Local News

  • Lebanon attorney named ABC commissioner

    Freddie Higdon of Spragens and Higdon, PSC, in Lebanon has been appointed as the commissioner of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Higdon’s appointment will take effect March 15, 2013. His term expires Dec. 31, 2016.

    Public Protection Secretary Robert D. Vance announced Higdon’s appointment by Governor Steve Beshear.

    Higdon is also a member of the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents and the president of the Marion County Industrial Foundation Board.

  • Kentucky AG speaks to MCHS students



  • Fire department has not received state aid since 2010


  • Higdon: Expect changes to pill mill bill

    By Randy Patrick

    Landmark News Service


    A comprehensive measure the Kentucky General Assembly enacted last year to curb prescription drug abuse is in need of changes, says one of the lawmakers who helped shape it.

    In an interview with The Kentucky Standard last week, Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, who helped lead efforts to revise House Bill 1 and get it passed in the Senate, said it has been effective, but has had unexpected results.

  • MLK Jr. Day - Celebrating the King

    Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered and honored Sunday in downtown Lebanon with a march, led by the United Concerned Citizens Organization, and an event hosted by the Marion County NAACP at the Lebanon United Methodist Church.

  • Local charity aims to help cancer patients

    Cancer has touched most, if not all, of Marion County in some way.

    “Everybody’s had family members that have been diagnosed with cancer,” Debbie Higdon said. “Until your family goes through it, you don’t realize the extra expense that goes with it.”

    Because of that, Higdon wanted to find a way to help provide some financial support to families as they deal with the disease.

    And she has.

  • Red Cross receives trailer

    The local chapter of the American Red Cross received a trailer Thursday that will make it easier to respond in the event of a disaster in Marion County.

    The trailer holds 100 cots, 200 blankets and 120 comfort kits that can be used to respond if a natural disaster strikes Marion County.

  • Another 5K could be coming to Lebanon

    After hosting Kentucky’s first ever Warrior Dash in 2012, Marion County could be hosting a more colorful race this year.

    Nicky Reynolds, executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, said she is in talks with the Color in Motion 5K about a possible race in May. The race would start and finish in downtown Lebanon.

  • Monday morning fire damages shop building at dairy farm

    Firefighters from Loretto, Raywick and New Hope were on the scene for more than seven hours Monday morning containing a fire at the Peterson Dairy Farm, located at 250 County Line Road in Loretto.

    According to the Lebanon Police Dispatch log, Sandy Peterson called to report the fire at 1:50 a.m. Jan. 21.

    The shop on the farm was on fire.

    The first firefighter from Raywick arrived on the scene at 2:05 a.m. Firefighters remained on the scene until 9:21 a.m.

    Marion County Rescue also responded to the scene.

  • Man, dog escape morning house fire

    A Lebanon man and his dog escaped a house fire early Friday morning.

    According to the Lebanon Police Dispatch records, Tom Glasscock called at 3:09 a.m. to report his house at 420 Hwy. 289 was on fire. Glasscock told the dispatcher that he and his dog were in the house when the smoke alarm went off.

    “His dog woke him up,” Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said.