Local News

  • HAM DAYS: Horse riders in Pigasus Parade must show proof of Coggins test  

    Horse riders in Pigasus Parade must show proof of Coggins test  

  • HAM DAYS: The Lebanon Bicentennial celebration continues with a Ham Days concert

    JD Shelburne, Nashville recording artist, will bring his talents to the 2015 Marion County Country Ham Days celebration. This free concert will be Saturday night from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Maker's Mark/Kentucky Cooperage Main Stage. Last week, JD released his new video titled "Hometown.”

  • Motivational speaker at MCHS Friday, public invited to attend

    Jeremy A. Taylor, an author and motivational speaker, will be speaking at 2:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, at Marion County High School.
    The theme of his speech is “You are priceless.” Topics he will discuss include anti-bullying, no more discrimination, suicide prevention, winning culture, encouraging community, social media etiquette, and service over self.

  • Rotary Club seeks to help homebound people

    Lebanon Marion County Rotary Club is seeking individual candidates who are homebound and in need of a wheelchair ramp. The club has a program to help homebound disabled veterans, senior citizens and other individuals who have difficulty getting in and out of their homes.
    There is no cost to the candidate for the wheelchair ramp and the Rotary Club hopes to get the ramp installed before the end of this year.
    If you know of a candidate who could benefit from this installation, please call Dave Winebrenner at 270-699-9600.

  • Council approves 2015-16 tax rate increase

    The Lebanon City Council approved the city’s 2015-16 tax rates recently.
    Monday, Sept. 7, the council voted 4-1 to exceed the compensating tax rate by levying a proposed tax rate of 20.40 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property, 25.15 cents per $100 of assessed value on personal property and 24.33 per $100 of assessed value on motor vehicles. Kate Palagi cast the only no vote.
    During a public hearing prior to the council’s special-called meeting on Sept. 7, there were some questions from the audience.

  • Citizens: Nuisance ordinance needed

    Concerned citizens attended the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting Sept. 3 and asked magistrates to consider drafting a nuisance ordinance that would address property eyesores and potential health hazards throughout the county.
    Julie Peake, who has lived on Tatum Lane in Lebanon for more than 20 years, said if the county doesn’t do something soon, things are going to get out of hand.
    “We need to commit to doing something as a community before we become a shanty town,” she said.

  • Getting a Head Start

    Educating low-income children, preparing them for school, and helping their families break the cycle of poverty has been the mission of Central Kentucky Head Start since its beginnings 50 years ago.
    And it continues that mission today.
    “We’re probably the best-kept secret around,” said Pam Smith, director of Central Kentucky Community Action Head Start.

  • Going up

    For the fifth consecutive year, Marion County Area Technology Center students are building a house in Lebanon.
    “It’s a real good design, about 1,100 square feet,” carpentry instructor Danny Taylor said.
    For him, the process of building a house offers opportunities his students might not have otherwise, such as installing doors and windows.
    “We get to use a lot of materials they would never get to use in a classroom,” Taylor said.

  • Book explores vital role of blacks in Kentucky

    By Martha Elson
    The Courier-Journal

    The roles of African Americans may often have been underplayed in history books about Kentucky, but a six-year effort to offset that has produced the first in-depth look at the state’s key African Americans and events.
    African Americans were among the earliest settlers of Kentucky dating back to the 1700s and have been an integral part of all facets of life in the state ever since, the new Kentucky African American Encyclopedia says.

  • KSP receives $1.9 million to test backlogged rape kits

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – The Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratories have received a 1.9 million dollar grant from the District Attorney of New York County in Manhattan for DNA testing on unanalyzed sexual assault kits in Kentucky. The funds will assist law enforcement agencies across the state in processing the back logged kits.
    KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said he was pleased to receive word of the grant award.