Local News

  • Police looking for missing 14-year-old

    The Lebanon Police have issued a missing person's report for Fernanda Ponce, 14.

    Ponce was last seen March 26. She is a Hispanic female. No picture is available at this time.

    The police have also issued a kidnapping report in connection with this case.

    Anyone with information about Ponce's location should call the Lebanon Police at 692-2121 or the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

  • Police searching for inmate that escaped while doing community service

    Lebanon Police are looking for James Shell, 45, an inmate who was being housed at the Marion County Detention Center.

    Shell was performing community service at the Marion County Animal Shelter when he walked away around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 17.

    Shell is a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 260 pounds. The photo provided shows Shell with a beard. However, he is currently clean-shaven, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    Shell had been serving a five years sentence for flagrant non-support. He was convicted June 17, 2008.

  • Spring View Hospital CEO resigns

    Spring View Hospital is in the midst of an $8 million expansion, and it's also in search for a new chief executive officer.

    Mike Sherrod, who has been Spring View's CEO since December of 2007, announced his resignation March 15.

  • Headlong

    Wearing his hair short is nothing new for Angel Pasqual. He was a Marine for eight years.

    But for the last four years, Pasqual has participated in St. Baldrick's as a member of the Marion Adjustment Center team.

    "I figure this is for a better cause," he said.

    Pasqual has a personal reason to participate as well. Both his parents had cancer.

    "I just hate to see somebody's little kid go through that," he said.

  • Community servant

    Shelton Young can't remember a time when he wasn't involved with Ham Days. He recalls Ham Days when the temperature exceeded 100 degrees, when the weather was freezing and when it rained for five days, except for the time the parade was scheduled.

    "That was some kind of divine intervention," Young said.

    Perhaps it's no coincidence that one of his favorite Ham Days memories also involved the parade.

  • Sheriff's Department investigating indoor marijuana grow

    The Marion County Sheriff's Department is investigating an indoor marijuana grow.

    The indoor growing operation with 51 plants was discovered Tuesday, March 16, in Marion County.

    Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes said they received information about the grow. He said he, Deputies Tim Abell and Tony Belcher and Kentucky State Trooper John Adams found the operation. Sheriff Carrol Kirkland was also present.

    The plants and the growing equipment were confiscated.

  • Former extension agent enters Alford plea in animal cruelty case

    A former Marion County agriculture extension agent has entered an Alford plea in a case involving accusations of cruelty to animals.

    Ed Lanham Jr., 47, of 1035 Logan Hill Road in Gravel Switch received 12 months of probation in exchange for his March 22 Alford plea.

  • Lebanon councilman not 'feeling the beat'

    Lebanon is touted as the "Heart of Kentucky" but Lebanon City Councilman Kenny Marrett isn't feeling the beat when it comes to the efforts of the local tourist and convention commission.

    Marrett discussed his concerns with the commission and Executive Director Chris Hamilton during the commission's regular monthly meeting March 8. According to Marrett, when he served on the city council years ago he was on a committee that researched whether or not to establish a tourism commission.

  • Panel has interviewed police chief candidates

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw said a new police chief may be appointed this week.

    Last week, the City of Lebanon's interview panel conducted interviews with candidates to become the next chief of police.

    The panel included Crenshaw, Lebanon City Attorney Kandice Engle-Gray, Josh McKay, Lisa Nally-Martin and Lebanon City Administrator John O. Thomas.

    Thomas said the panel chose to interview the five in-house candidates for the position. Those candidates are Lt. Joseph Bell, Sgt. Wally Brady, Sgt. Elisa McHolen, Sgt. Byron Richardson and Sgt. Greg Young.

  • Junior Mister is Saturday at MCHS

    The Marion County High School Beta Club is pleased to present the 5th annual Marion County Junior Mister Pageant this Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Roby Dome.

    This amusing event is held each year to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. There are 12 young men competing in this year's program who will perform fitness, poise, and talent presentations.

    Tickets will be sold for $5 in advance at MCHS and $7 at the door. All proceeds go to the Make A Wish Foundation.