Local News

  • Jury recommends 27 years in prison for man's role in Mattingly's death

    By Jennifer Hewlett

    The Lexington Herald-Leader

    A Fayette Circuit jury has recommended 27 years in prison for Adrian Benton, 31, for his role in the death of John Mattingly III, a Marion County native and UK student who died in 2006.

  • Tornado watch in effect until 10 p.m.

    Severe weather with tornadoes possible is expected to hit south central Kentucky this afternoon. A tornado watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Eastern time.

    A tornado watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado.

    According to the National Weather Service, warm temperature and ample moisture are in place, and scattered thunderstorms are possible starting this afternoon and continuing through the evening. These storms are capable of damaging winds and hail.

  • Former deputy sheriffs plead guilty to firearms, drug trafficking charges

    Two former Washington County deputy sheriffs pled guilty May 11 in United States District Court to carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
    Norris Wayne Bartley, 43, and Billy Joe Mattingly, 42, both of Washington County, earlier pled guilty to drug trafficking charges and averted a jury trial by entering guilty pleas to the remaining firearms charge.

  • A touch of spice

  • Adoptable animals

    The 2011 Leadership Lebanon/Marion County Class, in conjunction with the Marion County Animal Shelter, hosted an adopt-a-thon Saturday, May 21, at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon. Several dogs were available for adoption, but unfortunately none of them found a new home Saturday. They are all still available for adoption, and all of them are spayed or neutered. For more information about adopting a pet from the animal shelter, call (270) 692-0464.

  • Smoke Out

    Around 6:30 Friday evening, just behind Lebanon's VFW Post, the Smokey D's team started preparing its meat for competition. This was the first time that Dustin Horton, 13, would be serving as the pitmaster.

    The first contest entries would not be turned in until noon on Saturday, but  Horton understood this was all part of the job.

    "It depends how much work you have and how much you love to do it," he said.

  • Jason Michael Carroll to perform during Ham Days concert

  • $8.6 million budget proposal includes park, aquatic center improvements

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw has proposed a 2 percent pay increase for city employees and financing the purchase of a new street sweeper as part of the 2011-12 budget. Crenshaw presented his proposal during his annual budget address during a special-called meeting of the Lebanon City Council Monday evening.

  • Drug testing program expected to cost $10 grand

    While there are still many unanswered questions regarding the implementation of a student drug-testing program at Marion County High School, one thing is certain. The high school is going to need more money to make it happen.

    The Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition has provided $5,000 to be used for student drug testing, but it's likely MCHS will need an additional $5,000, at least.

  • Memorial Day program is Sunday

    The VFW Marple Caldwell Post 5910 will be hosting a Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lebanon National Cemetery.

    The Marion County High School band will perform, and the guest speaker will be Major Joe W. Warren Jr.

    Warren enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard in 1986. He served a tour of duty during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he is scheduled to deploy to Bosnia next year.