Today's News

  • Industrial tourney deadline is Dec. 20

    The Lebanon Elementary FRC will be hosting its annual Industrial Basketball Tournament at Lebanon Middle School during the weekend of Dec. 27-29.
    Interested teams must consist of workers who are employed at least 20 hours per week at their companies. Teams eligible to compete must be based in Marion, Nelson, Taylor, Green, Washington or Boyle counties or be entirely comprised of Marion County residents working at one other corporation (i.e. Ford).  For companies with less than 50 full-time workers, married spouses may also play.

  • Minister denied bond in hearing at Boyle County Circuit Court

    By Kendra Peek
    The Advocate-Messenger

    Kenneth Allen Keith appeared in court for a bond hearing on Monday, Dec. 2, but the request was denied, which means the man accused of killing three individuals will remain in jail for the duration of the trial.
    “That was sort of expected,” said Mark Stanziano, the attorney representing Keith.
    Stanziano said it was possible to appeal, but it was unlikely that they would, because it “detracts” from what is being done in Keith’s defense.

  • Hunters on the prowl to find some predators

    First off, we moved the December 4-H Fishing Club meeting from the 19 to Dec. 12.
    We’re going to be making an ornament for your tree, so you’ll want to be sure to attend!

    Seems the predator hunting bug bit Terry Davis. Now we’re still going duck hunting, but have accepted one hard fact: There just aren’t that many ducks around here. At least not enough to support a bad duckaholic!
    So what does one do in the absence of ducks? Seems the answer, in addition to rabbits, squirrels, quail, would be predators. Specifically coyotes!

  • Hearing rescheduled for alleged shooter of Deputy Anthony Rakes

    The man accused of murdering Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes has not yet decided if he will accept a plea agreement offer from the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
    Dewayne Shipp, 50, was originally scheduled to have a hearing Dec. 5 in Marion Circuit Court, but that hearing has been rescheduled for Dec. 13.
    The Commonwealth’s Attorney made the offer to Shipp on Nov. 21, according to court records, but the details of that offer are not yet available.

  • Teen dies in car wreck

    A 2013 graduate of Marion County High School died Friday following an accident on Danville Highway.
    Colin Whitfill, 19, of Lebanon was the passenger in a vehicle that overturned around noon Dec. 6 on US 68, approximately three miles east of Lebanon.
    Whitfill was transported to Spring View Hospital following the accident. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:33 p.m. by the Marion County coroner.

  • Wreaths to remember

    This Saturday, scores of volunteers will help place more than 1,000 wreaths on graves at Lebanon National Cemetery to honor deceased veterans.
    The Lebanon National Cemetery is just one of many locations that will be part of Wreaths Across America at noon Saturday, Dec. 14.
    “Just come out and help us honor our fallen heroes,” said Hayden Johnson, who is helping coordinate the local event.
    Johnson said volunteers placed between 700 and 800 wreaths last year, and he expects they will have more than 1,000 wreaths this year.

  • This is art, you blockhead!

    I walked into a sixth grade classroom last week and I counted at least four students who I had recently watched perform on stage at Angelic Hall.
    “Isn’t that something,” I thought. These children are starring in musicals and plays in their hometown. How cool is that?
    I’ll answer that question for you - it’s very cool.

  • Christmas greetings

    We find ourselves close to Christmas again, the time of year signifying an end and a beginning. An end to a year that culminates with this celebration of Christmas, and a look ahead to the new year full of promise and possibilities. 
    However, it feels like we just got up from the Thanksgiving table, with the holiday so much later in November this year. With this shorter time period between the two holidays, time is even more precious than usual, and fulfilling obligations to work, family, friends and community are more difficult, often causing more stress.

  • Hometown help for the island of Izu Oshima

    By Lee Ransdell

    Izu Oshima is an island that represents small town Japan. It is a community of nine thousand people living quieter lives than those in the nearby big city of Tokyo. There are no big department stores. There are no fast food restaurants. Instead, there are small family run restaurants and stores. These are places everyone goes to and runs into friends and family. Like the small towns that define Marion County, community is very important to the people of Izu Oshima.

  • A preview of the 2014 legislative session

    Toward the end of each fall, the General Assembly’s administrative staff takes a closer look at some of the issues it thinks could be debated during the upcoming legislative session, which in 2014 begins on Jan. 7 and runs through mid-April.
    While it is too soon to say how many of the nearly four dozen topics in this year’s publication will be on the House and Senate’s agenda, this early preview nonetheless serves as a handy reference for legislators and the public alike.