Today's News

  • Special contest going to the dogs

    Just Paws, Inc., is organizing a new contest that is for a good cause and could be a lot of doggone fun.

    The design contest, called Barkitecture, will invite local amateurs and professionals to create a functional outdoor doghouse. Just Paws invites individuals, groups or companies, to showcase their creative talents. The winner will receive an award. The houses will be on display at the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce's Farm, Home and Garden Show April 3. The winners will be announced Sunday April 4 on stage at the show.

  • More candidates have filed for the primary

    Democrat Terry Mills and Republican Leo Johnson will be squaring off Tuesday, Feb. 2, in a special election to decide who will serve as the 24th District state representative during the 2010 General Assembly.

    But there will be at least one more candidate in the mix when the May 18 primary election is held. Bill Pickerill has filed to run in the Republican primary.

  • County, city may hire lobbyist in Frankfort

    During the Jan. 21 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting, Tom Lund, the executive director of the Marion County Industrial Foundation, asked the county to consider an agreement to hire a lobbyist in Frankfort.

    The proposal calls for the county and the City of Lebanon to share the cost of hiring Karen Thomas-Lentz, who is registered as a legislative agent (a.k.a. lobbyist) with the state. Thomas-Lentz's registration lists 43 employers, 15 of which are active at this time. She is the daughter of the late Sam B. Thomas, a former state representative from Marion County.

  • Special election is today

    The special election for the 24th District state representative is today, Feb. 2. Polls are open until 6 p.m.

    Republican Leo Johnson of Windsor and Democrat Terry Mills of Lebanon are running to fill the seat.

    If you are a registered voter, but don't know where to vote, call the county clerk's office at 692-2651.

  • We got spirit

    Marion County High School's cheerleading squad competed at the Fifth Region KAPOS region competition Sunday at Central Hardin High School.

    The squad finished third in their division.

  • Helping Haiti

    Peanut butter.

    Donating a jar of peanut butter is an easy way the people of Marion County could help the starving people in Haiti who are desperately trying to recover from a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince Tuesday of last week.

    Brother Bud Owen, pastor at Lebanon Christian Church, says this community could save thousands of lives with simple jars of peanut butter and he's leading an effort to make that happen.

  • Fish and wildlife department adds rainbow trout to Fagan Branch Reservoir

    It was a day of firsts, including ice fishing in reverse?

    "I've ice-fished taking 'em out, but I've never ice-fished putting 'em in," cracked Raymond Atchison, a veteran Department of Fish and Wildlife employee.

    Atchison and his partner, Josh Mangan, were on their maiden fish-stocking effort of 2010. It was one week ago.

  • Mail absentee ballots by Jan. 26

    The last day to mail an absentee ballot for the upcoming Feb. 2 special election is Jan. 26. All applications must be in the Marion County clerk’s office by this date. Anyone, who due to age or illness, is unable to go to the polls, may request a ballot. To request an application, call the county clerk’s office at (270) 692-2651.

    Anyone who is going to be out-of-town on this date can come into the office starting Jan. 19 to vote on the absentee machine.


  • Census hiring employees

    Uncle Sam wants you, and he's willing to pay for your help.

    Every 10 years, the government is required by the Constitution to conduct a census of the population, and the U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire an Army of temporary workers to assist with the effort.

    Marion County is one of 14 counties in the Lexington district, and the bureau is looking to hire between 1,200 and 1,500 workers this year, according to Racheal Hampton, the local Census Bureau office manager.

  • Exercise for the non-athlete

    The winter months bring fewer hours of daylight, colder temperatures and more wet weather. Couch potato syndrome is on the rise which means getting the proper amount of physical activity may require creative thinking, especially for children not involved in school sports programs.

    Children should engage in at least one hour of physical activity every day. This does not have to happen all at one time. Just 10 minutes of physical activity can result in health benefits.