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Today's News

  • 'Superstar'

    Ava Bright couldn’t wait to play with her younger brother, Eli, when her mother, Natalie Wheatley, was pregnant last year.
    “She said, ‘I just want to take him to my sandbox. I just want to take him to my sandbox,’” Wheatley said. “That’s all she talked about. I think she thought when he got here and was a newborn, he was gonna go straight to the sandbox.”

  • City attorney: Accounting inadequate, not criminal

    The City of Lebanon’s Public Works Department, which was named “Service Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet last year, has been under scrutiny recently after an allegation that members of the department were stealing money from the city.
    According to Lebanon City Attorney Kandice Engle-Gray, that allegation has proven to be false, but it has revealed a poorly executed policy and inadequate record keeping.

  • Glasscock principal has resigned

    Jennifer Brogle is stepping down as the principal at Glasscock Elementary School.

  • KSP looking for new leads in murder of Bardstown police officer

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Nearly two years have passed since the murder of Bardstown Police Department Officer Jason Ellis. Kentucky State Police hope a new video plea for information will provide fresh leads about the case.
    KSP Public Affairs Officer Trooper Jeff Gregory hopes Friday’s video release will encourage someone, who may have information about the case, to contact authorities.

  • City celebrating 200 years on May 30

    The City of Lebanon is 200 years old this year, and it’s hosting a party Saturday to celebrate.
    From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30, the city will be hosting a Party in the Park at Graham Memorial Park. Inflatables, face-painting, balloon and caricature artists, train rides in the park, and other children’s activities will be part of this event, and of course, food and birthday cake will be part of the celebration. The official “cake cutter” will be Jeremy Bagwell, 5, son of Stephen and Jessica Bagwell of Lebanon.

  • Distillery seeking incentives for Maker’s 46 attraction

    Another new attraction could be coming to Maker’s Mark Distillery.
    On Friday, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority gave its preliminary approval for a tax incentive related to a proposed visitors center dedicated to Maker’s 46.
    Gil Lawson, a spokesman for the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, said the distillery’s proposal is for a $4 million center, and it is seeking $1 million in tax incentives over 10 years.

  • Bevin, Conway win gubernatorial nominations

    Matt Bevin narrowly defeated James Comer to win the Republican gubernatorial primary, while Jack Conway cruised to a win in the Democratic race last week.
    In the May 19 Republican primary for governor, Bevin received 70,479 votes to Comer's 70,396 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Kentucky State Board of Elections. Hal Heiner was third with 57,948 votes, and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott was a distant fourth with 15,364 votes.

  • County approves first reading of $15 million budget

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of a proposed $15 million budget for 2015-16 Thursday.
    This is a decrease compared to the $15.89 million budget approved for 2014-15.
    The proposed budget includes $6.83 million in the general fund, which is up from $6.67 million in 2014-15, and $2.25 million in the county road fund, which is down from $3.4 million in 2014-15
    Daugherty said the $1.15 million decrease in the road fund is the result of the state’s decline in revenue from the gas tax.

  • Mayor requests new city hall, 3 percent raise for employees in budget address

    It took fewer than 15 minutes for Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw to give his annual budget address Thursday evening, May 21. However, it’s just the first step in getting his proposed $9.6 million budget approved, which includes several major requests and a three percent raise for all city employees.
    “Employee compensation is an important issue that always gets much debate in our budget review sessions,” Crenshaw said. “The figures you have before you incorporate a three percent raise.”

  • Marion County Music Fest

    The Marion County Music Fest will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 13, on Johnson Field behind Centre Square in Lebanon. The night of music will include Marion County musicians from past and present. Bring a blanket or chair for live music under the stars. For more information, go to www.mykct.com or call 270-402-2196. All proceeds will be used to promote future live music events in Marion County.