Local News

  • Revised tourism budget approved

    The Lebanon City Council approved the revised 2010-11 budget for the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission on May 9. The revised budget includes $12,000 for the Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest, which will take place this weekend, May 20-21, in Lebanon.

    The commission, which also met May 9, received 2011-12 budget and planning recommendations from Executive Director Chris Hamilton. Under the budget recommendations, the commission is projected to receive $584,732 in revenue and to have $446,589.113 in expenses.

  • More than $10,000 raised for Japanese relief effort

    In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, the City of Lebanon, the Marion County Economic Development Office and the Marion County Fiscal Court created a relief fund to assist the victims of the natural disaster.

    Last week, the employees of TBMK presented a donation of $755.11 to the fund. As of last Friday, $10,165.11 has been collected for the relief effort.

  • Social Security switching to direct deposit

    Anyone who signs up for Social Security benefits after May 1 is required to sign up for electronic payments (direct deposit). Current Social Security recipients will be required to switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the All-Electronic Treasury Initiative in an effort to better serve the community. The goal is to eliminate paper checks and to have all Social Security and Supplemental Income payments delivered electronically.

  • Drug testing only to include students, for now

    There are still many unanswered questions regarding the implementation of student drug testing at Marion County High School, but the committee charged with developing a drug testing policy is working to resolve those issues before fall sports begin July 15.

    Last week, the Marion County Public Schools Drug Testing Implementation Committee met with school board attorney Joe Mattingly to discuss the legalities of student drug testing and the next steps that need to be taken.

  • Interviews for MCHS principal are Friday

    The Marion County school district recently hired a new superintendent and Marion County High School could soon hire a new principal.

    Monday evening, members of the MCHS site-based decision making council reviewed a total of eight applications and they plan to interview the top three candidates Friday. (Originally, 10 people applied for the job, but two withdrew.)

    Stacey Hall, Glenn Spalding and Greg Suhr are the finalists to become the next MCHS principal.

  • Another stop on the Bourbon Trail

    The newest name in Marion County's distillers is an old name in the whiskey business. Brothers Steve and Paul Beam hope to begin making their own whiskey, rum and bourbon before the end of the year.

    Steve Beam said their great-great-grandfather, JW. Dant, operated a distillery in Marion County 175 years ago. Both of their grandfathers were distillers as well.

    "We hope to continue the tradition of making fine hand-crafted small batch spirits," Steve Beam said.

  • Letting teens be teens

    Teenagers are not adults, nor are they children, yet too often society expects them to act like adults, according to Scoot Crandall of Team Fort Collins. Adolescence is a time of transition, and it's important for everyone to understand that.

    "The process can be kind of confusing. It can be very challenging, but it can also be very sweet," Crandall told a room of more than 300 people May 10 at the Marion County Extension Office.

  • 2011 Primary Election results

    The 2011 Primary Election results are in, and Senate President David L. Williams will be squaring off with Gov. Steve Beshear in November.

    On the Republican side, David L. Williams had a comfortable lead statewide with 48.22 percent of the vote in the GOP gubernatorial primary race. Williams received 68,512 vote. Phil Moffett had 53,964 votes and Bobbie Holsclaw had 19,609 votes.

    In Marion County, Williams received 108 votes. Moffett received 77 votes, and Holsclaw received 28 votes.

    Here is a breakdown of the rest of the primary races.

  • MCHS site-based council to interview three principal candidates

    The Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council has reached the next step in its search for the next high school principal.

    Stacey Hall, Glenn Spalding and Greg Suhr are the finalists to become the next MCHS principal.

    Hall is the current assistant principal and athletics director at MCHS. He was also one of the finalists last year when the site-based council was unable to reach an agreement about who the principal should be.

  • Judge/executive tells jury about son's final days

    By Jennifer Hewlett

    The Lexington Herald-Leader

    Courtroom spectators sobbed as Marion County Judge-Executive John G. Mattingly Jr. described in Fayette Circuit Court on Monday the final 47 days of his 23-year-old son's life.