Local News

  • County receives CMRS grant for E-911

    The Kentucky Commercial Mobile Radio Services and Emergency Telecommunications Board has approved a $125,000 grant request by the Marion County Fiscal Court to help implement enhanced 911.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said he was informed Thursday that the county's application had been approved.

    "They approved the $125,000 grant, but it will be broken up into two phases," Mattingly said.

  • Magisterial districts may be changing

    The Marion County Fiscal Court and Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding met Friday morning with representatives from the Lincoln Trail Area Development District to review proposed changes to the county's magisterial districts.

    On Aug. 18, the county's reapportionment committee presented its recommended changes to the fiscal court. The magistrates had 60 days from that presentation to either approve the committee's recommendation or revise it.

  • Men from New Hope, Gravel Switch plead guilty to rape

    Pascal "Pat" Jones, 51, of 130 Willow Springs, New Hope, pled guilty to one count of first-degree rape. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 27.

    The remaining 111 charges against Jones were dismissed. The dismissed charges were two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy, 43 counts of first-degree sex abuse, 21 counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 16, 40 counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 18, and two counts of intimidating a witness in a legal process.

  • Restoration begins on Penn's Store; Outhouse Blowout returns

    By Ben Kleppinger

    The Advocate-Messenger

    The rains came down, literally and figuratively, in 2010 for historic Penn's Store, but 2011 is proving to be a rebuilding kind of year.

  • Louisville man arrested for rape

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested Christopher A. Sutherland, 21, of Louisville Thursday, Sept. 8, and charged him with 10 counts of third-degree rape, 10 counts of third-degree sodomy and 10 counts of first-degree sex abuse.

    According to the sheriff's office, Sutherland's arrest resulted from an investigation in which he was identified as having sexual intercourse, sexual contact and deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16 on at least 10 occasions.

  • Blackberry jam

    Chris Hamilton has moved on to a new job as the director of the Aurora Area Convention Commission, but he's remained involved with the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission. And his continued involvement has become a point of disagreement among commissioners.

    Dan Lawson, tourist commission chairman, said he asked Hamilton to help with the commission's ongoing projects until his replacement is hired.

    "I said we need to stay in contact," Lawson said.

  • Lawmakers who searched for missing Marion County man seek answers

    By Valarie Honeycutt Spears

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Republican State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills, a Democrat, say they would consider new legislation to improve Kentucky's personal care homes after both personally searched for a state ward with a brain injury who was found dead Saturday, Sept. 3 - a month after disappearing from such a home.

    "It had a profound effect on me. I've never experienced anything like that," Higdon said.

  • Tourist commission meets today, Sept. 13

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to have a special-called meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.

    The commission would normally have met on Monday, Sept. 12, but not enough members would have been able to attend that day.

    The agenda for the meeting includes:

    - Delegations: Elizabeth Creed for the Marion County Homemakers; Robin Humprhess for Kentucky Classic Theatre

  • Fiscal Court to meet Friday regarding redistricting

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has scheduled a special-called meeting at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, on the third floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center, 223 N. Spalding Avenue in Lebanon. 

    According to the agenda, the court is meeting with Mike Robinson of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District to discuss reapportionment/redistricting for the county's magisterial districts based on the 2010 Census information.

  • Christian youth rally is this weekend

    The Heart of Kentucky Christian Youth Rally is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, in Lebanon, but there has been one change.
    Friday's events will now be held at Lebanon Middle School, 200 Corporate Drive in Lebanon. Originally, they had been scheduled for Centre Square.
    The doors will open at 6 p.m. Friday. That night will include speakers and musical performance. The featured performers that night are Building 429, who are scheduled to perform at 8 p.m.