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Today's News

  • Fiscal court to meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 3

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Feb 3.

    Items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of previous meeting

    - Presentation of the Marion County Economic Development Office annual report

    - Resolution and Homeland Security grant application for the detention center

    - Consider boiler replacement at the courthouse - AOC proposed assistance offer

    - Considers use of funds allocated for the tech school and reimbursement of funds

    - Department reports

  • Fire destroys Hourigan Lane home

    Wednesday morning, Billy Hays started a fire in a wood stove in his house on Hourigan Lane like he does many mornings. He then went to the Hart Mart on Danville Highway, but while he was there, someone called to let him know a house was on fire on Hourigan Lane.

    Hays, 75, went home to 1420 Hourigan Lane and found that it was on fire.

    "I lost everything I got there," he said.

  • Police make arrest in Tuesday shooting

    The victim of the Tuesday, Feb. 1, shooting on High Street in Lebanon has been released from the hospital and the alleged shooter has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

    Pam Pittman, 60, was shot while sitting on the couch in her home located at 213 W. High Street in Lebanon. Pittman was released from the hospital Wednesday, Feb. 2, according to Lebanon Police Officer Daniel Forbis.

  • Tech center engineer position still on the table

    The Marion County Area Technology Center could soon have an engineer on staff.

    Last week, the Marion County Board of Education was very close to approving the hiring of a temporary engineer for the tech center at a cost of $75,000. But, some unanswered questions regarding where exactly the funding for the position would come from led to the majority of the board voting to table the decision until its Feb. 8 meeting.

  • Smith resigns as superintendent

    What a difference a month and three new school board members make.

    In less than a month's time, the Marion County Board of Education has reached an agreement with Superintendent Donald Smith for his resignation, hired an interim superintendent and has begun the process to hire a new superintendent.

  • Angelic Hall 'needs to be used more'

    During a recent meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, Commissioner Tom Lund said he was disappointed that Angelic Hall was not utilized during the holiday season.

    Lund had noticed many communities were having Christmas plays and concerts while Angelic Hall sat empty, he said in a telephone interview.

    "It's just too nice a facility to leave sitting there," Lund said.

  • NAACP to host meeting

     The Marion County branch of the NAACP will hold its monthly meeting Sunday, Feb. 6, at Centre Square in Lebanon. The executive board meeting will begin at 2 p.m. The public meeting will begin at 3 p.m.

    The topic for this meeting will be black and white community relations, and the subtopic will be the termination of Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith.

  • Chamber announces outstanding award winners

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner Jan. 27. 

    Here are this year's winners:

    Outstanding Chamber Member - MIKE FM

    Outstanding Business Person - Frank Southall

    Outstanding Farmer - J.W. Maupin and Mike Maupin

    Outstanding Industry Manager - Bill Samuels Jr.

    Outstanding Citizen - Jerry Reynolds

    Outstanding Educator - the late Tammy Newton

    Outstanding Healthcare Professional - Dr. Eric Bentley

  • Smithsonian music exhibit coming to Lebanon

    "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music" will be coming to Lebanon Sept. 21 through Nov. 3. This Smithsonian traveling exhibit was designed for rural audiences.

    Lebanon City Attorney Kandice Engle-Gray said the Centre Square Foundation Board brought the information to her, and they had a short time frame in which to turn in a grant application. The city learned Thursday that it will be one of six cities in Kentucky that will get to host the exhibit.

  • Money being raised for deceased farm worker

    On Jan. 12, Antonio Hernandez, 19, died as a result of a hunting accident in Casey County. Hernandez, a Mexican native, has worked on tobacco farms in Casey and Marion counties, and his co-workers are attempting to raise money to transport his body back to his family.

    Tim Benningfield said that approximately $6,700 was needed to transport Hernandez body.