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  • How-to festival is Saturday at the library

    The Marion County Public Library is hosting its first How-To Fest from 10 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
    The festival is free for anyone who would like to attend. Participants will have a chance to learn about a variety of topics such as creating art, working on legal papers, preparing for a disaster, getting healthier and using an iPad more effectively.
    The schedule for Saturday’s event is as follows:

    10-10:20 a.m.

  • Beshear signs bill revamping state's juvenile justice system

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday joined state and local leaders to ceremonially sign legislation that revamps Kentucky’s juvenile justice system by steering more young offenders into community-based treatment instead of locking them up in detention centers.

  • School board keeps tax rate unchanged

    The Marion County Board of Education has decided to keeps its property tax rates unchanged for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
    The tax rate last year was 53.8 cents per $100 valuation on real and personal property. That will remain the rate for 2014-15.
    The board made its 3-0 decision during an Aug. 28 meeting, which followed a public hearing about the tax rates.
     
    Public hearing
    Lisa Caldwell, the financial officer for Marion County Public Schools, opened the public hearing with a presentation.

  • Study: Lebanon needs another hotel

    A hotel consulting group has concluded that Lebanon could use at 36-room hotel in addition to the overnight lodging that already exists in the community.
    “Lebanon, Kentucky is experiencing significant growth in its employment base and tourist activity. Employers and tourism officials report frequent difficulty in obtaining rooms at the community’s one modern hotel,” Hospitality Consulting Group wrote in its report, which was completed in June.

  • School board keeps tax rate unchanged

    The Marion County Board of Education on Thursday voted 3-0 to keep its property tax rates unchanged for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    The tax rate last year was 53.8 cents per $100 valuation on real and personal property. That will remain the rate for 2014-15.

  • Loretto man identified as the victim in Washington County car fire

    The Kentucky State Police have identified the victim in an Aug. 1 car fire as Thomas Ray Pendygraft, 20, of Loretto. Pendygraft was identified through DNA testing.

    The state police were called to investigate a car fire at 7:48 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Springfield Reservoir on Booker Road. A Washington County sheriff's deputy reported that a body was inside the car.

  • Supreme Court denies rehearing of annexation case

    The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the City of Lebanon’s annexation of 415 acres of property for a second time.
    On March 20, the Supreme Court issued a 6-1 decision upholding the city’s annexation. The 2006 annexation included residential properties and multiple businesses, including Wal-mart, along Campbellsville Highway into the city limits.
    On Thursday, Aug. 21, the Supreme Court unanimously denied a petition for rehearing filed on behalf of property owners who opposed the annexation.

  • Bickett book signing has been cancelled

    UPDATE: The book signing originally scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, has been cancelled.

    According to the Marion County Public Library, the books to be used for the signing have not yet arrived. The book signing will be rescheduled at a later date.

  • Crew keeps things ‘Moo’ving at the park

     With fresh dew still on the grass, Jerry Stumph circled Gorley Field on a John Deere bunker rake Friday morning. The engine quietly purred as he made circular laps around the all-dirt infield.

    "It's kind of enjoyable to be honest with you," Stumph said.

  • Dippity-do

    Visitors from all over the United States and across the globe come to Loretto to visit Maker’s Mark distillery. For many of them, one of the highlights of the trip is getting to watch bottles being dipped into the bourbon’s signature red wax — live and in person.
    “It’s kind of fun because you can tell they enjoy watching you do your job,” said Jenny Spannknebel, one of the bottling line workers at Maker’s Mark.