Today's News

  • 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.

  • LABOR DAY: Making makeup her art

    Emily May is an artist.
    The human face is her canvas.
    She can transform one’s face in subtle or dramatic ways.
    And she’s making a career out of it.
    A career that is evolving, but it’s already taken her to places she never dreamed she would be, including doing makeup on celebrities for the 2014 CMA Awards and makeup for the 2015 Miss Hooters International Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • LABOR DAY: Teenage Tycoon

    Jordan Hourigan is not your typical teenager.
    He can’t legally drive yet, but he’s already the co-owner of two businesses.
    The 16-year-old junior at Marion County High School is the co-owner of J&J Inks, a graphic design, screen printing and embroidery business and J&J Productions Mobile DJ Service.
    When he’s not in school, you will most likely find him at work.
    According to his mother, Joni, from a very young age her son always wanted to own his own business.