Local News

  • Woman arrested a second time for spray-painting court

    Deanna Rupa was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal mischief that was spray-painted on a city-owned basketball court Feb. 8 on Cleaver Court in Lebanon.

    On March 31, Rupa, 43, of 213 N. Proctor Knott Avenue was arrested a second time for third-degree criminal mischief. The second arrest was in connection with a second incident of vandalism at the Cleaver Court basketball court on March 6.

  • 2012 Kentucky Writers Day celebration April 20-22

    The 2012 Kentucky Writers Day celebration will take place April 20-22 at Historic Penn's Store in Gravel Switch, along with several host locations.

    Since 1997, the weekend event has celebrated the written word, Kentucky writers, and the state of Kentucky's official Writers Day.

    Poets, authors, writers, journalists, playwrights and songwriters of varying genres will perform throughout the three-day, four-venue, weekend event, which is free to the public.

  • Enjoying the great outdoors

    Enjoy the great outdoors - that was the overall message during Friday's grand opening of the newly renovated Cecil L. Gorley Naturalist Trail in Lebanon. Elaine Wilson, executive director of the Kentucky Office for Adventure Tourism, was in attendance and gave a message from Gov. Steve Beshear who was unable to attend.

  • Limestone Branch Distillery fills first barrel

    Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon celebrated its grand opening Saturday, April 14. The distillery, owned by brothers Steve and Paul Beam, filled its first bourbon barrel. The Beam brothers allowed everyone in attendance to sign the barrel, which was made by Kentucky Cooperage. Those people will also get first dibs on the bourbon once it's aged.

  • Sisters of Loretto turning 200

    In 1812, Mary Rhodes, Christina Stuart and Ann Havern took their vows at St. Charles Catholic Church in St. Mary becoming the founding members of the Sisters of Loretto under the guidance of Fr. Charles Nerinckx.

    Two hundred years later, the order has had 3,133 members who have reached across the globe. Today, the order's 215 sisters and 214 co-members are active in 31 states and 11 countries.


    "Popping the question" is a tradition usually reserved for adults, but within the past few years, high schoolers have been making proposals of their own... Promposals.

    What used to be a simple question has grown into an elaborate undertaking.

    Just ask Marion County High School senior Jeffrey Ray. He took the task of asking his girlfriend to prom to new heights, literally.

  • School district sticking to its boundary lines

    Marion County Superintendent Chuck Hamilton said the school district is starting to get requests from parents for specific schools for their children next year, and he wanted to remind the public that the district plans to stick to its district boundary lines.

    "We are sticking very closely to the attendance boundaries that were established by the board some years ago," Hamilton said during the school board's regular monthly meeting Tuesday of last week. "We really have to do this because all of our schools are full."

  • No decision on pill mill bill, road plan funding

    Once again, the legislature will be working overtime.

    April 12 was the final day of the 2012 regular session of the General Assembly, and on Friday, April 13, Gov. Steve Beshear issued a call for a special session, which started Monday, to address two issues: the transportation budget and the pill mill bill, legislation aimed at addressing the availability of prescription drugs.

    Beshear blamed his 2011 election opponent, Senate President David Williams, for the need to call the session.

  • State commission investigating incident at Raywick bar

    The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is gathering information about an April 5 incident at Susie's Bottoms Up in Raywick, in which multiple people said they were initially denied entrance to the bar because of their race.

    According to individuals who visited the bar that night, African-Americans were not being allowed inside, allegedly as a response to an incident the previous week.

  • Obstacle race is coming to Marion County

    The Warrior Dash is coming to Marion County.
    As of Tuesday morning, the Warrior Dash website lists Pope's Creek Ranch, 2300 Ed Sullivan Road in Lebanon, as the "battleground" for a race on June 23.
    The Warrior Dash is the world's largest running series. Its races feature a boot-camp style obstacles along a 3.4-mile course.
    "We are very excited about this," said Nicky Reynolds, the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.