fall, but they wanted to try a different race in the spring.
Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline may have their day in court.
On Dec. 5, a citizens group filed a complaint against Bluegrass Pipeline Company, LLC, in Franklin Circuit Court. The complaint also includes a petition for a declaration of rights as it pertains to eminent domain.
Attorney Tom FitzGerald of the Kentucky Resources Council filed the complaint on behalf of KURE, Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain, Inc.
Marion County Public Schools has a goal for 74.4 percent of high school
students, 73.2 percent of middle school students and 74.6 percent of elementary students to achieve proficiency in reading and math by 2017.
That is one of the goals of the district improvement plan presented at the Dec. 12 Marion County Board of Education meeting.
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