Today's News

  • The Gingerbread Tree is closed

    The Gingerbread Tree closed July 6, but that closure is temporary, according to officials with Central Kentucky Community Action.

    Pam Smith, the director of Central Kentucky Community Action Head Start, said they hope to reopen the center within the next three weeks as the Central Kentucky Early Learning Academy. She said they are in the process of repainting the facility and hiring staff.

    "We are working very diligently," Smith said, later adding, "We're looking to open up as soon as we can."

  • Sky High

    After completing a flight Saturday afternoon, 9-year-old Josh Saddler of Troy, Ohio, pushed his plane, a Boomerang Sprint, back to a tent at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    "It was exciting," he said. "I was a little nervous."

    Saddler is already looking forward to coming back to Jets Over Kentucky, which is now the world's largest remote control jet show, as are most of the 156 pilots who attended this year's event from July 8-14 at the airport.

  • District hires new special education director

    Amber Ervin was recently hired as the new director of special education and preschool for the Marion County school district.

    Marion County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton made the official announcement at last week's school board meeting.

    "We are pleased to have found leadership from within the system to fill such an important role for our students' continued successes," Hamilton wrote on the school district's web site.

  • State champs!

    The girls 9- and 10-year-old Marion County All-Star team made history last week by becoming the first local All-Star softball team to win the state championship. A celebratory parade for the team will be held at 6 p.m., July 19. The parade will begin at Marion County High School and end at Lebanon Elementary School.

    Read more about the team’s win in this week’s sports section.

  • Commission reviews tourism tax collection

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission receives a monthly report showing which businesses have - and have not - turned in the restaurant taxes they have collected. The commission took a closer look at the tax collection process during its July 9 meeting.

    Lori Boone, the Lebanon tax administrator, spoke with the commissioners and answered questions about the tax collection process, with a focus on delinquent taxes.

  • Time, effort can go a long way toward getting fit

    It's no secret that Americans are getting bigger and not in a good way.

    Among Kentucky residents, 33 percent of children, 60 percent of women and 80 percent of men are considered overweight or obese, according to recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control.

    The good news is that Marion County has resources for anyone who wants to become healthier.

  • AG warns of utility bill scam

    Kentucky consumers are being warned about a new identity theft scam that involves utility bills, Attorney General Jack Conway has announced.

    In the scam, fraudsters claim President Barack Obama will pay their utility bill through a new federal program through the Federal Reserve. Conway said this program does not exist.

  • Parents' helping hands have to be accepted to work

    Being a parent is hard work.

    I've been a parent for almost six years, and in that time I've had many successes and some failures. I've done lots of things right and a few things wrong. (OK, maybe more than a few things wrong.) My point is, parenting is a work in progress.

    No one does it perfectly.

    And, unfortunately, no matter how great you are as a parent, your kids can still screw up.

  • Rooms to grow

    This past weekend was the most recent example that Lebanon can and does attract visitors.

    Last week, those visitors were the participants in the 2012 Jets Over Kentucky event, which has become the largest remote control jet showcase in the United States and possibly the world.

  • 11-and-under runner-up

    The Marion County 11 and under baseball team finished second in a tournament held June 30 and July 1 in Stanford. Front row, front left: Cameron Cox, Bailey Gardner, Bryce Spalding, Bryce Barnett, Jacob Goodin and Zachary Shewmaker. Middle row:  Kyle Thomas, Ty Walston, Austin Smith, Ashton Lanham and Conner Cornish. Back row:  Coaches Pat Thomas, Kevin Gardner, Mark Spalding and Chris Shewmaker.