Local News

  • County tax rates remain the same

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has decided to keep a few things the same, namely its tax rates.

    During its Aug. 4 meeting, the court voted unanimously to keep its 2011 tax rates the same as last year.

    The county's real estate tax rate will remain 8.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The tangible tax rate and the vehicle property tax rate will both stay at 10.9 cents per $100 valuation.

    In other county business:

  • Murder trial expected to start Aug. 22

    The Campbellsville woman accused of killing her husband, a Lebanon police officer, is scheduled to appear in court at least one more time before facing a jury.

    Tonya Ford was in court Tuesday, Aug. 2, for another hearing in the case that accuses her of shooting David M. Ford on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November.

    Tuesday's hearing before Taylor Circuit Judge Dan Kelly lasted five minutes.

  • Cinema at the Square set for Aug. 19

    The Marion County Public Library will mark the end of its summer reading program with a celebration at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Centre Square. Admission is free.

    The library will be hosting its annual Cinema at the Square event, and this year's feature film will be "Tangled". The movie will be projected onto an inflatable outdoor screen when it gets dark.

  • Kara Rigdon Reward Fund reaches $11,000

    The Kara Tingle Rigdon Reward Fund is up to $11,000.

    Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements said Thursday that his office would contribute $2,000 from asset forfeiture funds toward the reward.

    The county's donation comes a few weeks after the City of Lebanon contributed $5,000 from the Lebanon Police Department's asset forfeiture funds.

  • A day of family fun

    Les Rakes has visited Branson, Mo., and a few other places. Based on what he's seen, he thinks he can provide even better entertainment.

    And he intends to do it, right here in Lebanon.

    Rakes, 70, is planning an event he's calling The Wipeout for Saturday, Aug. 20, at Centre Square.

    "More or less, it's just a family event," Rakes said.

    No alcohol or tobacco will be allowed, but everyone is encouraged to have fun.

  • Tourism director resigns

    Lebanon will be looking for a new tourism executive director soon.

    On Monday, Chris Hamilton told the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission that his final day as Lebanon's tourism director will be Aug. 19. Hamilton has accepted an offer to become the executive director of the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Illinois.

    "I've had a great experience, and I got a great education here," Hamilton said. "But this is simply too huge. I can't pass up this opportunity."

  • Prayer service tonight for missing Lebanon native

    There are still no valid leads regarding the whereabouts of Lebanon native Larry Lee, 32, who walked away from a Pendleton County personal-care home Aug. 4.

    Lee, who has an acquired brain injury, is a ward of the state as part of a severe brain injury program, according to his sister, Melissa Lee Knight of Lebanon. Lee is schizophrenic, bipolar, and diabetic, and he walked away from Falmouth Care Home in Pendleton County with no medication, money, I.D., food or water, as far as his family knows, Knight said.

  • Hamilton resigns as tourism director

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission will be searching for a new executive director soon.

    Chris Hamilton announced Monday that he has accepted an offer to become the executive director of the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Aurora is a suburb of Chicago.

    Hamilton made his announcement at the end of the meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

  • UPDATE: Head-on collision injures two Springfield women

    A head-on collision, which occurred on Springfield Highway at 2:25 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8, injured two Springfield residents.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, Jane Coulter, 80, of Springfield was driving a 2003 Ford northbound on Springfield Highway when she crossed the center line and struck a 1982 Chevrolet head-on, which was being driven by Keith Wiley, 25, of Willisburg. Coulter and a passenger in her vehicle, Doris Coulter, 84, of Springfield were transported to Spring View Hospital. Wiley was not injured. They were all wearing seat belts.

  • Lebanon City Council meets at 7 p.m.

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

    The following items are on the agenda for that meeting:

    - Jerry Evans or Desmond Spalding regarding a street closing

    - Lisa Kearnes regarding a noise variance for the Battle of the Bands

    - Joe or Stacey Hickey of Joe's Deli on Main regarding a noise variance

    - Elmer or Joey George of McB's regarding a noise variance