Today's News

  • Johnny Boone pleads guilty

    John Robert “Johnny” Boone, the former leader of the Cornbread Mafia, pled guilty to a single count of a superseding information on Dec. 19.
    On Dec. 19, Boone admitted that on May 27, 2008, in Washington County, he conspired with other persons to possess more than 1,000 marijuana plants, intending to cultivate and grow the plants and distribute the marijuana when the plants were harvested. Boone also admitted to watering and fertilizing the plants, and concealing them on a farm in Washington County on Walker Lane near his residence.

  • Men involved in sex sting operation face grand jury

    By Kendra Peek
    The Advocate-Messenger

    A Boyle County grand jury indicted 11 men arrested through a sex sting operation on Dec. 14.
    Six of the men face at least one felony charge of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, a Class D felony.
    Dequan Brown, 23, of 269 Kelly Way in Lebanon; and Shawn Williams, 39, 114 Scott Street #D, Springfield, were each indicted on two counts of the charge.

  • New immunization requirements in 2018-19

    Landmark News Service

    School children attending public schools in Kentucky have new immunization requirements to meet beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Time is of the essence to meet the new expectation.
    Effective for the coming academic year, state law requires all students enrolling in public schools to have a Hepatitis A vaccine. It’s important for parents to know the required vaccine now is a two-part immunization series. The two shots must be administered six months apart. Previously, only one dose was required by the state.

  • Christmas crafts

    Children enjoy Christmas Art Camp last week at Centre Square in Lebanon courtesy of Kentucky Classic Arts. The camp was led by Rita Matney of Grapevine Cottage in Greensburg. Students learned the art of paper mache, wreath making and other crafts.

  • Funny Santa photos
  • ‘Our No. 1 priority is their safety’

    Violent school threats have become a nationwide epidemic, and that harsh reality hit home for Marion County Public Schools last week.
    Monday morning, Dec. 11, MCPS administrators were notified of a possible threat to Marion County Middle School. A student posted a photo on Instagram of himself holding a gun and he wrote underneath the photo, “Gonna shoot up the school.”

  • SCC property being sold to the highest bidder

    St. Catharine College is going on the auction block, though it may already have its highest bidder.
    According to documents filed in federal court last week, SCC’s receiver, L.S. Associates, LLC, was granted a request to approve sale procedures and bidding protections in connection with the sale of SCC’s remaining assets.
    L.S. Associates will be taking bids on the property, though it was already offered a sum of money by the Runchero Corporation, Inc., in Shelbyville.
    The proposed price? $4.7 million.

  • Christmas closings and track pickup

    Several offices and businesses will be closed for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.
    The Marion Circuit Clerk’s office will be closed Dec. 25-26, 12-29 and Jan. 1.
    The Marion County Clerk’s office will be closed Dec. 23, Dec. 25-26, Dec. 29-Jan. 2. On Jan. 2, the office will be closed to the public as the staff familiarizes itself with the new State KAVIS system for vehicle titling and registration.
    Lebanon City Hall will be closed Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.
    The Lebanon Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 23-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

  • Give blood now, help save lives by next month

    The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.
    Donations decline during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules cause regular donors to be less available to give and many blood drives may be canceled due to severe winter storms. Last year, nearly 64,000 fewer blood and platelet donations were given through the Red Cross during the seven weeks from Thanksgiving through the first week of January than the average during the rest of the year.

  • School board briefs

    The Marion County Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, Dec. 14. The following are news briefs from that meeting:

    Superintendent’s report
    • Each teacher that is participating in the Modeling with Math grant (grades fourth-eighth) received $500 worth of classroom materials/tools for their classroom.