Local News

  • 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.

  • Nuisance ordinance a ‘touchy’ subject for county

    It’s been more than a year since several concerned citizens attended the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting and asked the court to consider drafting a nuisance ordinance that would address property eyesores and potential health hazards throughout the county.
    Aside from a few discussions, the court has done nothing to address the issue.

  • Spring View CEO resigns from tourism commission

    The Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission has had a rocky few months with controversies surrounding open meetings laws and the proposal of hiring an executive coach. Now, it’s losing one of its commissioners.
    In a letter to Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw, Tim Trottier, CEO of Spring View Hospital, announced that he was stepping down from the tourism commission, stating that his new obligation as chair of the Ohio Valley District of the Kentucky Hospital Association wouldn’t allow him enough time to work with tourism.

  • Portion of South Proctor Knott Avenue closed

    Until further notice, South Proctor Knott Avenue will be closed from Chandler Street to Highland Drive. Park Heights will only be accessible from the Highland Drive end of Proctor Knott Avenue due to roadwork where pavement will be removed. It could be the last part of October before the road is re-opened.
    The City of Lebanon requests that during the road closure motorists observe the posted speed limit in the residential areas surrounding the construction, and be observant of children who have to travel those streets to and from school.

  • Loretto man killed during one-vehicle fatality

    Joseph A. Hutchins, 56, of Loretto was killed during a one-vehicle accident on KY 527, approximately two miles north of St. Francis Monday evening.
    At 6:02 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office received a report of a one-vehicle collision on KY 527, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements.