Local News

  • Danville shootings victims include former Woodlawn Baptist youth minister

    Three people died in a shooting in Danville Friday morning. Two of the victims — Mike and Angela Hockensmith — have been identified so far.

  • Ride and Drive will raise money for emergency services memorial

    Motorcycles and other vehicles will gather Saturday, Sept. 21, at Wilbert Plastics for the Deputy Anthony Rakes Memorial Ride and Drive.

  • Fiscal court meets Sept. 19

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, Sept. 19, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes the following:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Annual and financial reports from the Marion County Soil Conservation District

    - Presentation on shop building boiler replacement

    - Jail inspection report

    - Road naming for mapping and E911 compliance purposes

    - Newspapers in Education request for 2013-14 school year

  • Your address might be changing

    Marion County has moved one step closer to implementing enhanced 911.
    On Sept. 5, the Marion County Fiscal Court voted 3-0 to approve the second reading of an ordinance establishing addressing standards for the county.
    (Magistrates Steve Masterson and John Arthur Elder III were not present at that meeting.)
    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said county officials have started creating a list of street names that will need to be changed and streets that may have to be renumbered.

  • Eminent domain bill prefiled for 2014 session

    Eminent domain has been a hot topic related to the Bluegrass Pipeline, a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas liquids from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia through Kentucky and on to the Gulf Coast.
    Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, the companies working on the project, have said they believe they have the right to invoke eminent domain, although they would prefer to work out agreements with landowners along the proposed route.

  • Health exchange meeting at library Sept. 27

    The Marion County Public Library will host a speaker from the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.
    The speaker will be on site to discuss the Affordable Care Act and kynect, Kentucky’s Healthcare Connection.
    The event will include a presentation from the speaker beginning at noon, followed by a question and answer session. The event is open to all.
    For more information, check out www.marioncopublic.org, like the library on Facebook or call (270) 692-4698.

  • City tax rate will increase by 3.7 percent

    Lebanon residents will see a 3.7 increase in their tax rate for 2013.
    The Lebanon City Council voted 4-0 to approve the second reading of the ordinance setting the tax rate during a special-called meeting Sept. 11. Councilman Jay Grundy and John R. Mattingly were not present for that meeting.
    The new tax rate for real and personal property will be 19.8 cents per $100 valuation. This is an increase over the 2012 rate of 19.1 cents per $100 valuation.

    Lebanon Aquatic Center

  • Federal charges dismissed against ex-deputy jailer

    Federal charges agains a former Marion County Detention Center employee were dismissed last month, even after the defendant objected to how the case was dismissed.
    The federal prosecutor noted in his motion for dismissal that he anticipates that the former deputy jailer will be indicated by the state.
    Shawn Perkins, 37, was one of two deputy jailers who were arrested Sept. 21, 2011. Both were indicted Nov. 22, 2011, in U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, in Louisville.

  • Driving under the influence… The law

    This is the third and final story in a series about drinking and driving. This story focuses on the law enforcement and court system’s perspective of drinking and driving offenses.

  • Kentucky hemp panel asks Ag Department to draft licensing rules

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission voted Thursday to ask the state Department of Agriculture to begin drafting regulations to license farmers, with an eye to planting hemp in April.
    "Things are moving forward at a rapid pace," Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said afterward. "I think this is an exciting first step. History will decide whether this was a defining moment in Kentucky agriculture or not."