Local News

  • Working like a dog

    It has been more than a year since the City of Lebanon passed its animal control ordinance.

    And, according to Marion County Animal Control Officer Jeff Wooldridge, enforcing the ordinance is taking up the majority of his time. As a result, he asked the Marion County Fiscal Court to make their current part-time employee a full-time employee to help with the additional workload.

    However, magistrates believe the City of Lebanon needs to chip in.

  • Shooter pleads not guilty to assault

    A shooting on Saturday morning, Nov. 7, has left a Lebanon man in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen while the shooter is in jail being charged with first-degree assault.

  • A Good Run

    As the Marion County Marching Knights left the field Saturday after their performance in the AAAA state semifinals at South Oldham High School, band director Shane Mitchell was smiling.

    "That was a good run," he told them.

    Unfortunately, for Marion County, it wasn't quite enough to reach the state finals. The top four teams in the semifinals advanced to the state finals, and the Marching Knights finished ninth overall.

    "You should still be proud of what you accomplished this season," Mitchell told the band after the results were announced.

  • Employee injures hand at ATI Portland Forge

    An employee at ATI Portland Forge in Lebanon severely injured his hand Tuesday of last week, but rumors that his hand was cut off are untrue, according to a company spokesperson.

    The employee, whose name can't be released because of company policy, was operating a piece of equipment Tuesday of last week when at approximately 8:30 p.m. there was an accident, according to company spokesperson Dan Greenfield.

    "His coworkers got to him right away and they called 911," Greenfield said. "EMS were there in nine minutes, which is absolutely terrific service."

  • Second Chances

    Standing among the razor wire fences and security cameras at Marion Adjustment Center Wednesday of last week, there were dozens of bright eyes, smiling faces and even a few happily wagging tails.

    It was the first day of the prison's "Second Chances" canine program, and it wasn't clear who was happier - the dogs or the inmates.

  • In Brief: Candidates have started filing for primary election

    Candidates have started filing for primaries

    The special election for the District 14 Senate seat has been set for Dec. 8. Democrat Jodie Haydon and Republican Jimmy Higdon will be squaring off in that race.

    At the same time, candidates have started filing for the primary elections set for May 18, 2010.

  • Lebanon City Council to meet Monday evening

     The Lebanon City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday evening in regular session at city hall.

    According to the agenda, a delegation is scheduled to discuss Sunday liquor sales with the council.

    Other items on the agenda include a take over agreement for Centre Square and a resolution accepting a grant, approving an agreement, authorizing an amendment of the local budget and authorizing the Lebanon Water Works to sign all related documents.

  • First reading of property maintenance ordinance approved

    The Lebanon City Council voted unanimously in favor of the first reading of a proposed property maintenance ordinance Monday night.

    One council member did raise a concern, however.

    Councilman Kenny Marrett said he would support the first reading of the ordinance, but he planned to propose an amendment to do away with the five-member property maintenance code enforcement board included in the ordinance. Instead of having appeals go through a board, Marrett said he would prefer to have appeals come through the city council.

  • Candidates selected for Senate race

    The Democrats and Republicans have each selected their nominees for the special election to fill the vacant District 14 state senate seat.

    Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon is the Republican nominee. Higdon is the state representative for the 24th District, which includes Marion and Casey counties and part of Pulaski County.

    The Democratic nominee is Bardstown resident Jodie Haydon. He previously served as a state representative in the Kentucky 50th House District, which includes Nelson County and parts of Bullitt and Spencer counties.

  • Deputy Sheriff's cruiser collides with two horses

    Two horses are dead and a Marion County Deputy Sheriff's cruiser is totaled after a one-vehicle accident on Sunday evening

    The collision occurred at 8:53 p.m. on KY 49, approximately three miles south of Lebanon.

    Marion County Sheriff Deputy Tim Abell, 48, of Lebanon was driving a 2007 Crown Vic police cruiser north on KY 49 when he came around a curve and struck two horses, which were in the roadway. Abell was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.