Today's News

  • Board approves increased tax rate

    The Marion County Board of Education voted to increase its property tax rate from 53.8 cents per $100 valuation to 55 cents. The board unanimously approved the rate change at its Aug. 27 meeting, which followed a public hearing on the proposed rate change.
    The 55 cents per $100 rate is considered the 4 percent rate by the state because it generates 4 percent more revenue than the previous year’s rate, excluding new property.

  • Chamber hires new executive director

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce has hired a new executive director, according to Interim Executive Director Lisa Kearnes. Greg Gribbins has accepted the position and will begin on Sept. 1. He replaces Stacy Mattingly who resigned to pursue a new position in sales.
    When Mattingly announced she was resigning, the chamber board elected a selection committee and started accepting resumes right away. Kearnes said they were pleased to have a candidate as experienced as Gribbins apply.

  • Biker gang murder trial underway in Warren County

    By Justin Story
    Bowling Green Daily News

    A man charged with murder in Casey County is being tried by a Warren County jury in a trial that started Monday.
    William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon, 30, of Lebanon, is accused of shooting Wendall Gleason Pyles, 50, on Sept. 26, 2012, at Tarter Gate Co. in Casey County, where Pyles worked.
    The case garnered considerable publicity in Casey County, leading to a change of venue for the jury trial.

  • Lebanon man acquitted of rape

    Howard K. Summers of Lebanon was indicted in March for first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Last week, Summers was acquitted on all charges.
    The accusations against Summers, 42, of 65 Parkside Drive stemmed from an allegation from Sept. 30, 2014. A Marion Circuit Court jury found Summers not guilty following a trial Aug. 27.

  • 16-year-old facing DUI, other charges likely
  • Labor Day closings

    All county offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. There will be no garbage pickup Monday. Instead, the county will be doing a double route on Tuesday.
    Lebanon City Hall will be also closed Monday. The regularly scheduled Lebanon City Council for Sept. 7 is also cancelled due to the holiday.
    The Marion County Public Library is closed on Monday, as well.

  • A message from Miss Kentucky

    A beauty queen visited St. Augustine Grade School last week, but her message was more than skin deep.
    Katie George, the reigning Miss Kentucky USA, stopped by the school to encourage the students to work hard, to persevere when things are tough and to be willing to try new things.
    In addition to being Miss Kentucky, George is a setter for the University of Louisville volleyball team, and last summer, she was a member of the U.S. Collegiate National Team. She is the daughter of Tim and Annie George and the granddaughter of Dr. Salem and Eva George of Lebanon.

  • Jailer concerned about synthetic marijuana

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady is worried about a new type of drug that has appeared in Marion County. It’s synthetic marijuana, and while it’s not legal in Kentucky, it has been sold over the counter in some other places.
    “It’s a growing issue for the metropolitan areas like Louisville and Lexington. We’re seeing the same stuff in Lebanon,” Brady said.

  • Community orchestra debuts

    The Kentucky Classic Orchestra and Centre Saxes had its premiere concert Sunday at Centre Square in Lebanon. The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Lisa McArthur of Campbellsville University.
    The 21-piece orchestra and four-member saxophone ensemble include musicians from Marion County and around the region.

  • Ride for Christ

    Woodlawn Baptist Church hosted its annual Motorcycle Ride for Jesus on Aug. 29. In addition to enjoying a day of fellowship and a shared love of motorcycles, the participants raised money for the Family Foundation of Kentucky and the Central Kentucky Crisis Pregnancy Center. The ride started and ended at the church.