Today's News

  • Special city council meeting at 7 tonight

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in special session at 7 tonight, June 20, with just two items on the agenda.

    The council will consider the second readings of the revised 2012-13 budget and the proposed 2013-14 budget.

  • New Kentucky laws go into effect next week

    From the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

    FRANKFORT - New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2013 regular session go into effect on June 25.
    That means laws against human trafficking will soon be strengthened. More DNA testing will be allowed as evidence in post-conviction felony cases. And school districts can start deciding whether they want to raise their compulsory attendance age to 18, though the 2015-16 school year would be the first year any changes could actually impact students.

  • Soapbox derby champion

    Lawson Elder wins All American Soapbox Derby Championship in Louisville at the annual local race. Now he heads to Akron, Ohio for the National Championship race held in July. Lawson is the son of Chad and Karen Elder of Loretto.

  • All Americans

    For many people around the world, the United States is still seen as the land of opportunity.
    “A lot of immigrants come to the United States because you see a big difference,” said Saul Magana, who was born in Mexico.
    Karla O’Daniel, who was born in Guatemala, agreed that the USA offers something different than her native country.
    “It has a little bit of everything, and that’s exciting,” she said.

  • MCHS completes second year of drug testing program

    Fourteen out of 439 students at Marion County High School failed drug tests during the 2012-13 school year, according to results released at the June 11 Marion County Board of Education meeting.

  • Tourism budget projected to exceed $590,000

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is anticipating it will have resources of more than $593,000 during the 2013-14 fiscal year.
    According to the proposed budget, which was approved June 10, the tourist commission is anticipating $290,000 in restaurant tax revenue and $40,000 from hotel taxes during the next fiscal year.
    The commission approved the budget, 5-0. Commissioners Joe Hickey and Nancy Higdon were not present for the June 10 meeting.

  • Linescores, June 19

    Little League Softball end of Season tournament
    June 7
    1st round

    Phillies   4  3  0  0  0   2  -  9
     Mets       2 0  1  0  0    0  -  3
    Kalei Cox’s two hits in the first  and second innings and two runs put this game out of reach for the Mets early. Emily Helms had two hits and two runs scored in those innings as well. For the Mets Jayla Cowherd had two hits and an RBI.

  • Turtleman keeps his focus on making people happy

    The Turtleman still has plenty of fans.
    When Ernie Brown Jr. dropped by the Marion County Heritage Center Thursday, fans including a family, a couple and a pair of missionaries took time to pose for pictures and get autographs from the Turtleman.
    The second season of Brown’s Animal Planet program, “Call of Wildman,” started June 2 with episodes featuring the Turtleman catching a llama on a Marion County farm, venomous snakes at a community pool in Danville, and a skunk.
    "We're filming every day," Brown said.

  • Between sessions, legislative work continues

    As you may know, the interim is in full swing with committees continuing to meet to study new issues and to review the progress of newly enacted laws. These committees are made up of both Senate and House members and are known as Interim Joint Committees. I chair the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. I serve on nine other committees and task forces that tackle issues ranging from to energy to education to health and welfare to economic development and tourism, among others.

  • Big Brother is listening

    By Sen. Rand Paul

    When Americans expressed outrage last week over the seizure and surveillance of Verizon's client data by the National Security Agency, President Obama responded: "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother... but when you actually look at the details, I think we've struck the right balance."