Today's News

  • Affordable health screenings coming to Lebanon

    Residents living in and around Lebanon can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. St Augustine Catholic Church will host this community event on Sept. 22.
    Screenings can check for:
    • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
    • HDL and LDL cholesterol levels
    • Diabetes risk
    • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis

  • Library board presents 2015-16 tax rate, hopes to expand in 3-5 years

    The Marion County Library Board of Trustees approved increasing its property tax rate from 5.2 cents to 5.4 cents per $100 of real property.
    Library Director Amy Morgeson presented the report to the Marion County Fiscal Court at its Sept. 3 meeting.
    Morgeson explained that the library board has elected to take the 4 percent rate (which will produce 4 percent more revenue than the previous year, excluding new property) after two years of taking the compensating rate (which brings in revenue similar to the previous year).

  • Limestone releasing limited edition Yellowstone bourbon

    Limestone Branch Distillery will be producing 6,000 bottles of a limited edition Yellowstone bourbon, and the spirit will launch at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Sept. 15-20.
    Earlier this year, the craft distillery announced its intention to revive the Yellowstone brand, which Limestone owners Steve and Paul Beam can trace back to one of their ancestors, J. Bernard Dant. Dant first produced Yellowstone in 1872.

  • Cultural exchange

    Tibetan Buddhist monks are coming back to Marion County.
    Monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, will be making their second visit to Lebanon Nov. 8-14.
    Details of the monks visit are still being worked out, but they will be making a world peace sand mandala at the United Presbyterian Church in Lebanon from Nov. 9-14, according to Mary Batt.
    Batt is part of the committee working on the monks visit, and she will be hosting the monks in her home during their stay.

  • Marion County moving closer to having E911

    It’s been decades since local officials started talking about enhanced 911, but Marion County may be within months of having the service, based on last week’s meeting of the 911 Advisory Committee.

  • Berry Farming Center aims to grow communities

    Four years ago, Leah Bayens was sitting in Wendell Berry's living room talking to him and his daughter, Mary, about their vision for collegiate agricultural program.
    Bayens said Berry's writings about rural communities and sustainable farming practices have shaped many of her own views.
    "For me, Wendell Berry has been a really important figure in my life," Bayens said.

  • LABOR DAY: Honoring the American worker

    Labor Day is Monday.
    For many of us, Labor Day is the symbolic end of summer.
    However, in terms of a “holiday,” Labor Day probably doesn’t mean much to you.
    But, it should.
    Labor Day is a public holiday held in honor of working people.
    “It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” the United States Department of Labor’s website states.

  • 68-year-old man dies in Tuesday morning accident
  • LABOR DAY: 50 years of hair

    Gloria Benningfield, 68, celebrated her 50th year in the hair business in June.
    She remembers seeing the first perm, the invention of the curling iron, the blow dryer and the flat iron.
    “I’ve seen some amazing changes,” Benningfield said sitting in her salon last week. “I’m now doing the hair of my customers’ grandchildren. It’s so rewarding.”

  • LABOR DAY: Factory worker to flight paramedic

    Greg Nugent, 51, never imagined he would be sitting where he is today - in the back of a helicopter working as a flight paramedic and helping save lives.
    He’s truly living his dream.
    But, just a few years ago, he had come to terms with the fact that he would probably work in a factory the rest of his life. It’s a reality that seemed destined to happen after dropping out of high school at age 16.