Local News

  • New tourism director has started

    Lebanon's new tourism director is on the job.

    Monday was Nicky Reynolds's first day as the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    "All in all, it was a great day," she said.

    Reynolds said Carla Wagner, the administrative assistant for the commission, and Wayne Keen, the outgoing interim executive director, have been a great help. Keen will remain on until March 1 to assist with the transition, and possibly a little longer if needed.

  • Still rising

    At the conclusion of the first Women on the Rise conference, Keisha Mathies knew it had been a success.

    "One lady came up to me and hugged me and said, 'You don't know how much I needed this right now,'" said Mathies, the event organizer, a Lebanon native who now works for Wal-Mart and lives in Georgia.

  • Tourist commision, city council both meet Feb. 13

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission and the Lebanon City Council are both scheduled to meet Monday, Feb. 13.

    The tourist commission will meet at 3:30 p.m. in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center. This will also be the first meeting for new Lebanon Tourist Executive Director Nicky Reynolds.

    The agenda for the commission meeting includes:

    - A delegation from Nancy Miles and Martha Potter on behalf of the Marion County Quilters.

    - Minutes of last month's meeting.

  • Limited damage in Fairground Road fire

    The Lebanon Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 930 Fairground Road at 12:56 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.
    Most of the damage was limited to one corner of the house, the living room and the attic.
    Clarence Darnell, the homeowner, said he had placed an ash tray outside on the porch. When he went inside to get something, the fire started.
    "The wind got up a little bit and blew some ashes onto the chair," he said.
    The fire spread to the nearest corner of the house and eventually into the attic,

  • Marion County moving to the First Congressional District

    Marion County meet Congressman Ed Whitfield.
    The General Assembly on Friday approved a Congressional redistricting plan that moves Marion County from the Second District, which is represented by Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, to the First District, which is represented by Whitfield, a Republican from Hopkinsville.
    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills both opposed the Congressional redistricting plan.

    On Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear said he will sign the plan into law.

  • Legislative redistricting deemed unconstitutional

    State legislators need the redo their plans for new legislative district boundaries, according to a temporary injunction issued Feb. 7 in Franklin Circuit Court.
    "Until the General Assembly passes redistricting legislation that complies with all applicable constitutional requirements to revise the districts ... the elections for the House and Senate shall be conducted with the legislative district boundaries in effect immediately prior to the enactment of House Bill 1," Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd wrote.

  • Cleaver Court basketball court vandalized

    Someone declared their appreciation for Muhammad Ali, "black coffee" and "black records" with spray paint in an act of vandalism early Feb. 8.
    And whoever did it used the basketball court on Cleaver Court as a canvas.
    "[Feb. 8] between 3:30 and 4 a.m., somebody vandalized it with white, black and yellow spray paint," Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady said.

  • Fiscal Court approves $4,000 for animal shelter

    To say the Marion County Animal Shelter has been overwhelmed in recent months would be an understatement. With this in mind, citizen June Sooter appealed to the Marion County Fiscal Court to assist the shelter and its employees.

    "They're overburdened and they need help. And you all need to put the money into that shelter," Sooter said during the Feb. 2 fiscal court meeting.

  • 'Gentle giant' dies

    Rev. Ivo Cecil was a "gentle giant" who gave great hugs, said Mass quickly, and drove a little fast, and he is remembered fondly by those who knew him when he served as the pastor of St. Augustine Church.

    Cecil died Jan. 30 at Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was 85.

  • 3G or not 3G?

    Some smart phone users in Marion County may notice something missing when they are in Lebanon - mobile broadband service.

    AT&T operates the nation's largest broadband network with 29,000 hotspots in the United States, but for now, most of Marion County is served by the company's EDGE network, not its 3G or 4G broadband networks.

    Madison Dunn, an AT&T customer, has noticed a "major difference" when using her iPhone in Marion County compared to neighboring counties.