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  • Big move

    Slowly but surely, Billy Osbourne's five-year plan has come to fruition.
    When Osbourne became the president of Marion County Association for the Handicapped, he had a goal of building two new group homes and finding a location with more space to house Marion County Industries, which provides work opportunities for individuals with mental disabilities.
    A third group home is under construction, and Marion County Industries has moved into its new home — the old Ken-Mar building.
    "We had an awful lot of help," Osbourne said.

  • Preschool proposal is on the table

    Marion County Public Schools officials hope to implement a countywide preschool program, and last week, the Marion County Board of Education heard the proposed first steps in that direction.
    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser presented the recommendations of the district's preschool committee to the school board during its Dec. 9 meeting at the Marion County Area Technology Center.
    The proposal calls for a four-day per week program that would allow parents of students who don't meet need-based criteria to pay $15 per day for their children to attend preschool.

  • Toys for Kids is Dec. 22

    The Generation Gap will be hosting its annual Toys for Kids event on Dec. 22.
    The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Cardinal Den in Lebanon. Santa will be there to visit with children ages 2 to 12. Children must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, call Junior Adams at 270-692-3703.
     

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  • Sheriff's office continues to investigate armed robbery at liquor store

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that was reported at 9:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Simms 208 Liquors in Lebanon.
    The robber, who is approximately six feet tall, was covered as much as possible and wore a mask during the robbery, according to Deputy Ray Gardner.
    The Kentucky State Police and the Taylor County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation overnight, according to Gardner.

  • School board holding special-called meeting at 1 p.m.

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the board of education office to approve the second reading of revised policies regarding bidding and procurement.

  • Santa Claus is coming to Loretto

    Santa Claus will be visiting the Loretto area on Sunday, Dec. 14. He will be going from house to house on a fire truck with the Loretto Fire Department. Due to safety concerns, this year Santa will be staying within the city limits of Loretto for his house to house visits. However, for the people who live outside city limits, there will be designated locations for children to visit Santa. Depending on the number of children waiting for Santa, he may be earlier or later than the following schedule. So keep your eyes and ears open. You will hear Santa coming!
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  • Uncommon lawyer

    Joe Mattingly’s first day as the county attorney was one he’ll never forget.
    The Department of Corrections called to let him know that the state was going to close the Marion County Jail later that week.
    "The same afternoon, I get a call from a lawyer in Frankfort. They had sued the county and the county had not responded,” Mattingly said.
    The judge had scheduled a hearing just a few days later, and the caller wanted to know if Mattingly would be there to represent the county.

  • Former Raywick fire chief pleads guilty to abuse of public trust

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm pled guilty to abuse of public trust on Nov. 20 in Marion Circuit Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18.
    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick was indicted in November of 2012. He was originally charged with abuse of public trust between $10,000 and $100,000 and theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more.

  • Educating the educators

    Tammy Parman leaned over to get a closer look at a student’s essay about her grandmother.
    “You don’t have to tell me your next paragraph is going to give me examples,” Parman suggested. “You let me figure that out.”