Local News

  • The Smithsonian is coming to Lebanon


    Clubs that brought acts like Ike and Tina Turner and Jerry Lee Lewis to Marion County are now just a memory, but Lebanon will have another chance to celebrate music history in 2012.

  • Doggone

    A St. Francis man has been charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly shooting a dog, and many of his neighbors are afraid that if their pets roam too far from home they may never return.

    On Jan. 24, Richard Niles, 70, of 580 St. Francis Road was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, a Class A misdemeanor. He has pled not guilty.

  • No school today, Tuesday, Feb. 8

    Marion County Public Schools are closed today, Tuesday, Feb. 8, because of snowy, slick road conditions.

    According to The Weather Channel, today the high will only read 26 degrees, and tomorrow snow showers will be developing in the afternoon. There is a 40 percent chance of snow tomorrow afternoon. Scattered snow showers are also expected during the evening.

  • City Council to meet Feb. 7

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7.

    The following items are on the agenda for the Feb. 7 meeting:

    - Tom Lund will present the annual report for the Marion County Industrial Foundation.

    - Gary White of Channel 6 will talk to the council about use of the city's back-up video tower.

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Payment of bills

    - Reports

    - Old Business

    - New Business:

  • Fiscal court to meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 3

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Feb 3.

    Items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of previous meeting

    - Presentation of the Marion County Economic Development Office annual report

    - Resolution and Homeland Security grant application for the detention center

    - Consider boiler replacement at the courthouse - AOC proposed assistance offer

    - Considers use of funds allocated for the tech school and reimbursement of funds

    - Department reports

  • Fire destroys Hourigan Lane home

    Wednesday morning, Billy Hays started a fire in a wood stove in his house on Hourigan Lane like he does many mornings. He then went to the Hart Mart on Danville Highway, but while he was there, someone called to let him know a house was on fire on Hourigan Lane.

    Hays, 75, went home to 1420 Hourigan Lane and found that it was on fire.

    "I lost everything I got there," he said.

  • Police make arrest in Tuesday shooting

    The victim of the Tuesday, Feb. 1, shooting on High Street in Lebanon has been released from the hospital and the alleged shooter has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

    Pam Pittman, 60, was shot while sitting on the couch in her home located at 213 W. High Street in Lebanon. Pittman was released from the hospital Wednesday, Feb. 2, according to Lebanon Police Officer Daniel Forbis.

  • Tech center engineer position still on the table

    The Marion County Area Technology Center could soon have an engineer on staff.

    Last week, the Marion County Board of Education was very close to approving the hiring of a temporary engineer for the tech center at a cost of $75,000. But, some unanswered questions regarding where exactly the funding for the position would come from led to the majority of the board voting to table the decision until its Feb. 8 meeting.

  • Smith resigns as superintendent

    What a difference a month and three new school board members make.

    In less than a month's time, the Marion County Board of Education has reached an agreement with Superintendent Donald Smith for his resignation, hired an interim superintendent and has begun the process to hire a new superintendent.

  • Angelic Hall 'needs to be used more'

    During a recent meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, Commissioner Tom Lund said he was disappointed that Angelic Hall was not utilized during the holiday season.

    Lund had noticed many communities were having Christmas plays and concerts while Angelic Hall sat empty, he said in a telephone interview.

    "It's just too nice a facility to leave sitting there," Lund said.