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  • Downtown businesses complaining about lack of parking

     Several downtown businesses have turned to City of Lebanon officials to complain about lack of parking for customers due to other downtown employees parking in the available spaces in front of or near their businesses.

    “We have had complaints from some of the merchants,” City Administrator John Thomas said, “especially in the area around the corner where The Cute Little Shop is located, about the all-day parking of other downtown employees in customer parking spaces.”

  • Lightning strikes home in St. Joe, causes fire

    Lightning struck the home of Terry and Crystal Smith in St. Joe, Tuesday evening after storms passed through the area.

  • ‘Drugs are hiding in plain sight’

     With the start of a new school year, parents need to be aware of the reality of drugs, alcohol, and nicotine in schools, and know how to talk to their children about the dangers of substance abuse.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy, public affairs officer for Post 7 in Richmond, Kentucky, travels around to schools in Kentucky to talk about drugs and substance abuse with students, and will be coming to Marion County Public Schools this year. 

  • Judge/executive wants more oversight on magistrates’ discretionary funds

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty wants the county to have more oversight and be more transparent in its use of project and discretionary funds.

    According to Judge Daugherty, magistrates have $10,000 in project funds and $10,000 in discretionary funds to use for their districts each fiscal year. There are guidelines regarding how those funds can be used, but those guidelines need to be reviewed and a stricter policy needs to be approved regarding those funds, he said.

  • Town hall in Loretto Aug. 17

    The City of Loretto will be hosting a town hall forum at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17, to discuss a sewer rate increase.

    The town hall will be held at Loretto City Hall, which is located at 72 School House Drive in Loretto.

  • Paula Walston promoted to assistant principal at LES

     Longtime Lebanon Elementary School teacher Paula Walston has a new role this school year. She was promoted to assistant principal at LES recently. 

    Walston was hired as a teacher at LES in August of 2002. After a brief stint as principal at West Marion Elementary School in 2014, Walston returned to a teaching position at LES. 

  • Layla Spring named Ham Days Pigasus Parade grand marshal

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce recently announced American Idol contestant and Marion County native Layla Spring will be the Grand Marshal for the 2018 Marion County Country Ham Days Pigasus Parade. The 16-year-old became a nationwide sensation this year advancing through the preliminaries to the top 24 participants of American Idol on ABC. Spring will help lead the Ham Days Pigasus Parade at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29. Following the parade, she will perform on the Maker’s Mark/Independent Stave Main Stage at 3 p.m. 

  • New MCPS teachers ready to get to work

     Several new teachers are on staff this year in Marion County Public Schools, and they’re eager to introduce themselves to their students and the community. 

    Two of the newest teachers are Bethany Purdom, who will be joining the team at Glasscock Elementary, and Richard Buckler, who will be joining Marion County Knight Academy. 

  • An old school surprise

     Automobiles… They carry us where we have to go, they help us get to where we want to be, and sometimes they bring us to places we never thought we’d end up. After 36 years, an old car is doing just that… Bringing people together in entirely unexpected ways.

    Chuck Frame, of Toronto, Canada, has a passion for cars that has taken him all over, and when he heard that a friend was selling his favorite model - a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS - he jumped on it.

  • Rupa vs. City of Lebanon

     Deanna Rupa of Lebanon is fighting city government to allow murals she’s commissioned on her rental home to remain where they are, which according to zoning officials, is against city ordinances.

    Rupa’s home is located on Woodlawn Avenue, and the murals are painted by Melvin James, local legally-blind artist. The murals celebrate African American visionaries and leaders, as well as other current events, such as the current scandal surrounding Papa John’s founder and chairman, John Schnatter, over alleged racially charged comments.