Local News

  • Property owners to receive two tax bills

    Marion County property owners will be receiving two property tax bills this year.
    Yes, you read that correctly.
    Property owners will be receiving two property tax bills.
    According to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, the first bill will arrive in people’s mailboxes on or about Oct. 1. Due to the recallable nickel vote, which will be on the ballot on Nov. 8, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will have to send out a second billing.

  • New winery opens on Bourbon Trail

    If you asked where Chris Hayden and Greg Karsner get their enthusiasm, they would look at you with a wide grin, shrug and say, “We make wine for a living.”
    The two of them recently purchased a large plot of land at 25 Arthur Mattingly Road in Lebanon. It used to be home to WhiteMoon Winery, which closed its doors in December 2015. The facility will open its doors once again under new ownership. The new winery will be called Jester’s Winery by Horseshoe Bend.

  • Spring View Hospital opens Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Unit

    Construction workers had only been out of the building for a few hours before the staff at Spring View Hospital held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Unit on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
    The crowd gathered together to hear words from State Senator Jimmy Higdon, Spring View Hospital Board Chair Rodney Lanham, Spring View Hospital CEO Tim Trottier, and also the doctor in charge of the project, Peter Steiner.

  • Fire destroys Hundley Lane home

    Fire destroyed at home located at 950 Hundley Lane in Lebanon and a family is now homeless.
    The fire occurred Wednesday, Sept. 21.
    Timothy McCarty and Jennifer Hardin, along with their children, were not injured during the fire. But, according to Lebanon Firefighter Trey Abell, the house was a total loss.
    “There were flames visible from a couple of miles away,” Abell said. “It required the help of a lot of people. Three different fire departments.”
    Abell said it was difficult because there were no fire hydrants in that area.

  • New City Hall could cost $4 million

    Four bids were submitted for the construction of a new city hall in Lebanon, but none of them were within the city’s estimated price range.
    According to City Administrator John Thomas, the architects and committee had estimated the cost to be a little more than $3 million. The lowest bid, which was submitted by Isaac Tatum Construction, was $4,380,000. The other bids ranged from around $4.5 million to nearly $5 million.
    Thomas said the city hall committee will have to meet again to discuss what needs to be done next.

  • Vessel coming to Cozy Corner

    As much as Jonathan Bramel would like to stay away from the term, his band, Vessel, is definitely considered a “jam band.” That said, he would prefer the term “original psychedelic funk-grass.”
    “You kind of need to see a show to see what it really is,” Bramel said.
    Bramel and his seven-member band will be playing at the Cozy Corner in Loretto on Oct. 1. Bramel wants to bring the band’s unique flavor back home to show his friends and family.

  • Absentee voting begins Sept. 30

    The Marion County Clerk Office will have absentee voting available beginning Sept. 30, during the regular office hours of Monday through Friday 8:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
    Those voters that would be eligible for in house absentee voting include:
    • Voters who will be out of the county on Election Day.
    • Voters who are military, their dependents, or an overseas citizen.

  • Texas truck driver pronounced dead after accident

    A Texas truck driver is dead after wrecking in Holy Cross Wednesday, Sept. 21. He apparently experienced some type of medical emergency before the accident.

    At 2:53 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a tractor trailer jackknifed at the intersection of KY 527 and KY 49 in Holy Cross.

  • It’s Ham Days week, y’all!

    This week and weekend, the community, along with more than 40,000 visitors, will take part in the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival, hosted by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
    The event, which began in 1969, started with a mere six hams and a small number of volunteers. Today, Ham Days serves more than 4,000 pounds of country ham at its famous country ham breakfast and recruits more than 500 volunteers.

  • Senator: ‘I’m concerned about the safety of our residents’

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon is strongly urging community members who oppose the conversion of a natural gas pipeline that runs through Marion County into a natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline to write letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) demanding a full environmental impact study.