Local News

  • Three die after vehicle swept away by floodwaters

    Three people died and two more were hospitalized after a vehicle was swept away in floodwaters near New Hope early Sunday.

    Five people were in the vehicle when it drove into the floodwater from the Rolling Fork River near Walter Hall Road and Dee Head Road, according to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. Two people escaped and went to get help, but the other three people were trapped inside.

    Nelson County Dispatch received a call reporting the incident at 2:53 a.m. Sunday, Emergency Director Joe Prewitt said.

  • Restrooms temporarily out of service at Marion County Public Library

    Patrons of the Marion County Public Library should note that the restrooms and water fountains at the library are temporarily out of service and may be out all day today.

    Library Director Amy Morgeson said they are trying to identify the problem at this time. They have met with city employees and a plumber trying to determine the issue, she said.

  • Fiscal court to meet today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, Dec. 19, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.
    The agenda for today’s meeting includes:
    - The minutes of the previous meeting
    - 2014 county holiday schedule
    - Approved of second 2013-14 allocations for county fire departments
    - State Auditor’s report on the sheriff’s budget for year ending Dec. 31, 2012
    - Appointment of Marion County Extension District Board members
    - Staff, employee and public official training for the first quarter of 2014

  • Farmer is leaving Lebanon Middle School

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser announced last week that Todd Farmer has been hired to become the district’s director of federal programs.
    Farmer has been the principal at Lebanon Middle School since 2008.

  • Candidate filings for 2014 elections

    Candidates have until 4 p.m. Jan. 28 to file their nomination papers for the 2014 primary elections.
    Here are the candidates who have filed so far, according the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website. An (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.
    • U.S. Senate – Republicans: Matt Bevin of Louisville and Gurley L. Martin of Owensboro.
    While neither has officially filed, incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes have both been campaigning for Senate as well.

  • New service officer working in Lebanon

    Mike Andrews was introduced as the Lebanon Police Department’s new service officer at the Dec. 9 Lebanon City Coun-cil meeting.
    Andrews replaced Ben Ford, who died on Sept. 29.
    Andrews and his wife moved to Lebanon from Maryland eight years ago. He is also a member of the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard. Andrews told the council that he hopes to do well in his new job.

    In other matters:

  • 'Hee Haw' at St. Joe Dec. 28

    Anyone who missed the Dec. 15  "Hee Haw" performance at St. Joe will have a second chance to see it at 5 p.m. Dec. 29.
    Admission is a donation, which will go to the St. Joe Community Center. Refreshments will be served after the performance.
    For more information, call 270-692-7429.

  • City seeks to condemn Walnut Street property

    On Dec. 2, the City of Lebanon filed a petition of condemnation in Marion Circuit Court against Barry Bright of South Jordan, Utah, and his relatives.
    The city is seeking to condemn the property at 304 E. Walnut Street, which is at the corner of Woodlawn and Walnut Streets. According to the petition, the property is “vacant, abandoned and neglected.”

  • ‘For the long haul’


  • A year later, Taylor County shelter doing 'best we can'

    It's been about a year since magistrates decided to no longer house animals from other counties at Taylor County Animal Shelter.
    And since then, officials say, changes have been made to see the shelter become even better than it used to be.
    Last year, allegations were made claiming the shelter wasn't operating as it should. Protesters stood at the shelter with homemade signs proclaiming that the shelter wasn't clean and animals were not being treated properly.