Local News

  • Locals raise stink over smell in Lebanon

    On the first night of summer, Jeremy Bowman of Lebanon wanted to go outside with his daughter and tend to their garden, but he said he couldn’t because the smell was so bad. He described it as sulfuric and that it was so potent it burned his eyes.
    “It smells like sewage or gas,” he said. “It’s just disgusting.”

  • A true patriot

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    William "Buster" Mattingly passed away at 90 years old on June 14, after a life of service to his country and his family.
    In 1944, just a few years after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring the armed forces to allow anyone to serve, regardless of race, Mattingly joined the Marine Corps and was sent to North Carolina,.

  • Former principal named MCPS director of exceptional child education

    Education has always been a passion for Shelley Badgett, and as the new director of exceptional child education for Marion County Public Schools, she has found her dream job.
    Originally from Canada, Badgett got her degree in elementary education and then moved to the United States in 2000. She then got her masters degree in special education from Campbellsville University. But she knew administration was in her future.

  • Flexibility is key for new city hall

    When the design team created the plans for the new city hall in Lebanon, they wanted the building to represent transparency, strength and stability. Beyond what the building represents, however, they wanted a place the community would be proud to call theirs.
    According to Lindsey Tudor, the director of marketing for Murphy+Graves+Trimble, PLLC (MGT), flexibility was the key cornerstone when creating the designs for the new city hall. She stressed that the new facility will have a long future ahead of it.

  • Lebanon native wins bronze medal

    Double lung recipient Lisa Cissell, a Marion County native, won a bronze medal in racquetball for Team Kentucky 2016 at the Transplant Games of America. Team Kentucky 2016 included 17 transplant recipients and three living kidney donors competed at the Transplant Games of America.
    Her sister Cara Brahm also competed in the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America June 10-15 in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • E'town mall McDonald's extensively damaged by fire

    By Emma Kennedy
    Landmark News Service

    It was only seconds before the roof of Towne Mall's McDonald's collapsed that the last firefighter stumbled out of the building and collapsed to the ground.
    A blaze had started in the front entrance area of the N. Dixie Highway restaurant around 4:15 p.m. Thursday when two managers noticed flames in the mulch of a front entrance garden.

  • County gives $10,300 to Kentucky Classic Arts

    Kentucky Classic Arts brought more than 20,000 people to Centre Square last year, according to Robin Humphress, and she would like to see the facility used even more in the future. But, in order to do that, Kentucky Classic Arts will need more funding, Humphress told members of the Marion County Fiscal Court during the court’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, June 16.

  • 'Hope not dope'

    Since 2014, farmers and universities all across the state have been granted the ability to grow industrial hemp for a state pilot program.
    Madison Hemp and Flax 1806 LLC, owned by Mike Hickey of Marion County, is one of the participants this year.

  • Boxing with The Greatest

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    Many people have wondered and even dreamed of what it would have been like to box with Muhammad Ali.
    Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, was born in Louisville on Jan. 17, 1942. He was a world famous boxer, winning the World Heavyweight Championships twice in a row. He passed away on June 3, 2016 in Arizona.
    While the world is full of dreamers, Lebanon, Kentucky is home to a man who can actually tell you what it was like to spar with The Greatest.

  • U of L President James Ramsey stepping down

    By Tom Loftus and Morgan Watkins
    The Courier-Journal

    Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday that University of Louisville President James Ramsey is stepping down and that he is reorganizing the Board of Trustees.
    Bevin said he is appointing an interim board that will serve for the next two weeks.
    Bevin said it has been evident that changes in the oversight at U of L has been needed for some time. He said his intent is to "give a fresh start" to the university.