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  • Travel writers are talking about Lebanon

    Lebanon has been getting some good publicity lately, according to Carla Wagner, the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.
    She told the commission during its May 12 meeting that they hosted some travel writers recently, which will bring attention to the community.
    Dana McMahan of bodybybourbon.com and her husband visited Lebanon in April, and they are working on pieces that might be of interest to “foodies” and bourbon lovers.

  • Know where to vote before May 20

    May 20 will be the first time Marion County voters go to the polls using new precincts that were put approved based on data from the 2010 Census. The county approved new magisterial districts in 2011, but the state did not approve the new precincts until late last year.
    The Marion County Clerk’s Office mailed thousands of postcards to county residents who may have seen a change in their precinct and where they vote.
    When the county redefined the magisterial districts, it also switched from using letters to numbers to identify those districts.

  • Tourism, city council meet today

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission and the Lebanon City Council are each scheduled to meet Monday, May 12.

    The tourist commission is scheduled to meet in regular session at 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Minutes of April meetings

    • Treasurer's report

    • Executive director's report

    • New business, including commmisioners offices

    • Old business, including pole banners

  • Lebanon teen drowns in Green River Lake Sunday

    What was meant to be a church celebration took a tragic turn Sunday afternoon at Green River Lake.
    Members of Iglesia Casa del Alfarero were at the lake for a baptism, when Jose A. Zambrano, 19, drowned while retrieving a child’s swimming aid.
    “He loved the Lord with all of his heart. He served the Lord,” Zambrano’s sister Idania Guarneros said.

  • Lebanon woman dies in collision with semi

    A 36-year-old Lebanon woman died Friday after the vehicle she was driving collided with a semi truck on Campbellsville Highway.
    Elizabeth Pittman was driving east on US 68 in a 2001 Nissan when she attempted to pass another eastbound vehicle. According to the Kentucky State Police, Pittman was not able to complete the pass because of oncoming traffic. As she steered back into her lane, she lost control of her vehicle, dropped off the eastbound shoulder of US 68, returned to the roadway and struck a semi in the rear of its trailer, the state police reported.

  • St. Francis, Holy Cross pastor on leave after sex abuse allegation

    By Forrest Berkshire
    Landmark News Service

    The pastor of St. Francis and Holy Cross is on administrative leave following an accusation that he molested a young boy in the 1970s.
    Parishioners of the churches received a letter Friday from the Archdiocese of Louisville stating an individual had accused Father Joseph Hemmerle of sexual abuse.
    Brian Reynolds, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Louisville, confirmed Friday that Hemmerle was on leave and that the church was in the process of turning the matter over to law enforcement.

  • Toyota job losses likely to top 2,100

    By Dan Horn
    Kentucky Enquirer

    Toyota's departure from Northern Kentucky will cost hundreds more jobs than the 1,600 positions moving to Texas, Michigan and Georgetown, Ky.
    At least 550 contract workers and support personnel at Toyota's Erlanger headquarters will be out of work by the time the company pulls out in 2017, bringing total job losses there to about 2,150. Some may be offered jobs at Toyota offices elsewhere, but none will remain in Erlanger.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline project put on hold

    Work on the Bluegrass Pipeline has been suspended, according to an announcement last week.
    In a statement posted on bluegrasspipeline.com, Bill Lawson and Michael McMahon of Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, wrote that they need to make decisions about the timing and additional investment in the project, which is intended to carry natural gas liquids from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to the Gulf Coast.

  • Color in Motion 5K is May 17

    Color will fly when crowds cross the start line at Graham Memorial Park on May 17 for the Color in Motion 5K. The race will begin at 9 a.m. and be followed by the color bash after party once runners begin to cross the finish line. For the race, Color in Motion 5k is partnering with Marion County Historical Society and the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.
    This will be the second Color in Motion 5K race held in Lebanon. Last year, the race was held in May at the same location. There were more than 2,300 participants.

  • County a little closer to E911 implementation

    Marion County has submitted its master street addressing guide (MSAG) to Windstream. If the county’s MSAG is at least 95 percent accurate, then the county will be able to start receiving cell phone fees to cover the costs of Enhanced 911 service.
    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said he sent the MSAG to Windstream as soon as he received it.