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Local News

  • Getting coverage

    Ever since the federal health exchanges became live on Oct. 1, national news reports have discussed people having difficulties trying to log into the system.
    Kentucky is one of a handful of states that created its own health insurance exchange, and that exchange, kynect.ky.gov, has largely avoided many of the technical issues that have affected the federal website.

  • New board member is not a ‘yes man’

    Newly appointed school board member Robert “Butch” Cecil shares the same last name as current board member Mike Cecil. They are first cousins. But, according to Butch, that has nothing to do with his desire to serve on the school board.
    “It doesn’t matter who you are related to. I’m my own person,” Butch Cecil said. “One of the big reasons I got on the board is that I love helping the kids. Mike didn’t have anything to do with it.”

  • Impacts of Philippine disasters felt in Marion County

    For one Marion County woman, the recent natural disasters that have ravaged the Philippines have been more than a tragic story on the news. It has affected members of her family and her native country.
    Elma Simpson moved to Lebanon 18 years ago after she married her husband, Timothy. She grew up in the Philippines, and many of her relatives still live in the island nation in southeast Asia.

  • Some teachers resent hiring of instructional coaches

    The school board’s decision to hire six new instructional coaches in the spring at a cost of $220,000 hasn’t necessarily been welcome news for teachers in the district, according to Board Member DeLane Pinkston.
    “They resent the term ‘instructional coaches,’” Pinkston said during the school board’s Nov. 12 meeting. “Some are taking it that they can’t do their job. I would hope the principals would tell them that is not the intent.”

  • New tourism commissioners appointed

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission had a busy week, holding two meetings and appointing two new commissioners.
    Technically, the commission didn’t meet on Nov. 11. Since only three commissioners — Chairman Brad Lanham, Carlotta Brussell and David Winebrenner — were present, the commission did not have a quorum.

  • Where are they now?... Baby with brittle bone disease continues to grow stronger

    Thursday, Bailey Basham was sitting up, smiling and laughing at the television, and rolling around on the floor. This might seem perfectly normal for any 2-year-old, but for Bailey, it’s a sign of how far he’s come.
    Bailey was born with Osteogenesis imperfecta, which is also known as brittle bone disease. Because of that, broken bones have been a common part of Bailey’s life.

  • Light in the darkness

    With candles illuminating their faces, hundreds of people gathered Nov. 14 outside the David R. Hourigan Government Center to remember a fallen officer and community servant. Family, friends and fellow law enforcement personnel were there to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes.

  • Tornado watch in effect until 10 p.m.

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for several central Kentucky counties, including Marion County.

    The tornado watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.

  • Arthur Mattingly Road home damaged by fire

    Firefighters from Loretto, Lebanon and Raywick responded to house fire late Tuesday night at 340 Arthur Mattingly Road.

    No one was injured in the fire, but Loretto Fire Chief Tommy Hamilton indicated the house may not survive.

    “We’re going to estimate that the house was lost,” he said.

    According to Hamilton, the homeowner, Larry Mattingly, was awake when he noticed he’d lost electricity in his kitchen.

  • Special-called tourism meeting this afternoon

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to have a special-called meeting at 3:30 this afternoon, Nov. 13, at the Centre Square Convention Center, Room 300.

    The commission was scheduled to meet on Monday, Nov 11, but only three commissioners (Carlotta Brussell, Chairman Brad Lanham, David Winebrenner) were present, which meant the commission did not have a quorum, and therefore could not take any action.