Local News

  • Christmas in the Park is Saturday

    Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon will be all aglow Saturday, Nov. 29, when hundreds of holiday displays and lights will be turned on for the annual Christmas in the Park event. The event officially begins at 6:30 p.m. with free cookies and hot chocolate and the lighting will take place at 7 p.m. with Santa Claus making a special visit shortly after. The event will end at 8 p.m.

    The park staff invites you to come out and visit with Santa, enjoy refreshments and walk the track taking in all of the beautiful displays sponsored or donated by local merchants and individuals.

  • County discusses bypass traffic control

    Marion County citizens and county officials expressed concerns about the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway even before it opened four months ago.

    Those concerns have been expressed through petitions calling for traffic signals and in fiscal court discussions. In the meantime, both the Lebanon City Council and the Marion County Fiscal Court have expressed support for putting up streetlights on the highway.

  • Lebanon man sentenced to seven years in prison

    Edwin C. George Jr., 53, of Lot 15 Blossom Lane in Lebanon pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, his second or subsequent offense. He was sentenced to seven years in prison. He received credit for 87 days he's already served.

  • Transportation official scheduled to meet with fiscal court

     The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    According to the agenda, Steve Hall of the Elizabethtown office of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is scheduled to meet with the fiscal court to discuss traffic control considerations.

    The court is expected to have the second reading of its proposed revised road ordinance.

  • Parking ticket violators better pay up

    Anyone that has an unpaid parking ticket might want to consider paying up, and soon, or they will end up in court.

    The City of Lebanon currently has nearly $800 of unpaid parking tickets sitting on the books and Lebanon Police Chief Shelton Young met with Marion County Attorney Joe Mattingly to discuss the issue last week.

    According to Young, the city has recognized that there are an inadequate number of parking signs in certain locations, and the city plans to correct that soon. But, from this point forward, parking tickets are going to be enforced, he said.

  • MCHS getting back to normal

    After a week-long investigation at Marion County High School, rumors of a "shooting plot" are still, in fact, rumors, according to a media release from Marion County Public Schools.


  • Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival rings in the season Dec. 5-7

    There's no time better to spend a weekend in the true Heart of Kentucky than during the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival. Whether it's good food, fun festivals, unusual sights or great shopping for gifts made with tender, loving care, Springfield and Lebanon have it all.

    Enjoy parades, visits with Santa, neat activities, quaint shops and, most of all, hospitality that comes with a visit to these quaint rural communities Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7.

  • Whitehouse honored for his service to agriculture

    Tom Whitehouse changes gears of his truck as it climbs the steep hill on his property. As he does this, he insists that his visitor should see the view before he leaves.

    Once they reach the peak, he points out the Ball farm, where he farmed more than 40 years ago, the Loretto water tower and Scott's Ridge. Whitehouse, 74, knows being a farmer hasn't always been easy, but it's safe to say that he's enjoyed what he's seen on the farm that he and his wife, Theresa, have called home for 33 years.

  • Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Lebanon Middle School.

    According to the agenda, the board will recognize outstanding contributions to Lebanon Middle School, hear a chorus presentation and hear an ITEST presentation. The board will also hear a WLMS News broadcast and learn about academic progress at Lebanon Middle.

    The board will have a roundtable discussion with the Lebanon Middle Site-Based Decision-Making Council. 

  • Tough times ahead

    Got a job?

    If so, feel lucky because, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the nation's unemployment rate reached a 14-year high of 6.5 percent in October as 240,000 more jobs were cut. So far this year, 1.2 million jobs have disappeared.

    Kentucky's unemployment rate is even higher than the nation's, at 6.7 percent, and Marion County's is the highest it's been in three years at 6.9 percent.