Today's News

  • Lebanon woman attends Democratic National Convention

    A Lebanon woman had the chance to rub elbows with like-minded people last week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Amy Bland, president of the Marion County Young Democrats, punched her ticket to the DNC with one of the Kentucky delegates selected by Governor Steve Beshear.

    Bland attended the convention with good friend and Kentucky Young Democrat President Liz Fossett.

  • Lebanon man pleads guilty to sex abuse

    Michael Johnson Jr., 25, of 337 M.L. King Avenue #2 in Lebanon pled guilty to first-degree sex abuse of a victim under 12 years of age. This was amended from an original charge of first-degree rape.

    Twenty-eight counts of first-degree rape and four counts of first-degree sodomy were dismissed.

    His sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 8. As part of the plea agreement, the Commonwealth has recommended five years in prison, lifetime registration as a sex offender and sex offender treatment while he is incarcerated.

  • Car seating arrangements

    By Ken Begley

    There aren't many things that annoy me as much as when we travel in our van as a family. We have seven people in our family and the van holds exactly seven. It doesn't matter how close we are to where we're going, someone is always unhappy with the seating positions.
    Cindy and I are always up front.
    The rest of the seats are a free-for-all.

  • Overcoming the Odds: Long road to recovery

    Editor's note: This is the second story in a series of stories about local citizens who have overcome the odds and went on to thrive and do great things with their lives.

    March 5, 1994, started like any night for Angela Adkins and her best friend Kristi Stumph. They had been out cruising around, and they'd picked up two other teenagers, Richard Kemp and Angela Mattingly, in Raywick and were giving them a ride back to Lebanon.

  • Smithsonian's New Harmonies Exhibit to include a blues jam session

    The Smithsonian's traveling exhibit "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music" will be on display from Sept. 22 through Nov. 3 at the Centre Square Fine Arts Building in Lebanon, and a variety of activities will be held to coincide with the exhibit.

    One of those events will be a Blues Jam Session, starting at 3 p.m. Sept. 23

  • TG Kentucky discrimination suit dismissed


    An agreed order of dismissal was signed Aug. 29 by Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram. The dismissal reads that the claims asserted in the case have been settled and dismissed with prejudice, which means the case cannot be refiled.

    Michael Wright initially filed his complaint in Marion Circuit Court. The complaint was moved to U.S. District Court, but then moved back to Marion Circuit Court.

  • It's about to get busy

    Anyone who has spent any time in Marion County knows that the end of September is a busy time. I learned that the hard way when I moved here seven years ago - on the Friday of Ham Days weekend.
    But the 2012 festival may be unlike anything Lebanon has seen.
    Ham Days always brings a crowd on its own, but people will have even more reasons to visit than the ham breakfast, contests and the Pigasus Parade this year.

  • These are songs of the season

    By Joberta Wells

    As I get older I am more aware of the seasons and things that define them. Songs of the burgeoning fauna fascinate me, especially after a long hard winter.
    In late February or early March we begin to hear one of my favorite songs, the song of the spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer), otherwise known as frogs. They inhabit every pond, every ditch, and every low-lying marsh and they inhabit my heart with joy.  I love these little guys and their song.

  • Ultramarathon man

    Tom Denniss's journey of 18,000 miles started with a single step in Sydney, Australia, on New Year's Day. Last week, his route brought him through Marion County.

    Denniss is attempting to break a Guinness World Record for fastest run around the world (which is based on matching the distance around the Equator).

    "It just seemed like a great way to see the world and also a great way to raise money for charity," Denniss said.

  • Wise gets life in prison for husband's murder

    It took about a minute for her to hear the words that will keep her behind bars, possibly until her death.

    "I'm hereby sentencing you to a term of imprisonment for the rest of your life," said Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly.

    The courtroom was quiet.

    Kathleen Wise, 61, formerly of 4203 Bengal Road in Campbellsville, was sentenced to serve life in prison on Friday after a jury found her guilty last month. Jurors said she killed her husband with a morphine overdose.