Local News

  • Commission selects new chairman; no decision on executive director

    Brad Lanham has been elected to serve as the chairman of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    Current Chairman Dan Lawson announced in November that he would be stepping down as chairman at the end of the calendar year. He said that he had too many commitments at this time, and needed to step back a bit.

    Lawson will continue to serve as a commissioner.

  • Young Democrats seeking to host convention

    Joey George and Trey Abell of the Marion County Young Democrats went before the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Monday to request a free use of Angelic Hall and an adjacent classroom. George and Abell said Lebanon is being considered as a host site for the 2012 Kentucky Young Democrats convention.

  • Commission discusses meeting times

    Commissioner Dennis George asked the commission to consider a change to its regular meeting times during Monday's meeting.

    He pointed out that in correspondence between the mayor and the commission, he had asked them to consider when they schedule their meetings.

    George said most city committees and commissions meet at a time when the public is able to attend. He questioned if 3:30 p.m. on Mondays was a convenient time for most citizens.

  • Lebanon man arrested for attempted murder

    A Lebanon man has been arrested on a charge of attempting to murder his wife. James C. Smith, 51, of Lebanon was arrested at 4:37 a.m. Dec. 10 at 3450 Hwy. 208 by the Kentucky State Police. 

    According to the Kentucky State Police, Kathy Smith, James Smith's wife, wrestled a gun away from James Smith. She then fled the scene with her daughter and one of her daughter's friends. She was not injured in the incident.

  • Lebanon City Council meets Dec. 12

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m Monday at city hall.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    - Delegations

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Payment of bills

    - Department reports

    - Old business

  • Tourist commission meets Dec. 12

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet in regular session at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Centre Square Convention Center in Conference Room 300.

    Items on the agenda include an executive session for personnel matters (which could include a possible appointment of a new executive director) and the appointment of a new chairperson for the commission.

  • Fiscal court meeting Saturday, Dec. 10

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has scheduled a special-called meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for the meeting includes two items.

    The first is a discussion of the fiscal impact of the Marion County Detention Center on the Marion County Fiscal Court budget.

    The second item is an executive session per KRS 61.810(1) (f), which regards the possible appointment of an employee.    

  • Wreaths Across America is Saturday

    The annual Wreaths Across America will take place at noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Lebanon National Cemetery.

    This year is the 20th anniversary of Maine wreaths being donated for placement on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. National Wreaths Across American organizers are projecting that more than 150,000 volunteers will place more than 400,000 wreaths at more than 600 participating locations across the United States.

  • New trials ordered in Knoxville double-homicide case

    Four years ago, the body of 21-year-old Channon Christian was found at a house in Knoxville, Tenn. The body of her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, 23, was found near some railroad tracks.

    Five people - including three who were arrested in Lebanon - were convicted of various crimes in connection with those deaths, but four of them will receive new trials as a result of official misconduct by the judge who presided over their trials.

  • Looking for dollars

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has dipped into its coffers twice this year to help fund the operation of the Marion County Detention Center. In many counties, the court paying for jail expenses would not be unusual, but in Marion County, the detention center operated without local tax money from December of 2003 through September of 2011.

    "I prepared the court that it would probably be a redline year," Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said. "I just didn't know the significance of what it would be."