Local News

  • Kentucky’s Barktown Rescue represented in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl IX

    For the second consecutive year, two adorable puppies from Nelson County’s own Barktown Rescue will compete on “Team Ruff” and “Team Fluff” in the ever-popular, nationally-televised Puppy Bowl XII, Sunday, Feb. 7, beginning at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet.
    The nationally-televised Puppy Bowl showcases 84 adoptable animals from 44 shelters and rescues from across the United States and Puerto Rico, in an effort to bring awareness to the abundance of wonderful animals available for adoption each and every day.

  • Alive and grateful

    The fact that seventeen-year-old Austin Tungate only has a few cuts and bruises to show for his recent car wreck is nothing less than miraculous.
    The young man, who has only had his intermediate driver’s license for a month, said he thought he was going to die as he was trapped inside his flipped car, waist deep in frigid creek water, for eight hours on Jan. 10.

  • Winery closes but local wine makers still in business

    WhiteMoon Winery has closed its doors, but co-owners Alex Payne and Bert Polston aren’t leaving the wine making business.
    While they will no longer have a winery for tourists to visit, they will still be making wine, and they have plans to eventually sell their product not only throughout the United States, but also in Cuba and India.
    “We can do so much more with our product and not have to incur the expense of operating a retail presence,” Polston said.

  • Fire destroys home on Lake Avenue in Lebanon

    A Lebanon family lost everything during a house fire Monday morning.
    The fire was reported at 11:44 a.m. at 347 Lake Avenue in Lebanon, according to the Lebanon Police Department.
    The home, which belongs to Jackie Moore and Melissa Chesser Moore, was heavily damaged by the fire, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly. The cause was a faulty chimney on a wood stove located in the kitchen/utility room, he said. The fire started in the roof rafters in that room and spread, destroying the second floor of the home, Mattingly said.

  • Marion County EMS will no longer transport non-patient passengers

    During an emergency, decisions must be made quickly.
    And, in some situations, Marion County EMS employees have allowed a non-patient passenger, usually a family member, to ride in the front of the ambulance while their family member is treated in the back on their way to the hospital.
    That practice is going to stop, according to the Marion County Fiscal Court.

  • Nominations being sought for local awards

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will present its outstanding awards during the annual awards banquet on Jan. 28, and the Lebanon Main Street Committee will be presenting a Lebanon Main Street Appreciation Award.
    The award will be presented to a Lebanon Main Street business that shows pride in the appearance of the business and is a major contributor to the vitality of the downtown area.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events planned for Sunday, Jan. 17

    The local NAACP chapter is going to have a march in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17. The procession will begin at the Lebanon Post Office on Main Street and will proceed down Main Street, turning right on Proctor Knott Avenue, left on M.L. King Avenue, right on North Depot Street and will end at First Baptist Church located at 231 North Depot Street in Lebanon. Transportation will be available for those desiring to participate but unable to be a part of the “march.”

  • Lebanon man indicted for burglary, criminal mischief

    Charles Jeremy Webb, 30, of 313 Shelby Street in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court recently for first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree escape, possession of drug paraphernalia, defacing a firearm and possession of marijuana.

  • Keeping Kentucky’s old time music alive

    The Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff has received numerous accolades since its beginnings in 2005, and rightly so. But, that’s not what motivates the people who organize the event every year.
    “It’s about keeping one of Kentucky’s natural resources alive and well - and that’s bluegrass music,” Brad Lanham, president of the Kentucky Fellowship of Musicians, said.

  • Tibetan monks to visit Springfield Jan. 25-30

    Saint Catharine College will be hosting some very special guests later this month – seven Tibetan monks.
    According to Matt Branstetter, professor of religion at SCC, the monks, who will be there Jan. 25-30, are visiting the college to share their culture and raise funds to build a library and school in their monastery back home. He said the monks are from India and many have never seen Tibet.