Local News

  • Little champion

    Kenneth Tucker and his son, Colby, will drive from one side of the country to the other, they don’t care. 1,600 miles round trip in a single weekend is nothing new to them, so long as they get to do what they love: Motocross. Kenneth wouldn’t do it if his 8-year-old son didn’t show an interest. However, not only does Colby enjoy the long trips with his dad, he also can’t wait to get back on the track.

  • A shot in the dark

    In The Dark was born late. She was on the small side. “But she stood right.” As Jim Avritt and trainer Jackie Gray looked at the horse, they weren’t sure she would be the right one. Then again, it’s always a gamble.
    “She was just an average-looking horse,” Avritt said. “I’m on a budget. I can’t go out and spend $50,000 or $100,000 on a top-notch horse. I’ve got to sort of find something that everyone else has overlooked.”

  • Traffic advisory at Park Heights in Lebanon

    A recent inspection of a culvert along KY 49 (South Proctor Knott Avenue) near the northern section of Park Heights revealed a concrete failure has occurred within the culvert beneath the road surface.
    According to Lebanon City Administrator John Thomas, the culvert is in danger of collapsing.
    “Our guys discovered it the other morning when they went to turn the sprinklers off,” Thomas said. “They found a hole in the pavement.”

  • Second positive Zika test returned in Hardin County

    By Emma Kennedy
    Landmark News Service

    Another case of the Zika virus in Hardin County was confirmed Thursday.
    Lincoln Trail Health Department public information officer Wendy Keown said the person recently had traveled to an area where Zika-infected mosquitoes were located.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified an area of Miami as having mosquitoes carrying the virus, but Keown did not say where the patient traveled.

  • Missing Boyle County teen found in New Mexico

    Staff Report
    The Advocate Messenger

    A missing Boyle County teen has been found in New Mexico.
    Jenna Oakley, 15, was found by members of the Tucumcari Police Department and the Quay County Sheriff’s Office at about 9 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time Saturday, according to Kentucky State Police. Oakley was found in a Motel 6 parking lot in Tucumcari, New Mexico, according to KSP.
    Oakley was “found unharmed and positively identified” and was with Kenneth R. Nigh, 20, of Arlington, Indiana, according to KSP.

  • Thinking about careers

    It isn’t always easy for students to choose their careers by the time their senior year rolls around. Some students don’t know what they are interested in before they are already working somewhere or in college. But Brandon Bardin, principal of the Marion County Area Technology Center (MATC), is trying to change that.

  • ‘Moonshiner’ unveils new whiskey

    By Ben Carlson
    Landmark News Service

    Chico was in rare form Saturday morning, Aug. 20, when he pulled into Marshalls Liquor’s parking lot in a battered Monte Carlo with “Hazzard Life” emblazoned across one front quarter panel and a make-shift air scoop riveted to the hood — a redneck-mobile if there ever was one.

  • Making his mark

    Growing up in Loretto, Johnny Young fondly remembers riding his bike to Maker’s Mark Distillery to play in the creek and catch snakes.
    “My dad used to bring us down here fishing as kids,” he said. “I’ve been around Maker’s Mark all my life.”
    Young, 61, only lives three and a half miles from the distillery today. It’s a short commute to what he describes as his dream job. A job he’s been proud to have for 37 years and counting.

  • Following in her family’s footsteps

    Bosley Funeral Home has been like a second home to Ann Carol Moraja.
    “When I was a baby, I was sitting in this corner in a playpen,” Ann Carol said, pointing to a corner in the office at Bosley Funeral Home. “When I was eight, I can remember dad taking me to Louisville with him to pick up a body. Being in and around the funeral home has always been second nature to me.”

  • Little libraries all over Lebanon

    Looking for something new to read? Now there’s an opportunity to pick up a new book just about anywhere you go in Lebanon. In an effort to promote reading and literacy, Joy Global has teamed up with Little Free Library to set up the small stands throughout the city.
    The way it works is if you see a library, take a look at the selection. If you see something you like, take it and read it. When you’re finished with the book, you can either let someone else borrow it, or return it to a Little Free Library. You can even leave other books there as well.