Local News

  • Library board presents 2015-16 tax rate, hopes to expand in 3-5 years

    The Marion County Library Board of Trustees approved increasing its property tax rate from 5.2 cents to 5.4 cents per $100 of real property.
    Library Director Amy Morgeson presented the report to the Marion County Fiscal Court at its Sept. 3 meeting.
    Morgeson explained that the library board has elected to take the 4 percent rate (which will produce 4 percent more revenue than the previous year, excluding new property) after two years of taking the compensating rate (which brings in revenue similar to the previous year).

  • Free violin and flute concert at Centre Square Sept. 12

    There will be a violin and flute concert at 7 p.m., Sept. 12, at Centre Square in Lebanon. Bruce and Lisa Wethey, who have played Carnegie Hall and La Scala Opera House, will play in Angelic Hall in Lebanon.

  • Berry Farming Center aims to grow communities

    Four years ago, Leah Bayens was sitting in Wendell Berry's living room talking to him and his daughter, Mary, about their vision for collegiate agricultural program.
    Bayens said Berry's writings about rural communities and sustainable farming practices have shaped many of her own views.
    "For me, Wendell Berry has been a really important figure in my life," Bayens said.

  • Lebanon man facing firearm, theft charges

    Marion L. Price, 38, of 119 College Street in Lebanon was indicted in three separate indictments in Marion Circuit Court recently for two counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition (firearm), theft by unlawful taking under $500, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and three counts first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Suspect in Danville triple murder seeks to suppress evidence

    By Todd Kleffman
    The Advocate-Messenger

    For nearly three weeks in the fall of 2013, Danville detectives struggled to make headway toward solving the triple murder at ABC Gold Games and More. Then a man from Michigan called and put police on the trail of Kenneth Allen Keith.
    Now Keith's attorneys are hoping to bring that man, Tracy Herald, to Boyle Circuit Court and ultimately keep his testimony from Keith's murder trail.

  • Cellmate: Rigdon bragged about murder, other crimes

    By Justin Story
    Bowling Green Daily News

    While jailed in Casey County, William “Bobby” Rigdon told another inmate that he shot Wendell Gleason Pyles three times and divulged other details about the crime, according to that inmate’s testimony Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Rigdon’s murder trial.
    Rigdon, 30, is on trial in Warren Circuit Court for the shooting death of Pyles, 50, of Columbia.

  • Affordable health screenings coming to Lebanon

    Residents living in and around Lebanon can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. St Augustine Catholic Church will host this community event on Sept. 22.
    Screenings can check for:
    • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
    • HDL and LDL cholesterol levels
    • Diabetes risk
    • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis

  • Cultural exchange

    Tibetan Buddhist monks are coming back to Marion County.
    Monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, will be making their second visit to Lebanon Nov. 8-14.
    Details of the monks visit are still being worked out, but they will be making a world peace sand mandala at the United Presbyterian Church in Lebanon from Nov. 9-14, according to Mary Batt.
    Batt is part of the committee working on the monks visit, and she will be hosting the monks in her home during their stay.

  • Limestone releasing limited edition Yellowstone bourbon

    Limestone Branch Distillery will be producing 6,000 bottles of a limited edition Yellowstone bourbon, and the spirit will launch at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Sept. 15-20.
    Earlier this year, the craft distillery announced its intention to revive the Yellowstone brand, which Limestone owners Steve and Paul Beam can trace back to one of their ancestors, J. Bernard Dant. Dant first produced Yellowstone in 1872.

  • Special-called Lebanon City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8

    There will be a property tax rate public hearing and a special-called meeting of the Lebanon City Council at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Lebanon City Hall.

    The agenda includes the following:

    - Property tax rate public hearing

    - City department reports

    - Counci approval of the mayor's appointment of John Turner to the Lebanon Water Works Board of Directors.

    - Council consideration of request from Lisa Nally-Martin for Working the Puzzle for Autism, Inc.