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  • Local officials aim to prevent horse neglect

    Horse neglect is on the rise in the United States and, according to local animal control officials, it's a growing problem in Marion County as well.

    Recently, Marion County Sheriff Carroll Kirkland reported to the Marion County Fiscal Court about a situation on Sulphur Lick Road. A woman was concerned about the condition of some horses, and she wanted the county to do something about it. At the time, there wasn't much the county could do, but Vicki Hazelip of the Marion County Animal Shelter and Animal Control Officer Jeff Wooldridge spoke with the owner of the horses.

  • Indoor marijuana growing operation found

    On Thursday, May 21, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies obtained and executed a search warrant in Marion County resulting in the seizure of an indoor marijuana growing operation containing 141 marijuana plants and indoor growing equipment.

    The incident is still under investigation and an arrest is expected.

    More information will be reported on this as it becomes available.

  • LPD's officer's killer still at large

    It's been nearly four months since Lebanon Police Officer David Ford was murdered and no arrests have been made in connection with the crime.

    This past Sunday, Ford would have celebrated his 41st birthday. It was a difficult day for Ford's brother, Darrell, and the rest of his family.

    "I'm having a hard time dealing with it," Darrell said.

    Darrell said he has remained in close contact with detectives and that they are still waiting on evidence and lab results before they can make an arrest.

  • Lebanon City Council to meet Tuesday

    The Lebanon City Council will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at city hall.

  • BBB warns of strange phone calls

    The Better Business Bureau received phone calls from consumers across Kentucky and Southern Indiana all day Thursday, May 21, saying they were contacted overnight at 3, 4, and 5 a.m. in the morning. It is a robo call saying that their financial accounts have been compromised and to push 1 to continue.   Another scenario is a robo call saying the interest rate on your credit card is going up if you don't do something about it right now, press 1 to continue. When the consumer hits one, it asks for the consumer's account numbers.

  • Lebanon City Council, board of education holding special meetings Friday

    The Lebanon City Council and the Marion County Board of Education have each scheduled special-called meetings Friday, May 29.

    The city council will meet at noon at city hall regarding a contract with Beverly Mings to operate the pool concession stand under the pavilion at Graham Memorial Park.

  • Hamilton to lead Mercer County school district

    When interviewing for the Marion County superintendent position in March, Chuck Hamilton told community leaders and the board of education that he would be a superintendent somewhere, even if it weren't here.

    And he meant it.

    Last week, he was named the next superintendent of Mercer County schools.

    The Mercer County Board of Education made the announcement during a special-called meeting Thursday.

  • 'Click It or Ticket' campaign underway

    State and local law enforcement will be watching closely for drivers who are not wearing their seat belts during this year's "Click It or Ticket" Campaign.   The campaign started Monday and lasts until May 31.

    The Lebanon Police Department received a grant to participate in the program this year, according to Officer Brandon Blair.

    The Kentucky State Police reported that 274 people have died in traffic accidents on state highways as of May 14, and 127 of the people who died were not wearing seat belts. 

  • Rancho Poultry won't build in Lebanon

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced last July that Rancho Poultry would open a $43-million, 100,000-square-foot chicken processing plant in Lebanon.

    Last week, Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund said that's not going to happen after all.

    "It's the economy," Lund said.

  • Child safety seat inspection May 27

    Free child safety seat inspections will take place next week in Lebanon. The inspections are sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, Marion County Health Department and Marion County EMS.

    The inspections will take place between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Marion County EMS Building, 436 W. Walnut Street in Lebanon.

    Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be educating people about the correct installation and usage of child safety seats. They will also check seats for damage and for seats that have been recalled.