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Today's News

  • Loretto man killed during one-vehicle fatality

    Joseph A. Hutchins, 56, of Loretto was killed during a one-vehicle accident on KY 527, approximately two miles north of St. Francis Monday evening.

  • No Halloween in the Park this year

    During its regular monthly meeting Sept. 12, the Lebanon City Council voted not to continue Halloween in the Park this year.
    According to Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady, when the Heartland Coalition first initiated the event, the intent was to eliminate door-to-door trick or treating.
    “Now it’s turned into you go to the park for Halloween in the Park, you get candy, then you leave there and go to Spalding Avenue and get candy again,” he said.

  • Celebrate Ham Days responsibly

    Local law enforcement officials encourage everyone to enjoy the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival this weekend, but do so responsibly or you could end up in jail.
    “People who are visibly under the influence or involved in any sort of altercation – they are going to go to jail,” Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady said. “That’s just the bottom line. We’re not going to tolerate it.”

  • Inmate dies at MCDC Monday morning

    A 34-year-old inmate was found dead in the shower at the Marion County Detention Center early Monday morning, Sept. 19.

  • The jailhouse lawyer

    Times were uncertain in Marion County during the days of The Cornbread Mafia. There were different sides to take. Mysteries were created and money grew as quickly as the pot plants it bought. But Joe Keith Bickett aims to inform the public on how things really were in his new book, The Origins of the Cornbread Mafia: A Memoir of Sorts.

  • Pieces of the puzzle

    The room is filled with bright colors from floor to ceiling. There are stations for children to play with blocks, entertain themselves at the computer or even jump onto beanbag chairs if they want. The ceiling is ablaze with streamers and hot air balloons made out of paper. For a child, it seems like a wonderland. For parents, it’s a place of safety and comfort.
    It has been a year since Lisa Nally-Martin announced the opening of the Working the Puzzle for Autism, Inc. Autism Center in Lebanon, and the outcome has exceeded her expectations.

  • Board approves lower tax rate

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously approved lowering the county’s property tax rate last week.
    But, don’t be confused.
    The recallable nickel will still be on the ballot in November.
    What the board did last week was set its tax rate for fiscal year 2016, which it must do annually. That rate will ultimately change after the election and the results of the recallable nickel vote on Nov. 8.

  • ‘Bad guys don’t stop at the county line’

    Law enforcement officials are trained to back each other up at a moment’s notice, and that sense of teamwork will take on a whole new meaning for Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements and his deputies now that they have joined the Bluegrass and Central Kentucky Unified Police Protection System (BACKUPPS).
    This program will allow deputies and police officers to cross into other jurisdictions in which the agreement is in place.

  • Blood donation

    Upcoming blood donation opportunities
    3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Sept. 28
    Lebanon Elementary School
    420 West Main St.
    Lebanon

  • The Great Outhouse Blowout is Sept. 17

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first "Great Outhouse Blowout" event ~ the dedication of Penn's Privy, which brought international attention to Penn's Store. All major television networks at the time, ABC, CBS, NBC highlighted the event and CNN broadcast segments worldwide. The late world renowned guitarist, Chet Atkins, and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Edd Wheeler headlined the dedication ceremonies.