Local News

  • Visitor spending contributes more than $27 million to local economy

    Lebanon and Marion County continue to give visitors more and more reasons to visit this community at the epicenter of Kentucky barrel and bourbon making. The “Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry” report has been released and, once again, Marion County’s numbers have increased over the previous year.
    In 2015, tourism expenditures in Marion County totaled more than $27 million, which reflects an increase of 8 percent above 2014 figures.

  • Plans for a multipurpose facility at fairgrounds in the works

    Marion County could have its very own convention center, of sorts, in the future.
    One of the first steps in making that a reality took place at the Marion County Fiscal Court’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 5, when magistrates voted to proceed with the architectural planning phase of a multipurpose facility, which could be constructed at the Marion County Fairgrounds.

  • Art camp is July 11-15

    “Feel The Beat” is the theme and July 11-15 are the dates for this year’s Art Camp.
    Each year, the Marion County Art and Humanities Council and local educators collaborate to bring an interesting week to students in third through eighth grade. This year, the camp will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and lunch will be provided.

  • Celebrate May this Friday at autism center

    Now that the April Showers have passed, the Working the Puzzle for Autism, Inc. Center will be celebrating May Flowers at 6;30 p.m., this Friday, May 13. The activity will be making paper plate flowers and thumbprint flower pots. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Contact Lisa Nally-Martin at nallymartin@windstream.net or call the center at 270-321-4360 to RSVP.

  • Clean up week in Bradfordsville

    This week is clean up week in Bradfordsville.
    Bradfordsville Mayor David Edelen asks that residents do their part to make Bradfordsville beautiful.

  • County approves hiring new employee to focus on collecting late garbage payments

    The Marion County Fiscal Court unanimously voted Thursday to hire an additional fulltime administrative position for the judge/executive’s office that will primarily focus on collecting delinquent garbage bills and occupational taxes.
    In January, Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty and his staff began to dig into the county’s long list of delinquent garbage accounts, and this new position will enable the county to keep a much closer eye on delinquent accounts.

  • Lebanon man indicted for sex abuse

    Editor’s note: The following indictment includes content not suitable for children.

    Justin D. Downs, 23, of 214 South Proctor Knott Avenue, No. 2, in Lebanon was indicted in two separate indictments for first-degree sexual abuse on May 2 in Marion Circuit Court.
    According to the indictment, the alleged offenses occurred on or about Feb. 19 and April 1.
    A person is guilty of first-degree sexual abuse when:
    - He or she subjects another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion; or

  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company testing lines in Marion and surrounding counties

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon received a letter from Stephanie Kindregan, public affairs director for Kinder Morgan, last week regarding the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company and its current and ongoing testing on pipelines in the area.

  • Calhoun to face Taylor County grand jury

    By Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    A Lebanon man accused of shooting and killing a woman and seriously injuring another will face a Taylor County grand jury.
    At a preliminary hearing Friday, May 6, Taylor County District Judge Amy Anderson forwarded the William Calhoun case to a grand jury.
    The Campbellsville Police Department arrested Calhoun, 25, of Lebanon, on Saturday, April 30, on charges of murder and first-degree assault.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court to meet today, May 5

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be meeting today, Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda includes the following: