Local News

  • Drug that was supposed to stem Ky.'s heroin epidemic creates a whole new problem

    By Mary Meehan
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Kentucky doctors have new restrictions for prescribing Suboxone after efforts to curb pill mills created a new cash-for-pills market and a street trade for the drug designed to safely wean addicts from heroin.
    "A lot of the pill mills morphed into facilities that dispense these prescriptions" for Suboxone, said Dr. John Langefeld, medical director of the state's department of Medicaid services.

  • Mock disaster drill a success

    Marion County emergency personnel and Spring View Hospital staff responded to a simulated meth lab explosion Wednesday, June 17, on Fairgrounds Road in Lebanon.
    According to Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson, the disaster exercise went very well.
    “There were three out-of-county evaluators that had nothing but praise for the responders of Lebanon and Marion County,” Johnson said.

  • Practicing for an outbreak

    Imagine tens of thousands of people attended events at the YUM Center in Louisville, including a Selena Gomez concert, and FFA convention and an AAU basketball event, all within a week of each other.
    Now imagine within days of those events, thousands of people starting coming to emergency rooms in Louisville and counties within driving distance with flu-like symptoms, only when they are tested, their results show they do not have the flu.
    Now imagine that public health officials determined that anthrax, not the flu, was the cause of the outbreak. What would you do?

  • Smith Ridge Beach at Green River re-opens

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Green River Lake announced June 26 that it plans to re-open the beach located at Smith Ridge Recreation Area.

  • Foster parent arrested when 3-year-old found on KY 49

    A Lebanon man is facing charges of second-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor after a 3-year-old foster child in his care was found walking KY 49 Sunday morning.
    At 9 a.m. June 21, the Kentucky State Police received a report of a toddler walking in the road on KY 49, south of Lebanon. The 3-year-old female was found without any injuries and was kept safely at a residence until state troopers arrived.

  • Lebanon man recovering after motorcycle accident

    Mellwood H. Robinson of Lebanon is listed in stable condition as of Monday afternoon at University Hospital in Louisville, where is recovering after a motorcycle accident that occurred Friday.

    Robinson, 74, of Lebanon was riding his a 1981 Honda motorcycle when he was involved in an accident at 7:06 p.m. June 19 in front of 690 Metts Drive in Lebanon. According to the Lebanon Police, Robinson told the police that someone ran him off the road.

  • Flash flood watch in effect from 11 a.m. through Saturday

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for several Kentucky counties, including Marion County, from 11 a.m. Friday, June 19, through late Saturday night, June 20.

    Rounds of storms are expected to bring heavy rainfall as Tropical Depression Bill passes through the area, according to the weather service. Flash flooding may occur in areas where the ground is saturated as "periods of torrential rainfall" occur, the weather service is reporting.

  • GES principal committee to conduct interviews Friday

    The Glasscock Elementary principal search committee is scheduled to meet in special-called session at 1 p.m. Friday, June 19, in the Glasscock Elementary Conference Room.

    The agenda will include the minutes of the previous meeting, a review of the committee's training and a closed session per KRS 61.810(1)(f) to conduct interviews for the principal vacancy.

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting 

    • Request for support for Central Kentucky Community Action

    • Second Reading of the LTDHD Blood Born Ordinance

    • Insurance settlement from the sheriff’s department.

  • A Year Down Under

    Anna Winebrenner had her whole world turned upside down during her sophomore year of high school. She spent 10 months in Australia.
    “I went through culture shock really badly … You wouldn’t think so,” she said.
    But when she arrived, she found the food was different. They drove on the other side of the road, and the town was bigger than she is accustomed to.
    “When you’re from Lebanon and everybody knows each other, it’s not really like that,” Anna said.