Local News

  • Autism center hosting events this month

    Working the Puzzle for Autism, Inc. will be having music therapy from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 20, for any individuals on the spectrum. Music therapy is only for those on the spectrum, so siblings won't be able to attend. Working the Puzzle for Autism, Inc. will also be hosting a Fireman and Rescue Career Day from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 13.

  • Starting over

    Sitting at his sister’s kitchen table for the very first time, Aaron Glasscock sinks his teeth into some fried chicken.
    He’s dressed in a nice button down shirt and khaki pants, appropriate attire for a Sunday morning spent with his family at Lebanon Baptist Church. But, it wouldn’t matter what he was wearing, his family is just overjoyed he’s finally home.
    It’s hard to imagine what this simple Sunday afternoon feels like for Aaron and his family.
    For the first time in 18 years, Aaron returned to Marion County on April 23.

  • City of Lebanon in good shape, but still has its challenges

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw began his “state of the city” address at last week’s chamber luncheon by reminiscing.
    Crenshaw, who has been the city’s mayor for 18 years, lives five doors down from his boyhood home. He said it was always his dream to come back to Lebanon after college. And, after living in several parts of the state, Crenshaw did just that.
    “My goal was always to get back home to Lebanon,” he said. “It always seemed like home to me.”

  • Celebrating music and a musician

    Don Ray Johnson Jr. of Raywick was a lover of music, and that’s one way his family and friends will pay tribute to him during an upcoming Kentucky Classic Orchestra concert in Lebanon.
    Johnson, an award winning trumpet player and the artistic director of the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, died suddenly on Oct. 14, 2016, at the age of 61.
    Johnson, who grew up in Lexington, moved to Raywick about 26 years ago, and had become well known for his musical success and trumpet collection.

  • ‘Payne train’ fosters hope for children in need

    By John A. Nelson
    Landmark News Service

    Lucy Payne considers hers the typical American family.
    “We have a little money in savings, the rest pays the bills,” she says.
    It’s safe to say that’s where typical ends.
    What has come to be known as “the Payne train” consists of mother Lucy, father Neil, six children, three dogs and a pig. They all live in a 1,300-sq.-ft. house with three bedrooms and one bath on a fenced in lot of about one-tenth acre.

  • Foster parents in high demand in Kentucky, region

    By John A. Nelson
    Landmark News Service

    It’s called out of home care, and it’s an industry.
    According to statistics obtained through the local office of the Kentucky Department of Child Based Services, as of April 2, 8,188 children were in DCBS foster homes, private agency foster homes, residential facilities, placed with relatives, housed in detention centers, in an independent living setting or in psychiatric hospitals.

  • Perfect strangers, perfect match

    Anyone that knows Lori Caldwell would likely agree that she’s been through hell and back.
    Nearly 20 years ago, she had a heart transplant.
    She had been diagnosed with post-partum cardiomyopathy after having her daughter, Cameron, on July 2, 1996. The left side of her heart no longer functioned, and doctors didn’t know what caused it. But, thanks to the selfless gift of organ donation, Caldwell, 45, was given a second chance at life.

  • Marion County ROCKS

    There is a treasure hunt going on throughout Lebanon and Marion County, and while no one is getting rich, it’s bringing lots of smiles and fun to people of all ages.
    In March, Kaitlyn Yates, 18, of Lebanon started a Facebook group named “Marion County ROCKS” and began painting and hiding rocks throughout the community to spread happiness and kindness.
    Yates’ mother, Jennifer Mattingly, said her entire family has gotten in on the fun.

  • Pieces of the puzzle

    Mother Nature didn’t cooperate Saturday, but the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended the 7th annual Working the Puzzle for Autism Walk, which was held at Marion County High School due to the poor weather conditions. Thirty-nine individuals who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and their families were recognized during the event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Working the Puzzle for Autism Inc. organization.

  • Music therapy at autism center Saturday

    Working the Puzzle for Autism Inc. will be having music therapy at the Autism Center located at 748 West Main Street from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 29. This event will only be for individuals on the autism spectrum as it is therapy and siblings will not be allowed to participate. Please contact Lisa Nally-Martin at nallymartin@windstream.net with any questions.