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  • Commission begins 2011-12 budget preparations

    For nearly two hours May 27, the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission reviewed its initial 2011-12 budget proposal.

    "This is the beginning point, not the ending point," said Executive Director Chris Hamilton, who prepared the proposal for the commissioners.

    The initial proposal included $584,732 in projected revenues and $439,889.13 in projected expenses. However, those numbers are likely to change as a result of some of the changes proposed by the commissioners Friday.

  • A conclusion, but not 'closure'

    Five years after the shooting that took the life of John G. Mattingly III, the two men accused of causing his death are awaiting sentencing.

    While this brings a conclusion to one part of the tragic events of May 25, 2006, Mattingly III's father, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly does not think of this as closure for himself, his wife, Janet, or their other children.

  • 16-year-old improving after May 22 accident

    Aaron Mattingly, 16, of 3341 St. Mary's Road in Lebanon is showing improvement after being in a one-vehicle accident May 22. He is listed in satisfactory condition at University Hospital in Louisville as of Tuesday morning.

    Allyson Stine, Mattingly's aunt, said he has been moved out of the intensive care unit and into a regular room at the hospital. She also said he has been able to walk some with the help of a physical therapist.

    "He's doing much better," Stine said.

  • Accidental shooting kills 14-year-old in Springfield

    On Wednesday, May 25, the Kentucky State Police responded to a shooting complaint on Main Street in Springfield that resulted in the death of a Washington County juvenile (age 14). 

  • Jury recommends 27 years in prison for man's role in Mattingly's death

    By Jennifer Hewlett

    The Lexington Herald-Leader

    A Fayette Circuit jury has recommended 27 years in prison for Adrian Benton, 31, for his role in the death of John Mattingly III, a Marion County native and UK student who died in 2006.

  • Tornado watch in effect until 10 p.m.

    Severe weather with tornadoes possible is expected to hit south central Kentucky this afternoon. A tornado watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Eastern time.

    A tornado watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado.

    According to the National Weather Service, warm temperature and ample moisture are in place, and scattered thunderstorms are possible starting this afternoon and continuing through the evening. These storms are capable of damaging winds and hail.

  • Former deputy sheriffs plead guilty to firearms, drug trafficking charges

    Two former Washington County deputy sheriffs pled guilty May 11 in United States District Court to carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
    Norris Wayne Bartley, 43, and Billy Joe Mattingly, 42, both of Washington County, earlier pled guilty to drug trafficking charges and averted a jury trial by entering guilty pleas to the remaining firearms charge.

  • A touch of spice

  • Adoptable animals

    The 2011 Leadership Lebanon/Marion County Class, in conjunction with the Marion County Animal Shelter, hosted an adopt-a-thon Saturday, May 21, at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon. Several dogs were available for adoption, but unfortunately none of them found a new home Saturday. They are all still available for adoption, and all of them are spayed or neutered. For more information about adopting a pet from the animal shelter, call (270) 692-0464.

  • Smoke Out

    Around 6:30 Friday evening, just behind Lebanon's VFW Post, the Smokey D's team started preparing its meat for competition. This was the first time that Dustin Horton, 13, would be serving as the pitmaster.

    The first contest entries would not be turned in until noon on Saturday, but  Horton understood this was all part of the job.

    "It depends how much work you have and how much you love to do it," he said.