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Local News

  • Chief nervous about police shortage

    The Lebanon Police department will soon be understaffed, but Police Chief Wally Brady wants people to know that the streets will still be covered.
    Brady addressed the Lebanon City Council on Monday, Nov. 7, to report on the current staffing issues with the department.
    “I was in service training last week with 100 chiefs across the state of Kentucky,” Brady said, “and all the police departments across the state of Kentucky are dealing with the same situation that we’re dealing with.”

  • Relay For Life undergoes changes

    Marion and Washington counties will be joining together for the next Relay For Life event in June at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.
    According to Relay For Life Community Manager Drew Underwood, the event will look a lot different than previous years.
    “We’re really trying to do a lot of things differently,” he said. “It used to be a cookie cutter event. It didn’t really matter what city you went to, what time of year it was, it was always the same.”

  • Thanksgiving closings, garbage pickup and more

    There will be no garbage pick-up in Marion County on Thursday, Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day. The normal Thursday garbage route will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Friday garbage route will be picked up on Monday, Nov. 28. Please set our your garbage earlier than normal.
    Lebanon City Hall, Marion County Clerk’s office, PVA office, county judges office, Marion Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be closed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Those offices will re-open Monday, Nov. 28.

  • Spencer County educator hired to lead LMS

    Lebanon Middle School has a new principal.
    Tuesday evening, Nov. 14, the Lebanon Middle School SBDM Council selected Millie Blandford to become the LMS principal after Christina McRay resigned to become the principal at the Marion County Area Technology Center.
    Blandford has been working in the education field for going on 22 years now. She taught science for 17 years, and has served as an assistant principal for Spencer County Middle School since 2012.

  • Loretto man indicted for rape

    Charles Josh Blanford, 36, of 375 Rueben Smith Road in Loretto was indicted in Marion Circuit Court recently for first-degree rape, incest and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. According to the indictment, in October of 2015, Blanford committed rape and incest. His bond was set at $50,000, and was ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness.

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  • Attorney indicted for allegedly stealing from local client

    Landmark News Service

    An attorney was arrested Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, by Kentucky State Police and the FBI on an indictment that alleges he stole more than $200,000 from an area client following a civil settlement.
    Danny Perkins Butler, 70, who lives in Campbellsville, was indicted on two Class C felony counts and faces up to 10 years in prison, on each count, if found guilty.

  • Christmas in the Park is Nov. 23

    Christmas in the Park will take place at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon Wednesday, Nov. 23.
    The event will officially begin at 6:30 p.m., with free cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate. The lighting of the park will be at 7 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive on one of Lebanon's finest fire trucks at 7:15 p.m.
    The park staff invites you to come out and visit with Santa, enjoy refreshments and walk the track taking in all of the displays sponsored or donated by local merchants and individuals.

  • Vigil for Deputy Rakes is Monday

    A candlelight vigil will be held at 6:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, on the front lawn of the David R. Hourigan Government Center to honor the memory of Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes.
    Deputy Rakes made the ultimate sacrifice for Marion County on Nov. 14, 2012.

  • ‘I’m alive’

    Growing up, G.I. Joe was Tabitha Tracey’s hero.
    She was a classic tomboy.
    She and her older brother enjoyed watching Rambo and having walnut wars at their grandparents’ house.
    She learned to shoot a gun at a very young age, and loved to hunt alongside the boys in her family.
    So, it’s really no surprise that she ended up enlisting in the Army.
    But, as a senior at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, joining the armed forces wasn’t on her radar.

  • Veteran, volunteer, survivor

    “Do the best you can with what you’ve got.”
    Simple but wise words from Gary Luce, 54, of Lebanon, whose life has been far from simple, but he’s made the best out of his circumstances.