Local News

  • Lebanon man indicted for attempted murder

    James C. Smith, 51, of 3450 Hwy 208 in Lebanon was indicted for criminal attempt to commit murder and fourth-degree assault in Marion Circuit Court recently.

    According to the indictment, on or about Dec. 10, 2011, Smith attempted to cause the death of another person. The indictment also reads that he intentionally or wantonly caused physical injury to another person.

    His bond was set at $10,000 cash with the condition that he have a GPS tracking device and no contact with the victim.

  • Sounds of the Season

    Vernon Cherrix of Louisville visited the Loretto Motherhouse Dec. 28 to perform a selection of Christmas music. The concert included pieces by Bach and Brahms as well as traditional carols.

  • Distinguished state of mind

    Paige Wilson first learned about the Distinguished Young Woman program when her family moved to Marion County, but she feels prepared to participate in the state program, which is a little more than a week away.

    "I've been practicing as often as I can, and my family, they're excited for me as well," Wilson said.

    The 2012 Kentucky Distinguished Young Woman will be held Jan. 13-14 at the Singletary Center for the Arts at the University of Kentucky.

  • Fiscal Court to meet Jan. 5

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.
    Here are the items on the agenda:
    - Minutes of Dec. 15 meeting
    - Clerk's redistricting assistance request with Lincoln Trail Area Development District  
    - Clerks' budget for 2012
    - Department reports
    - Preliminary radon abatement proposal for the David R. Hourigan Government Center
    - Payment of bills  
    - New  Business /  Old  Business:

  • Lebanon woman dies in single-vehicle accident

    Just three days into the new year, Marion County has experienced its first traffic fatality.
    Stephanie J. Shewmaker, 53, of 6158 Bradfordsville Highway in Lebanon died in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon.
    Shewmaker was driving a 1986 Ford pickup on the Bradfordsville-Gravel Switch Road (Hwy. 337) approximately three miles outside of Bradfordsville. The accident was reported at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday.
    "She hit some ice, crossed the roadway, hit two trees and overturned," Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Belcher said.

  • Fire damages house on Hwy. 289

    Firefighters from three departments responded to a fire at 4265 Hwy. 289 Wednesday evening.
    The initial report came in at 8:21 p.m. Dec. 28, and firefighters from Lebanon, Raywick and Bradfordsville remained on the scene for more than three hours.
    The damage to the house was extensive and possibly a total loss, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.
    “It'd be awful close,” he said.
    The fire started in the living room of the house, but the cause has not yet been determined, according to Mattingly.

  • Time changed for legislative breakfast Jan. 4

    The legislative lreakfast hosted by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce has been changed to begin at 7 a.m. Jan. 4. The breakfast will be held on the third floor of the Centre Square Convention Complex.

    State Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Representative Terry Mills recently received notice they will be due in Frankfort later that morning.

  • Take a hike

    The renovation of the Cecil B. Gorley Naturalist Trail isn't quite complete, but the trail is suitable for walking again.
    "It's a beautiful trail," said Wayne Keen, the interim executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.
    The 3.2-mile trail follows the outline of the Fagan Branch Reservoir, 370 Fagan Branch Road in Lebanon.

  • Young Dems pick Lebanon for 2012 convention

    The Democrats are coming!
    Specifically, the Kentucky Young Democrats are coming to Lebanon.
    The organization announced last week that Marion County will host its 2012 convention, which is scheduled for March 2-4.
    Joey George, president of the Marion County Young Democrats, said they found out about the opportunity to host the convention last month, and the entire local chapter worked on the bid packet.
    "It doesn't hurt that we have a good Democratic election turnout for each election cycle," he said.

  • 46 inmates set for early release from MAC, county jail

    When Gov. Steve Beshear signed HB 463 into law in March, he praised it as a bipartisan piece of legislation aimed at addressing a problem hurting Kentucky "financially and socially."
    The law has been hailed as a cost-saving measure at a time with the state government is hurting for revenue. State officials have estimated it will save the state $420 million over the next 10 years.