Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    • Revival continues at New Birth Mission Church in Loretto through April 15 at 7 nightly. Several local ministers will be speaking.

    • A revival will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 350 East Main St., Lebanon, April 18-22 and 7 p.m. Evangelist is Bro. Jeff Fugate of Claysmill Road Baptist Church, Lexington. There will be special music each night. Bro. Clellan Hays is pastor. For a van ride call, (270) 699-9341 or (270) 692-4998. Nursery is provided.

  • Kentucky Writers Day is this weekend

    Authors, musicians, playwrights, poets and songwriters will stop by central Kentucky this weekend for the 2011 Kentucky Writers Day.

    The writing celebration is hosted each year by Historic Penn's Store in honor of Robert Penn Warren (who was born April 24). Penn's Store is located south of Gravel Switch off of Hwy. 243.

    The weekend's activities kick-off at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Off Broadway Cafe, 158 N. Third Street in Danville.

  • County approves funding for youth sports programs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved funding for the Marion County Middle School baseball team and for the local 4-H shooting sports program.

    The court approved these requests during its April 7 meeting.

    Jessica Bagwell, the coordinator for the 4-H Sure Shots, and members of the team made their request to the magistrates. The court agreed to provide $2,500 from the general fund.

  • Council tables tourism decision

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has received a temporary reprieve.

    Monday evening, the Lebanon City Council tabled the first reading of an amendment to the city's tourism ordinance that would have eliminated the restaurant tax that provides the bulk of the commission's revenue stream.

    Instead, the council voted 5-1 to allow the commission to develop a plan for changes within 90 days of receiving input from community organizations. Councilman Jerry Abell cast the dissenting vote.

  • A dog’s life

    Stem-cell treatments have been a hotly debated topic for several years, but as of last week, those treatments are now an option for Marion County patients.

    Assuming, of course, those patients are animals.

    On April 5, Dr. Sabra St. Germain of All Paws Veterinary Services in Lebanon performed a stem-cell treatment on a rottweiler with hip and joint problems. The dog and its owner prefer to remain anonymous at this time.

  • Loretto awarded half-million dollar grant

    The City of Loretto has been approved for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.

    The grant request is for improvements to the Loretto Senior Center. The plan calls for improvements to the center including a small library, a wellness/fitness area, a learning center, a visiting physician exam area, a kitchen, a craft area, a recreational area and a storm shelter.

    To receive the grant, the city has to advertise for bids within four months and award the contract within five months to receive the state grant.

  • Two Democrats are seeking Secretary of State's office

    When Trey Grayson accepted a position as director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Democrat Elaine Walker to fill the remainder of Grayson's term as Kentucky Secretary of State.

    Walker is seeking the Democratic nomination in hopes of retaining the position, but first she faces a challenge from another Democrat, Allison Lundergren Grimes, in the May 17 primary election.

  • Several downtown businesses affected by smoke

    Normally, Wilber Davis doesn't come into his business, Davis Repair, on Sundays, but on April 10, he decided to do some work on a lawnmower. While he was working, he noticed something that smelled funny.

    "It smelled like plastic burning," Davis said.

  • Commission approves amended budget

    When the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission met March 16, the commissioners wondered what kind of funding they would have going forward.

    As a result, the commission tabled a decision about an amended version of its 2010-11 budget. On Monday, the commission approved the amended budget, which includes $12,000 for the upcoming Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest, which is scheduled for May 20-21.

  • Well done

    For 15 years, the Marion County Cattlemen's Association has been cooking for the county. While their efforts started as a way to promote beef, it has expanded into a public service that benefits many events and organizations.

    The cattlemen have used their grill to raise money for events such as St. Baldrick's and Relay for Life and to help organizations ranging from Future Farmers of America to youth sports programs.