Local News

  • Mills reintroduces bill to allow advertising on school buses

    State Rep. Terry Mills proposed a bill during the 2011 General Assembly that would allow local school boards to decide if they wanted to sell advertising on school buses. That bill won approval in the House of Representatives, but died in the Senate.

    That hasn't deterred Mills, who has prefiled a similar bill (BR 272) for the 2012 session of the state legislature.

  • Lovers Lane closed due to high waters

    Lovers Lane is closed until further notice due to high waters, according to Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson.

    A truck is also hanging off the bridge, Johnson reported.

    Drivers should avoid this road, and they should not attempt to drive in any area where water is over the road or over a bridge.

  • President pardons Loretto man

    A Loretto man has received a Presidential pardon.

    Lesley Claywood Berry Jr. of Loretto was one of five people to receive a pardon from President Barack Obama Monday, Nov. 21.

    Berry had been convicted of conspiracy to manufacture, possession with intent to distribute and distribute marijuana in 1988 in U.S. District Court in Minnesota.

    He was sentenced April 29, 1988, to three years in prison.

  • Tourist commission to meet Nov. 23

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has scheduled a special-called meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The commission has scheduled an executive session under Chapter 61.810(f) of the Kentucky Revised Statutes. This section deals with the possible hiring, firing or discipline of an employee. The commission has been searching for a new executive director since August when the former director, Chris Hamilton, accepted a position with the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Illinois.

  • Police launch Thanksgiving holiday enforcement

    Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday of the year for motorists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  This includes the four-day holiday driving period surrounding that date when heavy traffic, weather and long-distance road trips combine to create severe travel conditions.  Often, family celebrations include alcohol, which later evolves into impaired driving.  Add that to heavy holiday traffic, and you have a recipe for disaster.

  • Christmas in the Park is tonight

    Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon will be all aglow tonight when hundreds of holiday displays and lights will be turned on for the annual Christmas in the Park event.

    The event officially begins at 6:30 p.m., with free cookies and hot chocolate. The lighting of the park will occur at 7 p.m.

    Santa Claus will arrive, in style on one of Lebanon's finest fire trucks, at 7:15 p.m. The event will end at 8 p.m.

  • Dickens Christmas is Friday

    Carolers will stroll the streets, a live nativity scene will be on display and Santa will make an appearance during a parade Friday, Nov. 25, in downtown Lebanon. The Lebanon Main Street Committee and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce are once again joining together to put on the annual Dickens Christmas celebration.

    The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the community Christmas tree next to the old Marion County Courthouse on Main Street.

  • Limestone Distillery open house is Friday through Sunday

    A new microdistillery in Lebanon will be hosting an open house during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

    The Limestone Distillery, which is located on the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway between Loretto Highway and St. Rose Road, will have its open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27.

    Steve Beam, who co-owns the distillery with his brother Paul, said they want to invite the community for a sneak peak of what they've been doing.

  • Government closings for Thanksgiving

    Several government offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, and some government services will be affected as well.

    The county will not pick up garbage on Thursday, Nov. 24. Instead Friday, Nov. 25, will be a double pick up day. County residents are asked to set their trash out earlier than usual this Friday.

  • 'Tis the season at Maker's Mark Distillery