Local News

  • Train ride turns bad

    A trip to the Louisville Zoo June 1 ended with a dozen people from Marion County taking a scarier trip than anticipated when a train derailed while they were riding it.

    "It just happened so fast," said Melissa Cull, one of the Marion Countians on the train during the accident. "You read about stuff like this or see it on television, and you never think it could happen to you."

  • Lebanon City Council meets tonight

     The Lebanon City Council will meet in special session at 8:15 p.m. June 17.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

    - First reading of an ordinance amending the 2008-09 budget

    - First reading of the 2009-10 budget

    - A request for funding for the senior citizens center

    - Discussion of housing conditions at 408 Woodlawn Avenue.

  • Farmer's market pavilion now open

    The grand opening of the Lebanon farmer's market pavilion was held Friday.   The pavilion is located at 230 W. ML King Boulevard.

    The pavilion will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursday, According to Marion County Agriculture Exention Agent George McCain.

    Look for more about the pavilion next week. 

  • Fire destroys Papa John's Pizza

    About 15 minutes after Papa John's employees left work Wednesday, June 3, the Lebanon Police Department received a call reporting a fire at the pizzeria.

    The Lebanon Fire Department responded to the fire at 11:17 that night. They remained on scene until 1:36 Thursday morning. The Lebanon Police Department and Marion County EMS also responded to the scene.

    Jackie Galarza, the general manager of the Lebanon Papa John's, was at her Lee Avenue home when she learned there was a fire. She was also one of the first employees to arrive.

  • Storms possible this evening

    The National Weather Service is predicting numerous showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of June 16 in Central Kentucky.

    Thunderstorms my be severe with damaging winds from the southeast around 10 miles per hour, according to the NWS. Large hail and heavy rainfall are possible.

    The NWS is forecasting a 70 percent chance of rainfall.

    Tonight, the NWS is calling for 60 percent chance of rain with winds from the south at 5-10 miles per hour.

  • Lebanon woman dies in fatal accident

    Phyllis M. Cook, 56, of Lebanon was one of two victims of a fatal head-on collision that occurred in Spencer County Thursday.

    The accident occurred at 9:27 a.m. on US 31 East, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    Cook was driving northbound when she apparently lost control of her vehicle in a curve, said Trooper Ron Turley, Kentucky State Police public information officer. Her 2007 Chevrolet crossed the center line into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by John V. Maradits, 43, of Louisville. Neither vehicle had passengers.

  • Sunday sales revisited

    A former city councilman and a local grocery store owner appeared before the Lebanon City Council Monday to request that packaged alcohol sales be allowed on Sundays.

    During that meeting, however, it was clear that there are divisions on the council about this issue. At the end of Monday evening's discussion, Mayor Gary Crenshaw asked the city attorney to draft two versions of a Sunday sales ordinance, one allowing packaged beer sales and one allowing packaged beer and liquor sales.

  • Fiscal court approves first reading of 2009-10 budget

    The Marion County Fiscal Court voted 5-0 in favor of the first reading of the proposed 2009-10 budget during its regular meeting June 4.

    The county is projecting a decrease in spending for the 2009-10 fiscal year when compared with the 2008-09 budget.

    According to information provided by Marion County Treasurer Kevin Cochran, Marion County is projected to spend $12.9 million during the 2008-09 fiscal year, which ends June 30. Next year's budget includes $12.1 million in spending, a decrease of nearly 6 percent.

  • Graduates, parents face challenging economy, job market

    The diplomas have been handed out, the tassels have been turned and now the "real world" is greeting the graduates of Marion County High School with an ailing economy, tough job market, and rising tuition. Some, however, have already had a taste of its harsh realities.

    According to Workforce Kentucky, the current unemployment rate for Kentucky is at 9.8 percent and the cost of college tuition continues to rise. According to the United States Department of Education, the cost to attend public colleges in the U.S.

  • Car hits house on Miller Pike

    Victor and Pauline Mudd were both at their home at 1915 Miller Pike when an SUV collided with their house June 4.   "I thought it was an earthquake," Victor said.

    Victor was in a room on the opposite side of the house when the collision occurred.

    "It turned me around in my chair," he said.   Pauline was in the living room.   "It knocked my glasses off," she said.

    Neither Victor our Pauline Mudd were injured as a result of the collision.