Local News

  • Demolition of nuisance property has started

    The city has cited Frank Spragens for multiple violations of the nuisance property ordinance for his property located at 322 S. Proctor Knott Avenue. The city's property maintenance board had given Spragens a Dec. 2 deadline to demolish the property.

    If not, the city council has authorized hiring a contractor to tear down the house.

  • Microdistillery receives federal license

    Lebanon will have an operating distillery in the near future.

    Limestone Branch Distillery learned Thursday that it has been approved for a federal license, according to Steve Beam, co-owner of the microdistillery.

    "We'll be ready to operate just as soon as we get our equipment set up and our final approval from the state," he said.

    Beam said the final state approval is largely procedural since it was dependent on their receipt of a federal license.

  • 'Tough' months ahead for jail

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady repeated what has almost become a refrain during a special-called meeting Saturday morning.

    "We're going to have a tough couple of months at the Marion County Detention Center," he told the fiscal court and local state legislators at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the detention center, and hopefully look for ways to address funding issues.

  • Taking tobacco to market a longer trip

    Ham Spalding remembers when the tobacco price support program was put into place. He remembers selling tobacco in hand-tied bundles, in 100-pound bales and later 500-pound bales.

    But one thing had always been the same, as long as the 94-year-old St. Joe resident could recall.

    "Ever since I was a kid, you've been able to sell tobacco in Lebanon," Spalding said.

  • Overdosed

    First story in a two-part series looking at local prescription pill abuse


    For anyone who remembers the Cornbread Mafia, it may not be a surprise that Marion County is part of the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA. Marijuana is still around, but the biggest problem today is more likely to be found in a medicine cabinet. Prescription drugs, especially painkillers, have become the greatest concern for local law enforcement.

  • Fire destroys Raywick man's garage and shop

    A Raywick man's garage and shop burned to the ground last week, and an electrical heater may be to blame.

    The Lebanon Police Department received a report of a fire at 4790 Raywick Road at 1:31 p.m., on Thursday.

    According to Raywick Fire Chief Herman Riggs, Jeff Wilkerson discovered the fire, which began in the back of the building near a bathroom where the electrical heater was located.

  • Got snow? MCPS has a Plan B

    If and/or when Mother Nature bestows the white stuff upon us, Marion County Public Schools will have a "Plan B" in its back pocket that could help the district avoid missing so many days of school this year.

    Last year, MCPS missed 14 days for snow, which included five days before Christmas. Some of those "snow days" could have possibly been avoided with the district's new Plan B, according to Scott Spalding, the transportation and maintenance director for the district.

  • Commission selects new chairman; no decision on executive director

    Brad Lanham has been elected to serve as the chairman of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    Current Chairman Dan Lawson announced in November that he would be stepping down as chairman at the end of the calendar year. He said that he had too many commitments at this time, and needed to step back a bit.

    Lawson will continue to serve as a commissioner.

  • Young Democrats seeking to host convention

    Joey George and Trey Abell of the Marion County Young Democrats went before the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Monday to request a free use of Angelic Hall and an adjacent classroom. George and Abell said Lebanon is being considered as a host site for the 2012 Kentucky Young Democrats convention.

  • Commission discusses meeting times

    Commissioner Dennis George asked the commission to consider a change to its regular meeting times during Monday's meeting.

    He pointed out that in correspondence between the mayor and the commission, he had asked them to consider when they schedule their meetings.

    George said most city committees and commissions meet at a time when the public is able to attend. He questioned if 3:30 p.m. on Mondays was a convenient time for most citizens.