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Local News

  • Thanksgiving closings, garbage pickup and more

    There will be no garbage pick-up in Marion County on Thursday, Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day. The normal Thursday garbage route will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Friday garbage route will be picked up on Monday, Nov. 28. Please set our your garbage earlier than normal.
    Lebanon City Hall, Marion County Clerk’s office, PVA office, county judges office, Marion Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be closed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Those offices will re-open Monday, Nov. 28.

  • Spencer County educator hired to lead LMS

    Lebanon Middle School has a new principal.
    Tuesday evening, Nov. 14, the Lebanon Middle School SBDM Council selected Millie Blandford to become the LMS principal after Christina McRay resigned to become the principal at the Marion County Area Technology Center.
    Blandford has been working in the education field for going on 22 years now. She taught science for 17 years, and has served as an assistant principal for Spencer County Middle School since 2012.

  • Loretto man indicted for rape

    Charles Josh Blanford, 36, of 375 Rueben Smith Road in Loretto was indicted in Marion Circuit Court recently for first-degree rape, incest and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. According to the indictment, in October of 2015, Blanford committed rape and incest. His bond was set at $50,000, and was ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness.

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  • Attorney indicted for allegedly stealing from local client

    Landmark News Service

    An attorney was arrested Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, by Kentucky State Police and the FBI on an indictment that alleges he stole more than $200,000 from an area client following a civil settlement.
    Danny Perkins Butler, 70, who lives in Campbellsville, was indicted on two Class C felony counts and faces up to 10 years in prison, on each count, if found guilty.

  • Christmas in the Park is Nov. 23

    Christmas in the Park will take place at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon Wednesday, Nov. 23.
    The event will officially begin at 6:30 p.m., with free cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate. The lighting of the park will be at 7 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive on one of Lebanon's finest fire trucks at 7:15 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 displays sponsored or donated by local merchants and individuals.

  • Vigil for Deputy Rakes is Monday

    A candlelight vigil will be held at 6:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, on the front lawn of the David R. Hourigan Government Center to honor the memory of Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes.
    Deputy Rakes made the ultimate sacrifice for Marion County on Nov. 14, 2012.

  • ‘I’m alive’

    Growing up, G.I. Joe was Tabitha Tracey’s hero.
    She was a classic tomboy.
    She and her older brother enjoyed watching Rambo and having walnut wars at their grandparents’ house.
    She learned to shoot a gun at a very young age, and loved to hunt alongside the boys in her family.
    So, it’s really no surprise that she ended up enlisting in the Army.
    But, as a senior at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, joining the armed forces wasn’t on her radar.

  • Veteran, volunteer, survivor

    “Do the best you can with what you’ve got.”
    Simple but wise words from Gary Luce, 54, of Lebanon, whose life has been far from simple, but he’s made the best out of his circumstances.

  • Becoming leaders

    Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Crepps watched with a smile on his face as one of his cadets stood at attention and recited the JROTC creed. This is something all the students do every day. Regardless of whether or not they will one day be in the military, echoing through the hallways, you might hear the sound of cadets reciting the creed confidently just before class begins.
    Crepps is happy with his more than 100 students in the program, but would always welcome more.

  • ‘Kill or be killed’

    Lynn Farmer had no desire to go to war when he was just 18 years old. The conflict in Vietnam was on full display across televisions throughout the United States, the first to be shown to the public in such graphic detail. The number of protesters throughout the United States grew rapidly. Men burned their draft cards to show the world that they wouldn’t be part of the killing.