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Local News

  • Tourist commission to meet Thursday, April 18

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet in a special-called meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    - Mission statement

    - Designate a budget committee

    - Budget proposal

    - Marketing plan proposal

    - Interim phase daily operations and compensation

    - Revisit the bylaws on interim phase liabilities

    - Kentucky Baroque Trumpets

    - Executive session under KRS 61.810(f) 

  • Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture visits Lebanon

    Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer stopped by T&H Feed Service on April 9 as part of swing through central Kentucky, in which he visited with store owners and local farmers to chat about agricultural issues. During his visit to Lebanon, Comer spoke briefly about his plans to visit Washington D.C. to lobby in favor of allowing industrial hemp to be grown in Kentucky, his recent visit with EPA regulators in Atlanta, and livestock care standards.

  • Working, walking together

    Despite chilly temperatures, hundreds of people gathered at Graham Memorial Park on Saturday morning to show their support for autism awareness.
    The third annual Working the Puzzle for Autism Walk is part of a continuing effort to educate the community about autism and people who live with this condition.
    John Mikkiah Thompson, a 19-year-old with autism, opened the event by singing “Through My Eyes,” a song about living with autism. Thompson did not speak until he was 8 years old, and it was his interest in music that helped him learn to talk.

  • 2013 Kentucky Writers Day Celebration concludes Sunday

    This year’s Kentucky Writers Day Celebration will not only honor the written word, but also Lebanon resident and musician Mike Hill, who passed away recently.
    “Mike had been involved in every Songwriters Tribute Showcase since we started hosting it,” Jeanne Lane, event organizer, said. “He was a tremendous supporter of the event and Penn's Store.”

  • ‘Call of the Wildman’ returns June 2

    The second season of Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman,” starring Marion County’s own Ernie “Turtleman” Brown Jr., is scheduled to begin June 2.
    This season’s shows include trips to Texas and Mexico, and Brown and the Turtle Team will once again catch a variety of animals. Turtle Mama returns as well.
    This season, Brown makes visits to an alpaca farm, the old Marion County Courthouse, and Waverly Hill Sanitarium.
     

  • New exhibit focuses on local wildlife

    A new exhibit focusing on the animals of Marion County has opened at the Marion County Heritage Center, located in the old courthouse at 120 E. Main Street in Lebanon.
    The exhibit includes several deer, including a 13-point buck downed by an 8-year-old girl. Other animals on display include a bobcat, a buffalo shoulder mount, fish, snakes, turkey and waterfowl. A few exotic creatures are on display as well.
    Visitors can also see pelts from alpaca, buffalo, coyote and fox.

  • Education news briefs

    SCMS Principal John Brady to retire
    The search for a new principal at St. Charles Middle School is officially on. John Brady has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1, 2013. Brady has been the principal at SCMS since August of 2003.
    Interviews for the position are expected to begin in May.

    MCATC selected for TRACK program

  • Sewer regulations could cost the city loads of money

    The Lebanon wastewater treatment plant could become more costly to operate depending on what requirements are included under a new permit from the Kentucky Division of Water.
    City Administrator John O. Thomas reported at the April 8 Lebanon City Council meeting that the Division of Water might require more frequent testing for metals, particularly copper in the wastewater.
    Eddie Masterson, the city’s wastewater superintendent, explained that the copper comes from old pipes in homes, not from local industries.

  • Breathing easier

    Mary Lou Spalding is appreciative of every breath she takes.
    After years of needing oxygen just to get through the day, she is resting at home while recovering from her recent lung transplant.
    "I've not had any oxygen on since the Wednesday before I came home from the hospital," said Mary Lou, 59. "Knock on wood, I pray I never have to go back on it."

  • Passing his papers: Ron Lewis donates documents from time in office to university

    By Ben Sheroan
    Landmark News Service

    The collection of Ron Lewis’ congressional papers – doodles and all – now are part of archives at Campbellsville University’s Montgomery Library.
    A recent dedication service celebrated the accomplishments of the former Baptist preacher from Hardin County who largely was a political unknown when he filed for the 2nd Congressional District seat in a 1994 special election. In his brief remarks, he chose to focus on the constituents.