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Today's News

  • Tourist commission completes two interviews

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission met twice last week, on Oct. 4 and 5, to conduct interviews with candidates for the vacant executive director's position.

    Tourist Chairman Dan Lawson said the commission had narrowed 30 applicants down to six candidates they wanted to interview.

    Two of the candidates were interviewed last week via Internet video chat service, Lawson said.

  • County approves new magisterial district boundaries

    After months of a discussion and a bit of tweaking, the Marion County Fiscal Court has approved the new magisterial district boundaries.

    The magistrates voted 3-1 in favor of approving the second reading of the ordinance setting the boundaries during their Oct. 6 meeting. Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers voted against the ordinance, and Magistrate Larry Caldwell was not present at the meeting.

    Smothers said he would have preferred to leave the boundaries unchanged.

  • Rescued boy becomes area’s first Project Lifesaver bracelet recipient

    A project that rolled out in late March is finally reaching its intended audience.

    Project Lifesaver, which helps caregivers of Alzheimer's patients and autistic children, has been available for county residents for months. Randall Chesser, the 7-year-old autistic boy that went missing for nearly two days last month, is the first patient to benefit from the program.

    The program includes a bracelet that resembles a wristwatch. The bracelet transmits a signal that carries over a 1.25-mile radius.

  • Turtleman coming to television

    It's official. The Turtleman, Ernie Brown Jr., is coming to television.

    Brown's show, "Call of the Wildman," is scheduled to debut Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet. According to the announcement, this will be a 12-part, half-hour series.

    "Another southern animal rescuer? If you think you've seen them all, nobody compares to the bare-handed trappin' approach of Animal Planet's bluegrass hero 'Turtleman,'" the press announcement reads.

  • Loretto man dies in collision on bypass

    A Loretto man has died, and a Marion County High School soccer player is being treated at University Hospital in Louisville following a two-vehicle collision at 7:15 Sunday evening on the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway. The accident occurred between St. Rose Road and Springfield Highway.

    James Clayton Tharp, 70, of Loretto died at the scene. Michael Jared Wheatley, 17, was flown to University Hospital by Air Methods. He was listed in serious condition as of Tuesday morning, according to a spokesperson at U of L.

  • Father, son killed in accident on Springfield Highway

    A Lebanon man and his father were killed during a two-vehicle accident today, Oct. 6.

    The accident occurred on Springfield Highway at 12:54 p.m., approximately two miles north of Lebanon, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

    Monte Edelen, 54, of Lebanon was driving a 1998 Ford pickup truck southbound on HWY 55 when he attempted to make a U-turn, and pulled into the path of a 1993 Ford log truck, being driven by John Dowd, 67, of Owenton.

  • Double fatality accident occurs on Springfield Highway

    Kentucky State Police are currently investigating a double-fatality accident that occurred on Springfield Highway at approximately 1 p.m., Thursday.

    A log truck and a pick-up truck collided, and two occupants in the pick-up truck are deceased.

    Marion County EMS, Marion Coiunty Rescue Squad and the Lebanon Fire Department responded to the scene.

    More details will be reported as soon as they become available.

  • Turtleman coming to television

    It's official. The Turtleman, Ernie Brown Jr., is coming to television.

    Brown's show, "Call of the Wildman," is scheduled to debut Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet. According to the announcement, this will be a 12-part, half-hour series.

    "Another southern animal rescuer? If you think you've seen them all, nobody compares to the bare-handed trappin' approach of Animal Planet's bluegrass hero 'Turtleman,'" the press announcement reads.

  • Fiscal Court meets Oct. 6

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Here are the items on the agenda:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Annual allocation request from Marion County Youth Basketball Program

    - Second reading of Marion County reapportionment ordinance

  • Marion County soldiers are back from Iraq

    A groups of soldiers from Marion County have returned home after completing a tour of duty in Iraq.

    Sgt. James "Tim" Smothers, Cpt. Justin Roederer, Sgt. Anthony Clark, Sgt. Steven Glover and Spc. Robert "B.J." Thompson Jr. returned to Ft. Knox Sunday afternoon for a short welcome home ceremony. Afterwards, they were greeted by friends and family before returning to Marion County.

    A convoy of local law enforcement and emergency personnel escorted some of the soldiers from the county line to the Lebanon Police Department.