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Today's News

  • BBB warns of strange phone calls

    The Better Business Bureau received phone calls from consumers across Kentucky and Southern Indiana all day Thursday, May 21, saying they were contacted overnight at 3, 4, and 5 a.m. in the morning. It is a robo call saying that their financial accounts have been compromised and to push 1 to continue.   Another scenario is a robo call saying the interest rate on your credit card is going up if you don't do something about it right now, press 1 to continue. When the consumer hits one, it asks for the consumer's account numbers.

  • Lebanon City Council, board of education holding special meetings Friday

    The Lebanon City Council and the Marion County Board of Education have each scheduled special-called meetings Friday, May 29.

    The city council will meet at noon at city hall regarding a contract with Beverly Mings to operate the pool concession stand under the pavilion at Graham Memorial Park.

  • Hamilton to lead Mercer County school district

    When interviewing for the Marion County superintendent position in March, Chuck Hamilton told community leaders and the board of education that he would be a superintendent somewhere, even if it weren't here.

    And he meant it.

    Last week, he was named the next superintendent of Mercer County schools.

    The Mercer County Board of Education made the announcement during a special-called meeting Thursday.

  • 'Click It or Ticket' campaign underway

    State and local law enforcement will be watching closely for drivers who are not wearing their seat belts during this year's "Click It or Ticket" Campaign.   The campaign started Monday and lasts until May 31.

    The Lebanon Police Department received a grant to participate in the program this year, according to Officer Brandon Blair.

    The Kentucky State Police reported that 274 people have died in traffic accidents on state highways as of May 14, and 127 of the people who died were not wearing seat belts. 

  • Rancho Poultry won't build in Lebanon

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced last July that Rancho Poultry would open a $43-million, 100,000-square-foot chicken processing plant in Lebanon.

    Last week, Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund said that's not going to happen after all.

    "It's the economy," Lund said.

  • Knights head into postseason

    The Marion County Knights finished off a hot week by running into a solid Mercer County High School team that featured a high velocity hurler.

    The Knights finish the season 14-10, which guarantees they will finish the season with a winning record.

    "This is great for those seniors. They've been part of some decent baseball teams and we like to see them go out like this," Knights Head Coach Chad Spalding said.

  • Living today for a better tomorrow

    The year was 1963. Young, charismatic John F. Kennedy was President, a group of shaggy-haired musicians called the Beatles were taking Britain by storm, and the Rolling Stones were trying to win over the hearts of teenage girls. The economy was booming; the cost of a first class postage stamp was four cents and a gallon of gas cost a whopping 30 cents a gallon!

    In 1963, with the average life expectancy of 69 years, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday.

  • Silver Lining

    Last summer, the announcement - by the governor, no less - that a $43-million chicken processing plant would bring hundreds of new jobs to Marion County was welcome news.

    And just as significant, it would have added some diversity to the county's industrial base.

    The prospect of a new plant opening in the foreseeable future was a reason to remain hopeful, even while the economy continued to decline locally and nationally.

    We expect that many people, including ourselves, are disappointed by the recent announcement that Rancho Poultry will not be coming.

  • Child safety seat inspection May 27

    Free child safety seat inspections will take place next week in Lebanon. The inspections are sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, Marion County Health Department and Marion County EMS.

    The inspections will take place between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Marion County EMS Building, 436 W. Walnut Street in Lebanon.

    Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be educating people about the correct installation and usage of child safety seats. They will also check seats for damage and for seats that have been recalled.

  • Lancers lose to Thunder

    True to form, the Lebanon Lancers hit the road after a thrilling home victory last week only to lose a tight game against a team they previously beat. It seems home court advantage is extremely critical during league play for the Lancers.

    Luckily for the locals, the Lancers will be hosting the playoffs and the championship game at the Roby Dome.

    After defeating the Northern Kentucky Thunder 100-95 in overtime last week at the Roby Dome, the Lancers fell 89-87 to the Thunder this week on the road.