Local News

  • Local woman hit, killed crossing road

    A Lebanon woman was hit and killed while crossing the road to get her mail on Wednesday evening.
    The accident occurred at 6:33 p.m. on Highway 426 (Miller Pike), approximately two miles west of Lebanon.
    Melissa A. Leedom, 33, of Raywick was driving a 2006 Chrysler van east when she hit a pedestrian, Sue Wilson, 86, of 1735 Miller Pike, who was attempting to cross the road.

  • Johnny Boone pleads guilty

    John Robert “Johnny” Boone, the former leader of the Cornbread Mafia, pled guilty to a single count of a superseding information on Dec. 19.
    On Dec. 19, Boone admitted that on May 27, 2008, in Washington County, he conspired with other persons to possess more than 1,000 marijuana plants, intending to cultivate and grow the plants and distribute the marijuana when the plants were harvested. Boone also admitted to watering and fertilizing the plants, and concealing them on a farm in Washington County on Walker Lane near his residence.

  • Give blood now, help save lives by next month

    The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.
    Donations decline during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules cause regular donors to be less available to give and many blood drives may be canceled due to severe winter storms. Last year, nearly 64,000 fewer blood and platelet donations were given through the Red Cross during the seven weeks from Thanksgiving through the first week of January than the average during the rest of the year.

  • Christmas closings and track pickup

    Several offices and businesses will be closed for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.
    The Marion Circuit Clerk’s office will be closed Dec. 25-26, 12-29 and Jan. 1.
    The Marion County Clerk’s office will be closed Dec. 23, Dec. 25-26, Dec. 29-Jan. 2. On Jan. 2, the office will be closed to the public as the staff familiarizes itself with the new State KAVIS system for vehicle titling and registration.
    Lebanon City Hall will be closed Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.
    The Lebanon Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 23-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

  • Lebanon City Council briefs

    A regularly scheduled meeting of the Lebanon City Council was held at 7 p.m., Dec. 11, at Lebanon City Hall. 
    Brooks Herrick and Bryan Bell, representatives from Bluegrass Network/KY Wired, continued discussion with the council on the proposed franchise agreement. The council approved Ordinance No. 2017-11, an ordinance relating to the creation of a non-exclusive franchise to use the public rights of way of the City of Lebanon for the operation and maintenance of a telecommunications system.
    In other matters, council members:

  • ‘Our No. 1 priority is their safety’

    Violent school threats have become a nationwide epidemic, and that harsh reality hit home for Marion County Public Schools last week.
    Monday morning, Dec. 11, MCPS administrators were notified of a possible threat to Marion County Middle School. A student posted a photo on Instagram of himself holding a gun and he wrote underneath the photo, “Gonna shoot up the school.”

  • SCC property being sold to the highest bidder

    St. Catharine College is going on the auction block, though it may already have its highest bidder.
    According to documents filed in federal court last week, SCC’s receiver, L.S. Associates, LLC, was granted a request to approve sale procedures and bidding protections in connection with the sale of SCC’s remaining assets.
    L.S. Associates will be taking bids on the property, though it was already offered a sum of money by the Runchero Corporation, Inc., in Shelbyville.
    The proposed price? $4.7 million.

  • School board briefs

    The Marion County Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, Dec. 14. The following are news briefs from that meeting:

    Superintendent’s report
    • Each teacher that is participating in the Modeling with Math grant (grades fourth-eighth) received $500 worth of classroom materials/tools for their classroom.

  • Bridge to friendship

    The world has changed dramatically during the past 60 years.
    But, one thing has remained the same for eight ladies in Lebanon.
    Every two weeks, for the past six decades, they have gathered together to play Bridge.
    “We’re all still here,” Margaret “Bill” Clark said while sipping a Bloody Mary Thursday afternoon. “We’ve been doing this for a long time.”

  • December events at the autism venter