Local News

  • Local woman dies after traffic accident

    A Lebanon woman died following a two-vehicle collision the afternoon of Feb. 7 at the intersection of W. Main Street and Village Way in Lebanon.

    Barbara Mattingly, 77, died at University Hospital in Louisville that same day.

  • Lower tier available on cable rates

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly received a copy of the 2011 Kentucky Basic Cable Rate Survey and he was concerned about what he saw. According to the survey, the basic tier of services offered in Lebanon was two to three times more expensive than basic packages offered by Time Warner in other locations.

    The survey indicated that the basic tier in Lebanon was 55-60 channels for $65. Comparatively, the basic tier is 12 channels for $13.80 in Clark County, 25 channels for $15.76 in Danville, and 27 channels for $27.95 in Lawrenceburg.

  • Centre Square board granted flexibility on rates

    The Lebanon City Council unanimously approved giving the Centre Square Foundation Board authority to adjust its rate structure.

    Councilman Kenny Marrett made the request Feb. 10, after the Lebanon Main Street Committee had approached the Centre Square Board about receiving free use of Centre Square for a planned barbecue festival. The foundation board did not feel it could offer anything other than the existing rates without authorization from the city council.

  • More postal routes moving to Lebanon

    Postal routes in Loretto and St. Francis may be moving to the Lebanon Post Office next month.

    Dave Walton, the postal services spokesperson for the Kentuckiana district, said the plan to move the two Loretto routes and the St. Francis route to Lebanon was still under consideration.

    "At some offices in our district, we're looking to relocate carriers," Walton said.

    Local officials did not say much about the changes, but they did sound more certain that the switch would happen.

  • Tourist commission questions director, approves funds for BBQ festival

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission met for more then four hours on Monday, including an hour in executive session to discuss possible disciplinary actions against Executive Director Chris Hamilton.

    Some commissioners raised concerns about a dinner bill from Hennings restaurant, and at the end of the meeting Commissioner Nancy Higdon made the motion to go into closed session to discuss possible disciplinary action against Hamilton. No disciplinary action was taken when the board returned to open session, however.

  • Friendly physician passes away

    Dr. Robert Wilber will be remembered by friends, co-workers and patients for his personal service and concern. He died Feb. 7. He was 78 years old.

    "He was one of a kind," said Linda Crouch, a long-term employee of Wilber's.

    Crouch said Wilber practiced medicine in Lebanon from 1962 until 1997. He later returned to medicine for a short time in Springfield.

    "He loved to educate his patients," Crouch said.

  • Heart attack suspected as cause of death in accident

    From The Kentucky Standard

    A Marion County man who died after getting into a minor accident Thursday in Bardstown is suspected to have suffered a heart attack.

    Joseph Wayne Newton, 59, of Loretto was pronounced dead in the Flaget Memorial Hospital after being transported there by Nelson County EMS, according to Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin.

    Houghlin said an autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner to determine an exact cause of death, but preliminary indications point to a heart attack. 

  • MCHS principal search underway

    The Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council has renewed its search for a principal.

    Chris Brady, the interim principal and the chairman of the council, said the notice was posted on the Kentucky Department of Education website on Feb. 2. Brady said the notice must be posted for at least 30 days.

    "It will be at least a month or two before anything big happens," Brady said.

  • School board will meet Thursday evening

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10.

    The board is scheduled to meet with Mike Oder of the Kentucky School Boards Association to develop a superintendent search plan.

    The board is also scheduled to discuss parliamentary procedures and to approve the minutes of previous meetings.

  • No school Friday, Feb. 11

    Marion County Public Schools will be closed Friday, Feb. 11, due to poor road conditions.

    The National Weather Service is predicting patchy fog before 7 a.m. Friday. The forecast is for sunny conditions with a high of 34 degrees with wind chill factors as low as zero.

    The forecast for Friday evening is for a high around 22 degrees.