Local News

  • Council discusses facilities plan

    Engineers from CDP Engineers spoke with the Lebanon City Council during its special-called meeting Monday night about the city's facilities plan.

    Cities are required to update their plans at a minimum of once every 20 years, according to Ken Roseman of CDP. The City of Lebanon last completed a facilities plan in 1994.

  • He's a good man, DENNIS BROWN

    What has Brown done for you? Quite a bit if you are a student in Marion County.

    Dennis Brown has helped local sports programs, worked to improve the equipment available to local technical school students, and generally been an active member of the community.

    It's those contributions, above and beyond his duties as TG Kentucky's general manager general administration division that led the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce to make Brown the first winner of its newest award, Outstanding Industry Manager.

  • County hasn't given up on E-911

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly and the Marion County Fiscal court are going back to the drawing board this week to begin the process of acquiring Enhanced 911 services for Marion County.

    Mattingly and other community members were scheduled to meet with John Patterson, Commercial Mobile Radio Service administrator, yesterday to discuss the county's next steps. According to Mattingly, the county had submitted an E-911 grant to the Commercial Mobile Radio Service Board last summer. However, that grant was rejected because of a technicality, he said.

  • Seven apply for police chief

    The City of Lebanon has received seven applications from individuals seeking to become the next police chief.

    Five members of the Lebanon Police Department - Lt. Joe Bell, school resource officer Wally Brady, Sgt. Elisa McHolan, Sgt. Byron Richardson and Sgt. Greg Young - have applied. The other two applicants are Alan Riggs of Campbellsville and John R. Riley of Goodells, Mich.

    Shelton Young retired as police chief at the end of January. Sgt. Mike Luckett is serving as the interim police chief.

  • Jail, prison residents will count toward local population

    As federal officials gear up for the 2010 Census, a few people are questioning how the census counts inmates and prisoners.

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said he tries to keep the daily count at the Marion County Detention Center around 290. The center is a 297-bed facility that house local, state and federal detainees and prisoners.

    Arvil Chapman, the warden at Marion Adjustment Center, said the average population at MAC is approximately 815 prisoners.

  • Education is the key, black history speaker says

    Charlene Hampton Holloway was arrested when she was 13 years old.

    She was arrested for participating in a march in downtown Louisville in 1961. The march was intended to raise awareness about businesses that discriminated against African-Americans.

    "I wasn't afraid," Holloway said. "I felt like they would release me to my parents or my grandparents."

    After her first arrest, she was taken to jail, but that didn't discourage her and others from continuing to march. The second time, she was taken to a children's center.

  • Local legislators like having lobbyists' input

    Jimmy Higdon admits that he did not have a good impression of lobbyists before he was elected as a state representative in 2002. Today, Higdon is still part of the General Assembly as a state senator, but he has a more favorable impression of what lobbyists do.

    "Generally, when you say lobbyist, most people will think negatively," he said. "That's what I thought until I came to Frankfort and got into the process."

  • Black History Celebration Feb. 28

    The Marion County chapter of the NAACP will host its annual Black History Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Centre Square. This year's event will include guest speakers Charlene Hampton and Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith.

    Hampton is a member of St. Stephen Church in Louisville. She is the author of the book "Whitlock's Composition."

    Smith is in his first year as the superintendent of Marion County Public Schools. He is the first African-American male appointed as a superintendent in Kentucky.

  • Road to success?

    When the Lebanon bypass opened in July of 2008, it was expected to put Marion County in the fast lane toward progress.

    The new road was intended to give commuters better access to the county and alleviate traffic congestion in downtown. It was also expected that new stores and businesses would locate along the bypass.

  • Tornado warning test planned for Tuesday

    Tuesday, March 2, the National Weather Service will be conducting a statewide tornado drill at 10:07 a.m.

    This is a test, but the test will be conducted using the live code "TOR", the same code used during an actual tornado warning. The National Weather Service will specify that Tuesday morning's drill is only a test, but TV crawls will display a "Tornado Warning" message.

    Using the live code is necessary because that is the only way the weather alerting equipment will function properly.