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Today's News

  • Saving lives in Marion County with one simple step

    More lives could be saved in Marion County with one simple step, according to Josh Ballard, who spoke to the Lebanon City Council at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

  • Tax break: Council members vote to keep tax rate the same

    The Lebanon City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to not increase tax rates on real and personal property for 2014. Council members all agreed that the city was doing well, financially, and that this would be a good time to give citizens a break.
    “To be in as good of shape as we are... it doesn't make a lot of sense,” Councilman Jay Grundy said. “I don't see it necessary right now.”
    The tax rate for real and personal property will remain the same at 19.8 cents per $100 valuation.

  • Truck parts manufacturer to expand Marion County operation

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear announced Tuesday, Sept. 9, that Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems will expand its operations in Marion County.
    Hendrickson, which manufactures suspension systems and components for heavy-duty vehicles, will create 60 jobs and invest $12 million into the project.

  • Special-called Lebanon City Council meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 10

    A special meeting of the Lebanon City Council will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Lebanon City Hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is as follows:

    • Council approval of the second reading of Ordinance No. 2014-10, an ordinance fixing the tax rate and levying an ad valorem tax for city purposes for the Fiscal Year of 2014-2015 and Providing How the Funds so Raised Shall be Expended

  • Spalding gets 15 years for manslaughter, assault, DUI

    A Lebanon man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, DUI first offense and four counts of promoting contraband.
    Joseph M. Spalding, 29, of 516 Valley View Apartments in Lebanon pled guilty to all the counts against him. Judge Allan Bertram handed down the sentence Sept. 4 in Marion Circuit Court.
    Spalding caused a collision Aug. 11, 2013, that killed William J. “Billy Joe” Cecil, 40, of Finley and injured Cecil’s 14-year-old son, Jonathan Blade Cecil.

  • Tourism director resigns

    For the third time in four years, Lebanon will be looking for a new tourism director.
    Carla Abbi has submitted her resignation as the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission. Her last day will be Sept. 16.
    In July, Abbi married Dr. Atam Abbi of Springfield. She said will be moving to Springfield and is stepping down to spend more time with her family.
    “In order to do this job correctly, I would have to give up more of my time,” Abbi said.

  • Commission prepares to search for new director

    Monday’s meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission was a time of good-byes.
    The commission opened its meeting by recognizing Carlotta Brussell, a long-time commission, who recently completed her final term. Later, they said good-bye to Executive Director Carla Abbi, whose final day on the job will be Sept. 16.
    “We did great things and I know you all are going to do great things,” Brussell said. “I have faith in you.”

  • Dollar General Store in Loretto is robbed

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the persons in these photos. The photos were taken from surveillance video at the Dollar General Store in Loretto on Sept. 3. The female subject entered the store office and stole more than $200 in cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 270-692-3051.
     

  • Road will be closed near Maker’s Mark beginning Sept. 22

    Nally and Haydon Surfacing is working on a new entrance road for Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto. In the process of upgrading the road, it will be necessary to close Maker’s Mark Road from Burkes Spring Road to Hickory Camp Road for approximately two weeks beginning Sept. 22 to allow for widening of the existing bridge, which is located adjacent to Makers Mark Distillery.

     

  • Court receives $400,000 for road surfacing

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will receive $400,000 in discretionary road funds from the state during the 2014-15 fiscal year.
    During their Sept. 4 meeting, the magistrates voted 4-0 to approve the agreement to receive the funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. (Magistrate John Arthur Elder III was not present at last week’s meeting.)
    The agreement lists the roads that are scheduled for repaving this year.
    They are:
    • 3.08 miles of Logan Road from US 68 to the Washington County line