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Local News

  • Neighborhood watch program up and running

    The Lebanon Police want your help, so they can help you. Part of that effort has been the formation of a local neighborhood watch program.
    “It’s getting people in the community involved,” said Sgt. Donald Jewell, who is the neighborhood watch coordinator for the police department.
    Jewell said the groundwork for the program started under former Lebanon Police Chief Joe Bell, and the first neighborhood watch group was formed about a year and a half ago.

  • Lebanon man pleads guilty to rape

    A Lebanon man pled guilty to third-degree rape, and two other Lebanon residents pled guilty to charges stemming from the same incident in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    Dylan Humphrey, 21, of 342 Oak Street in Lebanon entered a guilty plea April 18 to third-degree rape.
    Natasha M. Humphrey, 21, also of 342 Oak Street in Lebanon pled guilty April 18 to complicity to third-degree rape.
    And Randall P. Smith, 24, of 627 Doctor Street in Lebanon pled guilty April 25 to first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • Board chairman: ‘We accomplished nothing’

    The Marion County Board of Education, principals, teachers, school councils and parents gathered together April 23 at Marion County High School to review each school’s improvement plan. After more than two hours of presentations and discussion, Board Chairman Michael Mullins said he was “extremely disappointed” with the meeting.

  • Louisville man files federal lawsuit over arrest

    A Louisville man who is facing assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges in Marion District Court has filed a civil lawsuit against the City of Lebanon, the Lebanon Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and several individual officers.
    James G. Walker Jr., 47, of 7500 Farm House Lane in Louisville was arrested at 12:11 a.m. Dec. 24, 2011 at McB’s.

  • Two vehicles in Tuesday morning collision on Campbellsville Highway

    Two people were transported to Spring View Hospital following a two-vehicle collision Tuesday morning.

    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a report of the accident 11:49 a.m. near Poor Boys on Campbellsville Highway. The vehicles were both near the intersection of Campbellsville Highway and Lovers Lane in Lebanon.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, Joseph Farmer, 20, of Lebanon was driving east on Campbellsville Highway in a 2007 Ford Fusion when he rear-ended a 1993 Chevy Lumina, which was driven by Laura Reardon, 31, of Lebanon.

  • Hit-and-run leads police on high-speed chase

    By Jennifer Corbett/Landmark News Service

    Police in Nelson County were led on a high-speed chase after a man fled from the scene of an accident Tuesday afternoon, April 23.

    Derek Downs, 27, of Loretto, was involved in a hit-and-run accident in front of Wendy’s on North Third Street before he took off. One person in the other vehicle was transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital.

  • Boston on our minds

    Our minds have been on Boston since the bombings occurred at the Boston Marathon April 15, horrifying the nation and creating chaos at the most prestigious and historical race in the nation.
    But, for at least two Lebanon residents, the tragedy has been much more than just a news story.
    For Jena Piekarski and her family, it's been extremely personal.
    Boston is her home.

  • Marion County receiving $268,000 for asphalt rehab

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced more than $27 million in asphalt rehabilitation projects across the state. Marion County is one of the 45 counties approved to receive a portion of those funds.
    Marion County will received $268,882 for work on two sections of KY 49, including a 1.2-mile section from East Main Street to Mannsville Road and a 1.3-mile section from Popes Creek Bridge to Caney Creek Bridge.
    Nally and Hayden Surfacing was awarded the contract for these projects.

  • Volunteers needed for Color in Motion 5K

    The Color in Motion 5K is gearing up for a fun-filled run on May 11 at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon. Even if someone is planning to run the 5k, there are still plenty of opportunities available for them to volunteer. And volunteers are what make this run happen, so everyone is encouraged to chip in, even if it’s just for an hour or two.
    While moral support is greatly appreciated, volunteers need to be at least 16 years old to help on-site. All volunteers are required to have fun! Opportunities to help include:
    • Thursday night: packet stuffing

  • Head Start officials explain transportation changes

    Local Head Start officials addressed concerns about a new transportation policy with Marion County Fiscal Court at the court’s April 18 meeting.
    Pam Smith, the Marion County Head Start director, and Lynne Robey, the director of Central Kentucky Community Action, spoke about the new transportation policy that will take effect during the 2013-14 academic year. Community Action oversees the Head Start program.