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Today's News

  • NGL pipeline opponents continue the fight

    The Bluegrass Pipeline may have been put on hold, but thousands of Kentuckians remained concerned about the impact of fracking and the potential risks of transporting natural gas liquids through the state.
    Saturday, hundreds of Kentucky residents including Marion County citizens, member of the Loretto Community, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly and county judge-elect David Daugherty attended the workshop, "Pipelines, Fracking and Kentucky's Future Beyond Fossil Fuels."

  • A fireman’s fireman

    Ricky Mattingly has been a firefighter for 41 years. He’s been the Lebanon fire chief for 31 years.
    And as of last month, he is a hall of famer.
    On Oct. 23, Mattingly was inducted into the Dixie Firefighter Association Hall of Fame.
    "He's one of those kind of guys who would rather be pretty modest about it,” said Trey Abell, who is a member of the Lebanon Fire Department and a firefighter in Lexington. "He likes to think it’s not a big deal."

  • Mattingly resigns as school board attorney

    Joe Mattingly resigned as the attorney for the Marion County Board of Education last week after one of his employees was elected to the board.
    Kaelin Reed, who works at the Mattingly and Nally-Martin law firm, was elected as the District 2 board member during the Nov. 4 election. Reed previously resigned from his position as assistant county attorney on Oct. 31, noting in his resignation letter that he was prohibited from being the assistant county attorney as a school board candidate.

  • Mills pleased with victory

    The 2014 General Election — and (nearly) all the advertising that came with it — is now behind us. No one sounded more pleased that the campaign was over than Terry Mills, who won re-election as the 24th District state representative with 8,254 votes. His opponent, Alex LaRue of Hodgenville, received 6,860 votes.
    Mills thanked Marion County voters for their support.
    "I'm bruised and battered but still standing," he said.

  • Tourist commission to begin interviews for new director

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has not had an executive director since Sept. 16, when Carla Abbi (formerly Carla Wagner) resigned from that position.
    During Monday’s commission meeting, Chairman James Spragens said a subcommittee including himself, Nancy Shockency and David Winebrenner Jr. would be interviewing candidates this week.
    The final decision about the next executive director will rest with the full commission, however.

  • Air Force was how 'farm boy' saw the world

    When he looks back on his life and career, Paul Powell said he loved his time in the Air Force and the people he got to work with "from privates to two star generals."
    "I was an old farm boy from Meade County, and had the opportunity to see the world," he said.
    After graduating from Meade County High School, Powell, now 86, went to work for the L&N Railroad in Louisville. He had been doing administrative work when he decided to look for something different.

  • Maker’s Mark named Industry of the Year

    The Marion County Economic Development Office named Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc. the “Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet Friday in Lebanon.
    Maker’s Mark is currently underway with a two-part expansion construction project in Loretto. The distillery’s $70 million expansion will increase production capacity and add barrel rack houses, nearly doubling its capacity.

  • City’s Public Works Department named “Service Industry of the Year”

    The Marion County Economic Development Office named the City of Lebanon’s Public Works Department as this year’s “Service Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet Friday in Lebanon.
    During the award presentation, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said that most of the work that the city’s public works employees do on a daily basis is “often unseen and underappreciated.”

  • Christmas in the Park is Nov. 26

    Christmas in the Park will take place at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon Wednesday, Nov. 26.
    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 beautiful displays sponsored or donated by local merchants and individuals.

  • Blood drive is Nov. 29 at WMES

    The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help ensure sufficient blood supplies are available for patients this holiday season. Blood donations often decline during the holidays when donors get busy with travel and family gatherings, but the need for blood remains steady. Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
    Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative.