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Today's News

  • Black history event is Feb. 6

    This year’s black history event presented by the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council will feature Elizabeth Lawson of Lexington who portrays Charlotte Dupuy for Kentucky Chatauqua. Lawson began her research of Charlotte Dupuy while working at the Lexington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and has presented this story to many groups throughout the state.
    The event will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Lebanon United Presbyterian Church.

  • State and county crews continue to work on clearing roads

    Snow and ice crews are continuing to plow secondary routes in Marion County and in the region. Many roads are topped with compacted snow and ice, making it difficult for plows to “bite” down to pavement, according to Chris Jessie,  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Public Information Officer.
    With sunshine, warming temperatures and chemical treatments, these areas should begin to break up today and allow plowing to be more effective. Primary routes in these counties are in much better shape following a full day of sunshine on Sunday.

  • New and improved

    Marion County Public Schools have more than $50 million in unmet capital needs, and schools that are busting at the seams, so administrators and school staff are trying their best to use every inch of space they have available at their current facilities.
    Marion County High School recently renovated its library and created a 21st century learning lab, the NextGen Lab, in rooms that were being used for storage.

  • Winter storm expected for central Kentucky

    A strong winter storm is expected to hit central Kentucky late tonight, Jan. 21, through early Saturday morning, Jan. 23, according to the National Weather Service.
    Significant amounts of snow along with some ice accumulations are expected.
    In addition to snow and ice, gusty winds up to 30 to 35 miles per hour will create near whiteout conditions at times Friday and Friday night, along with the potential for blowing and drifting snow.
    The area at most risk for heavy snow accumulations will be across central Kentucky.

  • Alive and grateful

    The fact that seventeen-year-old Austin Tungate only has a few cuts and bruises to show for his recent car wreck is nothing less than miraculous.
    The young man, who has only had his intermediate driver’s license for a month, said he thought he was going to die as he was trapped inside his flipped car, waist deep in frigid creek water, for eight hours on Jan. 10.

  • 2016 Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kick Off postponed

    Due to the weather forecast of freezing rain, compounded by six to ten inches of snow, the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kick Off, scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23, has been postponed.

    The future date will be announced at a later date.

    Those with hotel stays should contact their hotel as soon as possible. Those that have booked their Friday and Saturday rooms through the Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission will be automatically canceled. Those who have booked tickets online through the LTCC website may call for a refund.

  • Fiscal court to meet today, Jan. 21

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be having its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m., today, Jan. 21, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    - Consider/approve non-patient rider policy for EMS.

    - Consider/approve sample letter on waste account delinquency.

    - Consider/approve second annual installment of fire department/rescue departments funds.

    - Discussion on E911 sign distribution.

    - Department reports.

    - Payment of bills.

  • Fire destroys home on Lake Avenue in Lebanon

    A Lebanon family lost everything during a house fire Monday morning.
    The fire was reported at 11:44 a.m. at 347 Lake Avenue in Lebanon, according to the Lebanon Police Department.
    The home, which belongs to Jackie Moore and Melissa Chesser Moore, was heavily damaged by the fire, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly. The cause was a faulty chimney on a wood stove located in the kitchen/utility room, he said. The fire started in the roof rafters in that room and spread, destroying the second floor of the home, Mattingly said.

  • Top talent

    Adria Whitfill said that winning a talent award at the 2016 Kentucky Distinguished Young Women Program was her ultimate goal, and she accomplished that and much more this past weekend at the competition in Lexington.
    After preliminary competitions, Whitfill advanced to the top 12 and competed in the finals where she won an overall talent award.
    Whitfill competed against 32 young women from across the state Jan. 15-16. Lindsey Carroll of Woodford County won the competition Saturday evening.

  • Love unites us

    For some people, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is just another day off from work or school.
    It’s become a routine holiday for so many of us.
    The three-day holiday weekend is a perk many people enjoy, but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has given us so much more than that. Community members were reminded of that fact during a special program organized by the local NAACP chapter Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church in Lebanon.