Local News

  • Tourist chairman stepping down

    Dan Lawson's time as chairman of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is nearing an end.

    At the end of Monday's meeting Lawson announced that he would be stepping down as chairman at the end of the year. While he is resigning as an officer, he plans to remain a tourist commissioner.

    He will continue to serve as chairman through December.

    After the meeting, Lawson said he has "too many irons in the fire" at this time.

  • Uniforms or no uniforms: That is the question

    Approximately 30 people attended a town hall meeting Monday evening at Marion County High School to discuss the possibility of uniforms/dress code for Marion County Public Schools.

    The crowd was mixed with parents, students and school employees who were in favor of uniforms and/or a district-wide dress code and others who were opposed to uniforms.

  • Judicial center lawsuit filed

    While local and state officials gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Marion County Judicial Center last week, a civil lawsuit was filed related to the construction of the building.

    Maynard and Mitchell Interiors, Inc., filed a complaint Nov. 9 against the Marion County Fiscal Court, Codell Construction, and Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America.

  • Injury lawsuit pending against county

    A Lebanon man has filed a lawsuit against Marion County, the Marion County Barn, Road Supervisor Tommy Lee and two John Does as a result of injuries he suffered from a fall while working on the roof of the county barn.

    James C. Smith Jr. of 3420 Hwy. 208 in Lebanon filed a complaint Sept. 29 against the county seeking compensation for damages, costs and any other relief to which he may be entitled. The county filed its reply to the lawsuit Oct. 20.

  • Epps pleads guilty to DUI

    Former Marion County High School boys basketball coach Anthony Epps has pled guilty to a charge of driving under the influence stemming from an arrest June 18.

    Epps, 36, of 337 Long Avenue in Lebanon entered a guilty plea Nov. 7 in Marion District Court. He has been ordered to complete a 90-day alcohol dependency program and he was ordered to pay a $200 fine and $375 service fee. Prior to sentencing he completed a 30-day license suspension, and he has completed a 20-hour DUI education program.

  • Democrats win five of six races

    Democrats won five statewide races in Marion County and Kentucky on Election Day, Nov. 8. The only Republican to win was James Comer in the race for Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Here are the statewide and local results for each race:

    - Gov. Steve Beshear (D) won re-election easily with 55.72 percent of the vote. Beshear received a total of 464,245 votes.

  • MCPS Audit: Room to improve

    A school's audit report doesn't usually make big headlines unless there are big problems.

    And, while there were no big problems with the Marion County Public Schools' 2010-11 audit report, the auditors did make several recommendations, all of them concerning the superintendent's travel expenditures and reimbursements.

  • Back to home base

    As the country commemorated Veterans Day, the occasion was cause for celebration for a different reason for five Marion County families.

    Five local soldiers - Sgt. Anthony Clark, Sgt. Steven Glover, Cpt. Justin Roederer, Sgt. James "Tim" Smothers and Spc. Robert "B.J." Thompson Jr. - returned home in October following a nine-month tour of duty with the 8-229th Aviation Regiment, the "Flying Tigers" of the U.S. Army Reserve.

  • Walking for Kara

    It's been 16 months since Kara Tingle Rigdon was last seen, but her family and friends continue to search for answers about her disappearance.

    On Saturday morning, nearly 50 people participated in the Walk for Answers to raise money for a search team to assist with the ongoing investigation of Kara's disappearance.

  • Tourist commission meets Nov. 14

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in room 300 at the Centre Square Convention Center in Lebanon.

    The items on the agenda include:

    - Delegation from Robin Humphress

    - Approve of minutes of meetings from September, October and November.

    - Treasurer's report

    - Executive director's report

    - New Business: Remaining November radio marketing and December marketing plan and ads.