Local News

  • Disaster preparedness training starts Aug. 28

    The American Red Cross is offering a free five-session course to volunteers and other agency members who work with disaster situations.

    The sessions will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dates of the sessions are Aug. 28, Aug. 30, Sept. 11, Sept. 13 and Sept. 15. All of the sessions will be held at the David R. Hourigan Building located on Spalding Avenue in Lebanon.

    Pre-registration is required because classes are limited to 25 participants.

  • Most local races are uncontested

    On Nov. 6, voters will be casting ballots for national, state and local offices, but the local races may have already been decided.

    Unless someone files to run as a write-in candidate, there will not be any contested races for city or school board offices. The deadline for write-in candidates to file is Oct. 26.

    In Lebanon, the only candidates who have filed are the six incumbents on the Lebanon City Council. They are Jerry Abell, Denise Fogle, Jay Grundy, Kate Palagi, Jim Richardson and Darin Spalding.

  • Health status

    By Nick Schrager, correspondent

    "What would a healthy community here look like?"

    That question, and many more, was posed at the Marion County Health Forum, which was held Monday, Aug. 13, at the David Hourigan Government Center.

  • Kentucky chamber pushes education changes, other issues


    The Daily News, Bowling Green

    Lawmakers may soon join students in heading back to class, or at least they will get schooled on business recommendations for changes in state law.

    Kentucky's largest business member group, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, is getting the word out about recommendations it has for improving the state's ranking in areas that help create jobs and improve the quality of life in the state.

  • More Kentucky counties designated as drought disaster areas by feds

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT - Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced more Kentucky counties have been classified as drought disaster areas by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

    In a letter to Beshear, Vilsack declared an additional 68 Kentucky counties as primary disaster areas due to losses caused by drought conditions that began April 1 and continue to the present time, according to a news release from Beshear's office.

  • Lower tax rate increase expected

    The Marion County Board of Education is likely to increase the real estate and personal property tax rate, but at a lower rate than in past years.

    The school board has scheduled a special called meeting for a tax rate hearing and approval for 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30.

  • Superintendent: 'Outstanding' start to school year

    Marion County Public Schools resumed classes on Aug. 8, and have started the year off on the right foot, according to Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton.

    "We've had an absolutely outstanding start to our school year..." Hamilton said during his superintendent's report at the Marion County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14. "Everybody involved has made this an outstanding experience for our students."

  • Lebanon man facing sex abuse, torture charges in Richmond

    From The Richmond Register

    Joseph Patrick Trotter, 45, of Lebanon is awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing and torturing three victims under the age of 12.

    Trotter's preliminary hearing was held Aug. 8 in Madison District Court.

  • Tractor driver indicted for 17 counts of wanton endangerment, DUI

    A Popes Creek Road resident has been indicted in connection with a tractor accident while transporting individuals from the site of the Warrior Dash obstacle race held in June in Marion County.

    On Aug. 17, Steven R. Baudendistel, 44, of 1190 Popes Creek Road in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court recently for first-degree wanton endangerment (17 counts), DUI first offense (aggravator) and leaving the scene of an accident.

  • Candidates have filed for General Election

    Marion County voters will have several uncontested local races and a few contested state and national races on the Nov. 6 ballot.
    Here are the candidates who filed before the Aug. 14 deadline.

    Bradfordsville City Commission (four seats) -  Anthony Clarkson, Sandy Gribbins, Travis May and Kathleen Walls.

    Lebanon City Council (six seats) - Jerry Abell, Denise Fogle, Jay Grundy, Kate Palagi, Jim Richardson and Darin Spalding.