Local News

  • Eyesore a ‘disgrace’ for city

    Carolyn Green has been living on Radio Station Road in Lebanon for nearly 46 years.
    She loves her home.
    She loves living in Lebanon.
    But, she hates the eyesore that’s located near her property.
    The abandoned building, located at 405 Springfield Highway, used to be the site of a sewing factory and also an electronics business. But, it’s now vacant and being overtaken by vines, trees and wildlife. It’s tarnishing not only the neighborhood, but also the entrance into the city limits of Lebanon, Green said. 

  • Newly renovated home destroyed by fire

    A newly renovated house on South Harrison Street in Lebanon was only three days from completion before it was destroyed by fire on Thursday, June 30.
    Lebanon firefighters responded to the scene at 9:52 a.m. and found the structure located at 250 S. Harrison Street aflame.
    The house belonged to Bruce Higdon and Melissa Bradshaw of Lebanon. The two were partners renovating the property in order to resell it. According to Higdon, the house already had a contract on it and renovations were set to be finished in three days.

  • 12th annual Jets Over Kentucky begins July 10

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer intern

    The 12th annual Jets Over Kentucky is set to kick off on Sunday, July 10, at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.
    The "worlds grandest jet event" will draw between 180 and 210 pilots along with thousands of spectators, said Lewis Patton, the event organizer.
    "I've watched it grow from 28 pilots the first year to 192," he said.

  • Library joins the quilt trail

    The Marion County Public Library unveiled its barn quilt last week. The project has raised $3,250 for the library’s reading garden project, and there are still book spines available for purchase. Book spine sponsorships on the quilt range from $25 to $100. Contact the Friends of the Library if you're interested. Call Molly McMasters, 270-337-2205, or email her at mcplfriends@gmail.com.

  • Tourism commission puzzled over appointment

    Confusion dominated the discussion at the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission meeting on Monday, June 27, about the appointment of board members.
    June 30 was the last day on the commission for James Spragens and Lisa Williams. According to Spragens, he knew his two terms were ending, but he didn’t expect someone else to be appointed and approved at the Lebanon City Council’s June meeting.

  • Arrests made in Loretto burglary

    Thomas A. Little, 39, of Georgetown and Samantha L. Ward, 19, of Hodgenville were arrested on Tuesday, July 5, for stealing thousands of dollars worth of property from Nalley’s Exhaust and Brake in Loretto.
    The burglary occurred during the early morning hours on July 1.

  • Marion County No. 1 in GED achievement

    A few years ago, if you would have asked John Sparrow, the director of adult education, where Marion County ranked in GED attainment for Kentucky he wouldn’t have been able to tell you.
    “We didn’t have these sort of rankings back in the day,” Sparrow said.
    Once the state started providing the rankings by county, Sparrow said he was pleasantly surprised.
    For the month of June, Marion County ranked No. 1 for GED attainment, No. 2 for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) attainment, and No. 3 overall.

  • Arts camp begins July 11

    The Marion County Arts and Humanities Council’s week-long art camp will kick off on July 11.
    Each year, the council works with the camp educators to devise an interesting program for the students to experience.

  • Fourth of July closings

    Several local offices will be closed for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. The Marion County Clerk Office will be closed Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4, due to the state AVIS system shutdown and in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The Marion County Clerk Office is regularly open six days a week at 8:20 a.m., closing at 4:20 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 11:50 a.m. on Saturdays.
    The Marion County Circuit Court Clerk Office, Marion County PVA Office and the Marion County Judge/Executive’s Office will be closed Monday, July 4.

  • Local students find success in New Orleans

    Marion County was well-represented during the 20th Annual National Junior Beta Club Convention recently.
    Lebanon Middle School's Zachary Brady, the Kentucky State Junior Beta Secretary, was elected the 2016-17 National Junior Beta Secretary.
    Lebanon Middle School students Gabe Nelson, Nick Martin and Abigail Adams placed fourth in the national special talent contest.
    Lebanon Middle School students also qualified in many competitions with many talented entries. Belle Elder qualified in scrapbook and Grant Brown qualified in technology.