Local News

  • Marion County residents named to Bluegrass Community and Technical College Dean’s list

    Bluegrass Community & Technical College announces the following students from Marion County who have achieved dean’s list honors for the 2013 fall semester: Ashley Bridgewater, Zachary Buckler, Dallas Cambron, Joseph Elder, Josephine Elder, Marcia Fontaine, Adam Gardner, Laicee Harris, Austin Hatchel, Alexis Kirkland, Patrick Knopp, Andrew Lee, John Mattingly, Olivia Mattingly, Joshua Newcomb, Derrick Pittman, Savannah Shewmaker, Austin Wade, and Ashley Wathen.

  • Lebanon woman graduates from University of Findlay

    Approximately 937 degrees were awarded from The University  
    of Findlay during spring commencement ceremonies May 4 in the  
    Koehler Complex on campus.
    Deanna Bradshaw of Lebanon completed her doctor of physical therapy this spring.

  • Courageous Pacers

    A Courageous Pacers ceremony was held to recognize the following students for their participation in the Courageous Pacers program. Courageous Pacers is a fitness program that targets flexibility, strength, and endurance.

  • Some feel park field fee isn’t fair

    The Lebanon City Council recently approved a recommendation from the park board to begin charging a $125 fee for teams to use its ball fields (not including Little League and schools teams) and some think its unfair.
    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw reported to the council Monday, June 10, that he received a call from a representative on the Sluggers traveling team complaining about the fee.

  • Special city council meeting at 7 tonight

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in special session at 7 tonight, June 20, with just two items on the agenda.

    The council will consider the second readings of the revised 2012-13 budget and the proposed 2013-14 budget.

  • New Kentucky laws go into effect next week

    From the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

    FRANKFORT - New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2013 regular session go into effect on June 25.
    That means laws against human trafficking will soon be strengthened. More DNA testing will be allowed as evidence in post-conviction felony cases. And school districts can start deciding whether they want to raise their compulsory attendance age to 18, though the 2015-16 school year would be the first year any changes could actually impact students.

  • All Americans

    For many people around the world, the United States is still seen as the land of opportunity.
    “A lot of immigrants come to the United States because you see a big difference,” said Saul Magana, who was born in Mexico.
    Karla O’Daniel, who was born in Guatemala, agreed that the USA offers something different than her native country.
    “It has a little bit of everything, and that’s exciting,” she said.

  • MCHS completes second year of drug testing program

    Fourteen out of 439 students at Marion County High School failed drug tests during the 2012-13 school year, according to results released at the June 11 Marion County Board of Education meeting.

  • Tourism budget projected to exceed $590,000

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is anticipating it will have resources of more than $593,000 during the 2013-14 fiscal year.
    According to the proposed budget, which was approved June 10, the tourist commission is anticipating $290,000 in restaurant tax revenue and $40,000 from hotel taxes during the next fiscal year.
    The commission approved the budget, 5-0. Commissioners Joe Hickey and Nancy Higdon were not present for the June 10 meeting.

  • Turtleman keeps his focus on making people happy

    The Turtleman still has plenty of fans.
    When Ernie Brown Jr. dropped by the Marion County Heritage Center Thursday, fans including a family, a couple and a pair of missionaries took time to pose for pictures and get autographs from the Turtleman.
    The second season of Brown’s Animal Planet program, “Call of Wildman,” started June 2 with episodes featuring the Turtleman catching a llama on a Marion County farm, venomous snakes at a community pool in Danville, and a skunk.
    "We're filming every day," Brown said.