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Today's News

  • Study: Binge drinking on the rise in Ky., Ind.

    By Bailey Loosemore
    Courier-Journal

    It might not seem like a big deal. Having a few drinks with friends on a Friday night — it's just a way to relax.
    But as the hours pass and the drinks go down smoother, the night starts to hit iffy territory. It's no longer one of casual consumption, but a night befitting of an undesirable title: binge drinking.

  • HIV outbreak warning to rural Kentucky, officials say

    By Laura Ungar and Chris Kenning
    The Courier-Journal

    Many small towns in Appalachian Kentucky look a lot like Austin, Ind.; a picture of rural America with its shop-lined Main Street and stubble-filled cornfields — and the unlikely epicenter of the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana's history.
    While Kentucky communities have avoided an outbreak so far, the raw ingredients of Austin's tragedy are all there: poverty, doctor shortages and a scourge of pain-pill addiction that has led to rampant intravenous drug abuse.

  • Celebrating 200 years

    Last week, City of Lebanon employees hung several banners downtown to mark the city’s 200th anniversary. Johnathan Yocum slides one of more than 40 banners into place in 90-degree weather on May 6. The city is hosting a 200th anniversary celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, with games, activities and cake at Graham Memorial Park and a concert at 7:30 p.m. downtown.

  • Attorney general, newcomer seek governor’s seat

    Since January of 2008, Jack Conway has been serving as the Kentucky Attorney General, where he said he has been working to make Kentucky a safer place to live and work. He hopes to continue serving the state of Kentucky as its next governor. Conway’s opponent in the Democratic primary is Geoffrey “Geoff” Young of Lexington. Young said he has 36 years of experience working in the political arena, dealing with issues related to energy policy, economic development and protecting the environment. The two will face off in the May 19 primary.

  • Fire damages oven at TBMK

    Lebanon firefighters responded to a report of a fire inside the TBMK factory at 11:52 a.m. Wednesday.

    The factory was evacuated temporarily as the firefighters contained the situation, but no injuries were reported and employees were able to return the factory that afternoon, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.

    “It was in one of their ovens,” Mattingly said.

  • State of the fair

    The Marion County Fair Board is hoping to attract more events to the fairgrounds, and the Marion County Fiscal Court has agreed to help.
    On May 7, the magistrates unanimously approved $17,750 for the fair board.
    Betty Bradshaw presented the request at last week’s meeting
    “The Marion County Fair Board is in bad need of having some repairs done,” Bradshaw told the court.

  • Sheriff’s office investigating attempted break in at Gribbins Grocery

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted break-in at Gribbins Grocery in Gravel Switch. According to Sheriff Jimmy Clements, deputies responded to an alarm call at the grocery at 11:42 p.m. on May 11. Upon their arrival, they discovered that someone had attempted to break in by prying open a window. The perpetrators had fled the scene prior to the deputies arrival. Evidence at the scene was collected in hopes of identifying the persons involved. Deputy Sheriff Nick Gray investigated.
     

  • Two injured in accident Monday

    Two men were airlifted from the scene of a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon.

    Gary Deering, 62, and Quentin M. Taylor, 28, both of Lebanon, were flown out by helicopters after the vehicle they were in left the roadway and struck a rock-lined ditch during a heavy rainstorm, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Commission increases capital fund, approves 2015-16 budget

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is anticipating a $60,000 increase in revenue during the next fiscal year compared to the 2014-15 budget.
    The commission approved its 2015-16 budget during its May 11 meeting. That budget also was presented to the Lebanon City Council Monday evening for approval.
    The council voted to accept the budget at its meeting.
    LTCC Executive Director Nena Olivier said she has spoken with some council members about the budget prior to Monday’s meetings.

  • Dancing the night away

    The Marple-Caldwell VFW Post 5910 hosted a dinner and dance for consumers at Marion and Washington County Industries on May 7. Edna Seabrooks, the VFW quarter master, said the event was awesome. “I think I get more enjoyment out of it than they do,” she said. To help pay for similar events in the future, the VFW is hosting a trip to Horseshoe Casino on June 6. Anyone interested in attending should call 270-321-4054, 859-200-0929 or 270-692-1321.