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Today's News

  • Reed files for re-election, Mills announces he plans to file soon

    Former State Rep. Terry Mills announced on the morning of Dec. 27 on his Facebook page that he plans to file to run for state representative. Later that same day, current State Rep. Brandon Reed officially filed for re-election with the Kentucky Secretary of State.
    Mills served the 24th district for six and a half years before being defeated by Reed in the November 2016 General Election. The 24th district includes Marion, LaRue and Green counties.

  • Year In Review: Top stories of 2017

    Wow, what a year.
    While every year has its fair share of good and bad news, the year of 2017 reminded us of what it’s like to rip off a Band-Aid. It hurt like hell, but at least it was over with quickly.
    In all seriousness, the “good” outnumbers the “bad” in our picks for the top stories of 2017. We hope the same rings true for 2018.
    Happy New Year, y’all.
    The top stories of 2017, published in chronological order, are…

    MCPS extreme makeover

  • MCPS inclement weather plan - What to know

    Given the recent changes in weather, now is an excellent time to review Marion County Public School’s Inclement Weather Protocol, as well as Plan B Bus Routes and information related to Non-Traditional Instruction Days.  
    Complete information concerning inclement weather procedures, Plan B bus routes, and Non-Traditional Instruction Days can be found on the district’s website:  www.marion.kyschools.us.
    Below are some important highlights to help you be prepared for potential school closings.

    School cancellation

  • Lebanon man indicted for wanton endangerment, drugs

    Tevaughn J. Porter, 26, of 313 Shelby Street Apt 4 in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court on Dec. 21 for intimidating a witness in the legal process, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Kentucky Classic Arts announces upcoming auditions
  • Library project progress

    The Marion County Public Library received a state grant of $2.9 million to renovate and expand the existing location at 201 East Main Street in Lebanon. During the project, the library has been moved to a temporary location at 711 East Main Street, behind Kroger and to the left of the Dollar General Store. The estimated time of completion for the project is 12-18 months.

  • More Maker’s warehouses on the horizon, but where?

    The bourbon business is booming, and Maker’s Mark Distillery has plans to build 10 additional barrel warehouses in Marion County.
    Where those warehouses will be built, however, is currently unknown.
    Maker’s Mark CEO Rob Samuels spoke at a joint meeting between the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Lebanon City Council Thursday about the distillery’s future plans and, more specifically, about the county’s role in that growth.

  • Local woman hit, killed crossing road

    A Lebanon woman was hit and killed while crossing the road to get her mail on Wednesday evening.
    The accident occurred at 6:33 p.m. on Highway 426 (Miller Pike), approximately two miles west of Lebanon.
    Melissa A. Leedom, 33, of Raywick was driving a 2006 Chrysler van east when she hit a pedestrian, Sue Wilson, 86, of 1735 Miller Pike, who was attempting to cross the road.

  • 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.