Local News

  • It’s Ham Days week, y’all!

    This week and weekend, the community, along with more than 40,000 visitors, will take part in the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival, hosted by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
    The event, which began in 1969, started with a mere six hams and a small number of volunteers. Today, Ham Days serves more than 4,000 pounds of country ham at its famous country ham breakfast and recruits more than 500 volunteers.

  • Senator: ‘I’m concerned about the safety of our residents’

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon is strongly urging community members who oppose the conversion of a natural gas pipeline that runs through Marion County into a natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline to write letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) demanding a full environmental impact study.

  • Nuisance ordinance a ‘touchy’ subject for county

    It’s been more than a year since several concerned citizens attended the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting and asked the court to consider drafting a nuisance ordinance that would address property eyesores and potential health hazards throughout the county.
    Aside from a few discussions, the court has done nothing to address the issue.

  • Spring View CEO resigns from tourism commission

    The Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission has had a rocky few months with controversies surrounding open meetings laws and the proposal of hiring an executive coach. Now, it’s losing one of its commissioners.
    In a letter to Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw, Tim Trottier, CEO of Spring View Hospital, announced that he was stepping down from the tourism commission, stating that his new obligation as chair of the Ohio Valley District of the Kentucky Hospital Association wouldn’t allow him enough time to work with tourism.

  • Portion of South Proctor Knott Avenue closed

    Until further notice, South Proctor Knott Avenue will be closed from Chandler Street to Highland Drive. Park Heights will only be accessible from the Highland Drive end of Proctor Knott Avenue due to roadwork where pavement will be removed. It could be the last part of October before the road is re-opened.
    The City of Lebanon requests that during the road closure motorists observe the posted speed limit in the residential areas surrounding the construction, and be observant of children who have to travel those streets to and from school.

  • Loretto man killed during one-vehicle fatality

    Joseph A. Hutchins, 56, of Loretto was killed during a one-vehicle accident on KY 527, approximately two miles north of St. Francis Monday evening.
    At 6:02 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office received a report of a one-vehicle collision on KY 527, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements.

  • Committee explores new options for arena

    After a shocking revelation last month that the new multipurpose facility could cost upwards of $25 million, the committee in charge of the project has decided to go a different route.
    The Multipurpose Facility Committee met again on Sept. 13 to discuss the new plans.

  • City and tourism bringing free Wi-Fi to Lebanon

    One way or another, the City of Lebanon will soon be getting free Wi-Fi, and the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission hopes to have theirs ready by Ham Days.
    There is still a lot of work to be done, according to Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Executive Director Nena Olivier, but the timing is now up to Time Warner.
    The commission hired Alex Peake of Peake Videography to help coordinate the effort, and he said that the speed of the Wi-Fi will depend on a person’s location.

  • No Halloween in the Park this year

    During its regular monthly meeting Sept. 12, the Lebanon City Council voted not to continue Halloween in the Park this year.
    According to Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady, when the Heartland Coalition first initiated the event, the intent was to eliminate door-to-door trick or treating.
    “Now it’s turned into you go to the park for Halloween in the Park, you get candy, then you leave there and go to Spalding Avenue and get candy again,” he said.

  • Celebrate Ham Days responsibly

    Local law enforcement officials encourage everyone to enjoy the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival this weekend, but do so responsibly or you could end up in jail.
    “People who are visibly under the influence or involved in any sort of altercation – they are going to go to jail,” Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady said. “That’s just the bottom line. We’re not going to tolerate it.”