Today's News

  • ROCK star

    Paige Wilson had never heard of Junior Miss before she and her family moved from Gainesville, Fla., to Marion County three years ago, but she watched last year's competition and decided to participate herself this year.

    Saturday night at the Roby Dome, Wilson was named the 2012 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman.

    "I was in shock really," she said Sunday afternoon. "I didn't expect that at all."

  • County tax rates remain the same

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has decided to keep a few things the same, namely its tax rates.

    During its Aug. 4 meeting, the court voted unanimously to keep its 2011 tax rates the same as last year.

    The county's real estate tax rate will remain 8.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The tangible tax rate and the vehicle property tax rate will both stay at 10.9 cents per $100 valuation.

    In other county business:

  • Murder trial expected to start Aug. 22

    The Campbellsville woman accused of killing her husband, a Lebanon police officer, is scheduled to appear in court at least one more time before facing a jury.

    Tonya Ford was in court Tuesday, Aug. 2, for another hearing in the case that accuses her of shooting David M. Ford on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November.

    Tuesday's hearing before Taylor Circuit Judge Dan Kelly lasted five minutes.

  • Cinema at the Square set for Aug. 19

    The Marion County Public Library will mark the end of its summer reading program with a celebration at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Centre Square. Admission is free.

    The library will be hosting its annual Cinema at the Square event, and this year's feature film will be "Tangled". The movie will be projected onto an inflatable outdoor screen when it gets dark.

  • Kara Rigdon Reward Fund reaches $11,000

    The Kara Tingle Rigdon Reward Fund is up to $11,000.

    Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements said Thursday that his office would contribute $2,000 from asset forfeiture funds toward the reward.

    The county's donation comes a few weeks after the City of Lebanon contributed $5,000 from the Lebanon Police Department's asset forfeiture funds.

  • A day of family fun

    Les Rakes has visited Branson, Mo., and a few other places. Based on what he's seen, he thinks he can provide even better entertainment.

    And he intends to do it, right here in Lebanon.

    Rakes, 70, is planning an event he's calling The Wipeout for Saturday, Aug. 20, at Centre Square.

    "More or less, it's just a family event," Rakes said.

    No alcohol or tobacco will be allowed, but everyone is encouraged to have fun.

  • Tourism director resigns

    Lebanon will be looking for a new tourism executive director soon.

    On Monday, Chris Hamilton told the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission that his final day as Lebanon's tourism director will be Aug. 19. Hamilton has accepted an offer to become the executive director of the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Illinois.

    "I've had a great experience, and I got a great education here," Hamilton said. "But this is simply too huge. I can't pass up this opportunity."

  • Coupons... Cha Ching!

    As food prices continue to rise, many of us are pinching pennies and looking for ways to make our money go farther at the checkout counter. With wise purchasing practices and proper planning, you can prepare nutritious meals that your family will enjoy eating while saving money at the grocery store. Planning is the key.

  • You might be from Marion County if...

    "You might be from Marion County if..."

    I never imagined that simple phrase would spark so much interest, but it did last week when I started a group on Facebook called simply that, "You might be from Marion County if..." (Not to be confused with Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck if..." one-liners. Some might say those two phrases are one in the same, but I disagree... Somewhat.)

  • Prayer service tonight for missing Lebanon native

    There are still no valid leads regarding the whereabouts of Lebanon native Larry Lee, 32, who walked away from a Pendleton County personal-care home Aug. 4.

    Lee, who has an acquired brain injury, is a ward of the state as part of a severe brain injury program, according to his sister, Melissa Lee Knight of Lebanon. Lee is schizophrenic, bipolar, and diabetic, and he walked away from Falmouth Care Home in Pendleton County with no medication, money, I.D., food or water, as far as his family knows, Knight said.