Today's News

  • JROTC students pursuing CERT program

    In the event of another ice storm or a repeat of last year's flooding, it would be nice if the community had a group of citizens trained to assist with basic first aid and food distribution. According to Brian Bailey, a member of the Marion County High School JROTC, that is possible.

    Bailey spoke to the Marion County Board of Education during its May 10 meeting about creating a Community Emergency Response Team.

  • Board approves press box roof repairs

    A majority of the school board voted in favor of replacing the press box roof at the high school football field.

    Architect George Birk of RossTarrant Architects said the roof is in need of repairs and he recommended replacing it.

    MCHS Athletic Director Stacey Hall said football coaches stand on the roof to film and scout games. Under KHSAA guidelines, he said they are required to provide access to coaches at the highest point at the field.

  • Lund discusses tax incentives with city council

    If everything goes well, the Marion County Economic Development Office may be requesting $200,000 in tax incentives to bring approximately 600 jobs to Lebanon.

    On May 9, Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund spoke with the Lebanon City Council. Mayor Gary Crenshaw said he invited Lund to address the council since they will begin preparing the 2011-12 budget soon.

  • Nuisance property may be torn down

    Plans for the demolition of 322 S. Proctor Knott Avenue could be in the works.

    The property owner, Frank Spragens, has already paid more than $7,000 (on three separate properties) in fines for repeated violations of the city's nuisance property ordinance prior to the May 9 meeting of the Lebanon City Council.

    Lebanon City Building Inspector John Thompson told the council that he has received quotes between $9,000 and $25,000 to tear down the property.

  • Revised tourism budget approved

    The Lebanon City Council approved the revised 2010-11 budget for the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission on May 9. The revised budget includes $12,000 for the Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest, which will take place this weekend, May 20-21, in Lebanon.

    The commission, which also met May 9, received 2011-12 budget and planning recommendations from Executive Director Chris Hamilton. Under the budget recommendations, the commission is projected to receive $584,732 in revenue and to have $446,589.113 in expenses.

  • More than $10,000 raised for Japanese relief effort

    In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, the City of Lebanon, the Marion County Economic Development Office and the Marion County Fiscal Court created a relief fund to assist the victims of the natural disaster.

    Last week, the employees of TBMK presented a donation of $755.11 to the fund. As of last Friday, $10,165.11 has been collected for the relief effort.

  • Social Security switching to direct deposit

    Anyone who signs up for Social Security benefits after May 1 is required to sign up for electronic payments (direct deposit). Current Social Security recipients will be required to switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the All-Electronic Treasury Initiative in an effort to better serve the community. The goal is to eliminate paper checks and to have all Social Security and Supplemental Income payments delivered electronically.

  • Drug testing only to include students, for now

    There are still many unanswered questions regarding the implementation of student drug testing at Marion County High School, but the committee charged with developing a drug testing policy is working to resolve those issues before fall sports begin July 15.

    Last week, the Marion County Public Schools Drug Testing Implementation Committee met with school board attorney Joe Mattingly to discuss the legalities of student drug testing and the next steps that need to be taken.

  • Interviews for MCHS principal are Friday

    The Marion County school district recently hired a new superintendent and Marion County High School could soon hire a new principal.

    Monday evening, members of the MCHS site-based decision making council reviewed a total of eight applications and they plan to interview the top three candidates Friday. (Originally, 10 people applied for the job, but two withdrew.)

    Stacey Hall, Glenn Spalding and Greg Suhr are the finalists to become the next MCHS principal.

  • Another stop on the Bourbon Trail

    The newest name in Marion County's distillers is an old name in the whiskey business. Brothers Steve and Paul Beam hope to begin making their own whiskey, rum and bourbon before the end of the year.

    Steve Beam said their great-great-grandfather, JW. Dant, operated a distillery in Marion County 175 years ago. Both of their grandfathers were distillers as well.

    "We hope to continue the tradition of making fine hand-crafted small batch spirits," Steve Beam said.