Local News

  • Officers honored for DUI arrests

    Lebanon Police Officer J.D. Holliday and Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Tristan Hayden were among the 206 officers recognized for their efforts to stop drunk and impaired drivers at the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards on Dec. 3 at the Marriott Louisville East.
    According to the highway safety office, Holliday made 46 DUI arrests, and Hayden arrested 13 people for DUI.
    Last year, more than 5,750 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 146 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries, were reported in Kentucky.

  • Santa Claus is coming to Loretto

    Santa Claus will be visiting the Loretto area on Sunday, Dec. 15. He will be going from house to house on the fire engine with the Loretto Fire Department. Due to safety concerns for the public and the fire department members, this year Santa will be staying within the city limits of Loretto for his house to house visits. However, for the people who live outside the city limits of Loretto we will have designated locations for you to bring your children to visit with Santa Claus.
    Santa will do his best to follow this schedule:

  • Serious about Horsin’ Around

    Years ago, Bev Lee was working as a special education teacher. She recalls a Friday night when she was still at school at 4:45 p.m. filling out paperwork.
    She and the janitor were the only two people in the building. She remembers praying for God to show her another way to help kids.
    The next week, she learned about a camp for children with special needs, and she started volunteering. Eventually, that became a full-time job, which included a stint running camps for Paul Newman in Connecticut and in Ireland.

  • Cities will need to name electrical inspectors

    In April, the county voted to name Coy Neat as its electrical inspector. Now, Marion County’s incorporated cities may need to consider if they want to name their own inspector.
    Michael Shannon, the county’s former electrical inspector, now serves as the State Electrical Inspector for the Department of Housing, Building and Construction. He told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Dec. 5 meeting that the state would be enforcing a law that has been on the books since the 1980s.
    "They are no longer going to be ignored," Shannon said.

  • More holiday happenings this weekend

    If the weather prevented you from enjoying last weekend’s holiday activities, then this weekend will bring another round of events taking place around the county.
    From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Pope’s Creek Ranch, 2250 Popes Creek Road in Lebanon, is hosting its Country Christmas at the Ranch. Children can have their photos made with a Cowboy Santa and Cowgirl Elves. Sarah Elizabeth Burkey will be performing traditional and mountain folk Christmas songs on the dulcimer. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Minister denied bond in hearing at Boyle County Circuit Court

    By Kendra Peek
    The Advocate-Messenger

    Kenneth Allen Keith appeared in court for a bond hearing on Monday, Dec. 2, but the request was denied, which means the man accused of killing three individuals will remain in jail for the duration of the trial.
    “That was sort of expected,” said Mark Stanziano, the attorney representing Keith.
    Stanziano said it was possible to appeal, but it was unlikely that they would, because it “detracts” from what is being done in Keith’s defense.

  • Hearing rescheduled for alleged shooter of Deputy Anthony Rakes

    The man accused of murdering Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes has not yet decided if he will accept a plea agreement offer from the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
    Dewayne Shipp, 50, was originally scheduled to have a hearing Dec. 5 in Marion Circuit Court, but that hearing has been rescheduled for Dec. 13.
    The Commonwealth’s Attorney made the offer to Shipp on Nov. 21, according to court records, but the details of that offer are not yet available.

  • Teen dies in car wreck

    A 2013 graduate of Marion County High School died Friday following an accident on Danville Highway.
    Colin Whitfill, 19, of Lebanon was the passenger in a vehicle that overturned around noon Dec. 6 on US 68, approximately three miles east of Lebanon.
    Whitfill was transported to Spring View Hospital following the accident. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:33 p.m. by the Marion County coroner.

  • Wreaths to remember

    This Saturday, scores of volunteers will help place more than 1,000 wreaths on graves at Lebanon National Cemetery to honor deceased veterans.
    The Lebanon National Cemetery is just one of many locations that will be part of Wreaths Across America at noon Saturday, Dec. 14.
    “Just come out and help us honor our fallen heroes,” said Hayden Johnson, who is helping coordinate the local event.
    Johnson said volunteers placed between 700 and 800 wreaths last year, and he expects they will have more than 1,000 wreaths this year.

  • No parade, but other holiday events still happening

    The Lebanon Main Street Committee has cancelled the Dickens Christmas parade this evening, but other Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival events are still taking place.

    After the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Marion County Heritage Center, Santa will be inside to visit with children and pose for photos from 6 to 9 p.m.

    Also, an arts and crafts fair is going on in the heritage center at the same time.