Local News

  • Barktoberfest is Saturday

    Barktoberfest returns to Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon Saturday, Oct. 9.

    Registration begins at noon, and the contests will be held between 1 and 4 p.m. that day.

    The contests in this year's Barktoberfest include best costume, smallest dog, largest dog, talent, best tail wag, owner-dog look-alike contest and an agility course. Registration is $5 per dog, and all proceeds go to benefit the Marion County Animal Shelter.

    All dogs 4 months or older must have a current rabies tag attached to their collars.

  • Fiscal Court meets at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for today's meeting is as follows:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - KACo/CoLT ordinance/loan agreement for the jail roof project

    - Update to the Marion County Detention Center policies and procedures

    - Memorandum of agreement between the Marion County Detention Center and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

  • KSP conducting death investigation

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of Robert T. Hughes, 21, of Lebanon.

    He was found Monday, Sept. 27, at approximately 4:52 p.m. in his residence by family members.

  • Loretto mayoral candidate: Robert G. Miles

    Robert G. Miles

  • 'Spectacular'

    Clear skies and cooler temperatures welcomed an estimated crowd of more than 30,000 people to Marion County Country Ham Days over the weekend.

    "Overall, I thought things ran very, very smoothly," Marion County Chamber of Commerce President Brad Mattingly said. "We had spectacular weather."

    This year, 4,780 breakfasts were served over the weekend, 500 more than last year, Mattingly said.

    Individual events drew good numbers as well.

  • Property owner is on the clock

    Frank Spragens had one question when he arrived at the Sept. 20 meeting of the Lebanon Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Board.   "Is this the Inquisition?" he said, jokingly.

    Spragens owns three properties - 322 and 412 S. Proctor Knott Ave and 226 W. Chandler Street - that have been cited four times apiece under the city's property maintenance ordinance. All together, the fines issued against those properties have reached a total of $4,050.

  • Making the grade?

    Great things are happening in Marion County Public Schools, according to Superintendent Donald Smith, but recently released test scores show that some of its students, and three of its seven schools, are falling behind.

    Last week, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released test scores, which showed that local African American students are struggling in mathematics and students with disabilities are falling behind in reading.

  • 'Mafia' movie made in Marion County

    For ticket information, visit www.darkwoodscon.com or www.visitlebanonky.com or call (270) 692-0021.   The City of Lebanon probably isn't going to turn into the next Hollywood, but a few independent filmmakers thought it was a perfect place to shoot a movie.

    And that movie will debut at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Centre Square to kick off Dark Woods Con 1.5, which continues through Sunday, Oct. 3.

  • Tax postcards coming soon

    The Marion County Sheriff's Department will be collecting taxes for 2010 this Friday, Oct. 1.

    Property owners should be aware that tax bills will look different this year. This year's bills are being printed on postcards and mailed. The tax bills will not be placed in envelopes as they have been in previous years.

  • KSP continues investigation of Rigdons

    Last week, the Kentucky State Police conducted a search at the residences of Joey and Billy Rigdon.

    KSP Public Affairs Officer Billy Gregory said they are not releasing any new information at this time although additional charges may be possible in the future. He did say the majority of the search was conducted at Joey Rigdon's house, however.

    Sept. 20, William Joseph "Joey" Rigdon, his sons William Robert "Bobby" Rigdon and William David "Billy" Rigdon, and Wendy F. Rigdon were taken into custody.