Local News

  • Zoo fined for train wreck

    The Louisville Zoo has been fined $37,000 as a result of a train turning over June 1, 2009. State inspectors concluded that excessive speed, the train's poor mechanical condition and inadequate training for the operator were factors in the train tipping on its side.

    The zoo was cited for six violations by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Office of Consumer and Environmental Protection, Division of Regulation and Inspection, Amusement Rides Branch.

  • St. Catharine College announces $150 million expansion

    The future is looking bright at St. Catharine College, and in many ways, the future is now.

    SCC President William D. Huston unveiled the college's new Vision 2025 plan Wednesday. That plan includes several campus over the next 15 years at an estimated cost of $150 million.

  • County offices make changes for Easter weekend

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly has reported a change in the garbage collection schedule for Friday, April 2. Due to the Easter weekend, the road department will run a short scheduled on Friday. As a result garbage collection may run earlier than usual.

    County residents are asked to put their garbage out a little earlier than usual for pick up this Friday.

    Saturday, April 3, the David R. Hourigan Government Center, the PVA's Office, the County Judge's Office and the County Clerk's Office will be closed.

  • Police looking for missing 14-year-old

    The Lebanon Police have issued a missing person's report for Fernanda Ponce, 14.

    Ponce was last seen March 26. She is a Hispanic female. No picture is available at this time.

    The police have also issued a kidnapping report in connection with this case.

    Anyone with information about Ponce's location should call the Lebanon Police at 692-2121 or the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

  • Police searching for inmate that escaped while doing community service

    Lebanon Police are looking for James Shell, 45, an inmate who was being housed at the Marion County Detention Center.

    Shell was performing community service at the Marion County Animal Shelter when he walked away around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 17.

    Shell is a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 260 pounds. The photo provided shows Shell with a beard. However, he is currently clean-shaven, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    Shell had been serving a five years sentence for flagrant non-support. He was convicted June 17, 2008.

  • Spring View Hospital CEO resigns

    Spring View Hospital is in the midst of an $8 million expansion, and it's also in search for a new chief executive officer.

    Mike Sherrod, who has been Spring View's CEO since December of 2007, announced his resignation March 15.

  • Headlong

    Wearing his hair short is nothing new for Angel Pasqual. He was a Marine for eight years.

    But for the last four years, Pasqual has participated in St. Baldrick's as a member of the Marion Adjustment Center team.

    "I figure this is for a better cause," he said.

    Pasqual has a personal reason to participate as well. Both his parents had cancer.

    "I just hate to see somebody's little kid go through that," he said.

  • Community servant

    Shelton Young can't remember a time when he wasn't involved with Ham Days. He recalls Ham Days when the temperature exceeded 100 degrees, when the weather was freezing and when it rained for five days, except for the time the parade was scheduled.

    "That was some kind of divine intervention," Young said.

    Perhaps it's no coincidence that one of his favorite Ham Days memories also involved the parade.

  • Sheriff's Department investigating indoor marijuana grow

    The Marion County Sheriff's Department is investigating an indoor marijuana grow.

    The indoor growing operation with 51 plants was discovered Tuesday, March 16, in Marion County.

    Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes said they received information about the grow. He said he, Deputies Tim Abell and Tony Belcher and Kentucky State Trooper John Adams found the operation. Sheriff Carrol Kirkland was also present.

    The plants and the growing equipment were confiscated.

  • Former extension agent enters Alford plea in animal cruelty case

    A former Marion County agriculture extension agent has entered an Alford plea in a case involving accusations of cruelty to animals.

    Ed Lanham Jr., 47, of 1035 Logan Hill Road in Gravel Switch received 12 months of probation in exchange for his March 22 Alford plea.