Local News

  • Popping the question!

    Many people, men and women alike, are on the prowl for unusual and memorable ways to propose marriage to their loved ones. The proposal can be simple, with just the two of you and a few props, or it can be based on an elaborate scheme requiring complex planning and numerous accomplices.

    Did your husband (or wife) surprise you with a unique, elaborate or funny proposal?

  • MLK Jr. Day events Sunday

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated Sunday, Jan. 15. Two local events will take place in connection with that celebration.

    The United Concerned Citizens will host their annual Martin Luther King Jr. walk at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. The walk will begin at the Lebanon Post Office.

  • City approves second reading of annexations

    The Lebanon City Council approved the second reading of three property annexations Monday evening.

    The properties are located at 985 Bradfordsville Highway, 915 Bradfordsville Highway, and in the right of way on Hwy. 49 on the city's northern boundary.

    The annexations will take effect upon official publication.

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  • News briefs

    Fiscal court approves additional redistricting funds

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has completed its plan to realign the magisterial districts based on the 2010 Census. Now, the county needs to adjust its precinct boundaries.

  • Hat's off

    Jerry Evans takes his membership in the Prince Hall Shriners quite seriously.

    "When I wear that fez, I wear it with absolute pride," Evans said. "It represents what Shrinerdom is all about."

    And to Evans, being a Shriner is about making a difference in his community.

    His efforts have been noticed. In 2011, he was named the Deputy of the Year at the Prince Hall Shriners National Convention in Cincinnati.

  • Cream of the Crop

    In the eyes of Kentucky Farm Bureau, Marion County is the "Top County" in the state.

    The Top County award has been presented for nearly four decades, and the 2011 prize was given to the Marion County chapter during the annual state convention in December in Louisville.

    "All 120 counties in the state have county Farm Bureaus. That obviously makes the competition a little stiffer," said Dan Smaldone, director of public relations for Kentucky Farm Bureau.

  • Industrial Foundation sets 2012 priorities

    The Marion County Industrial Foundation will be marketing a 100,000-square-foot building, trying to recruit a food processing company and encouraging a change to the oversight of local technical education during the coming year.

    These were three of the foundation's goals discussed during its annual retreat Friday afternoon in the Marion County Economic Development Office.

  • Hunger for education

    In the crowded lunchrooms of Marion County's schools, there's a quiet but telling sign that the economy is taking a toll on local families.

    Sixty percent of students are signed up for free or reduced lunches, a record high for the district.

    That number is even higher for two of the district's elementary schools, Glasscock and Lebanon Elementary, which both have a 75 percent free and reduced lunch population.

  • New tourism director is hired

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has hired a new executive director.

    Nicky Reynolds of Oak Ridge, Tenn., has accepted the position, and the commission voted Monday evening to approve hiring Reynolds.

    The commissioners who were there voted unanimously in favor of the hire. Commissioner Dennis George had to leave the meeting prior to the vote due to another appointment.

  • Board sets final deadline for demolition of Spragens' property

    After missing two deadlines to demolish his property located at 322 S. Proctor Knott Avenue in Lebanon, Frank Spragens has a final deadline of Jan. 25 to have the demolition complete. If not, the City of Lebanon will do it for him.