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Today's News

  • Singing nuns state their opposition to pipeline project

    In the center of an Aug. 8 open house about the Bluegrass Pipeline, a group of women started singing “Amazing Grace.” The women, all members of the Loretto Community, continued to sing until a representative of the companies, accompanied by an Elizabethtown police officer, asked them to stop.
    The Sisters of Loretto and their co-members carried signs encouraging people to say no to the pipeline during the open house at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

  • School tax could go up

    Thursday, Aug. 29, a public tax hearing will be held at the Marion County Board of Education office and it’s likely the board will approve a 4 percent increase to the current tax rate.
    Last year, former Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton recommended and the board voted to increase the real estate and personal property taxes by only 1.1 percent, while most other surrounding school boards voted to increase the rate by the maximum percentage, which is 4 percent. Hamilton said he was trying to be sensitive to local families in the community.

  • What MCPS teachers think of their schools

    Teachers in Marion County and across the state had the opportunity to make their opinions known on various school issues by completing to the TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky survey this past spring.
    Locally, 85 percent of the certified staff in Marion County filled out the anonymous online questionnaire, and the results have been eye opening for district administrators and Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser.

  • ‘What’s your house number?’

    At 11:37 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, my house was filled with smoke. More than likely, a melted gas line was already causing a blow-torch effect that burned through our basement floor, charred our first floor hallway and caused our cat, Moe, to perish from smoke inhalation.
    At 11:37 a.m., my friend, the newspaper publisher, called me to ask my house number.
    "475."
    "Your house is on fire."

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  • Sequestration cuts more like an ax than a scapel

    We may be a little more than halfway through 2013, but in Washington and state governments across the country, the focus is increasingly on federal actions taken in 2011.
    The issue can be summed up in one word: sequestration.

  • KSP investigating shooting Monday evening on ML King

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday evening, Aug. 12, on ML King Avenue in Lebanon.

    The Lebanon Police Department received a call from 337 ML King Apt. 6 at 8:15 p.m. Monday reporting that a male subject had been shot in the stomach. 

    According to the state police, Mark Mattingly, 45, of Lebanon was sitting on his porch at 337 ML King. An unknown male approached Mattingly and shot him several times before fleeing the area.

  • City council meets Monday

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at city hall.

    The agenda for tonight's meeting includes the following:

    - Delegations

    - Minutes of the July 8 meeting

    - Payment of bills

    - Reports

    - Old business

    - New business

    - Declare items surplus/scrap

    - Small wood waste memorandum

    - Sewer video camera lease with the City of Loretto

    - Other business

  • Finley man dies after ATV/truck collision

    William J. "Billy Joe" Cecil of Finley died Sunday evening, Aug. 11, following a two-vehicle collision at 7:09 p.m. Sunday on KY 208, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    Joseph M. Spalding, 28, of Lebanon was driving a 2002 Chevy pickup east on KY 208. Spaulding crossed the centerline and struck Cecil, 40, who was driving a 2012 Polaris Razor ATV, the state police reported. Cecil was pronounced dead following the collision.

  • N. Spalding house damaged by fire

    A house belonging to a local teacher and a former Enterprise and Springfield Sun reporter was damaged by a fire Friday.

    At 11:25 a.m., the Lebanon Fire Department was dispatched to 475 N. Spalding Avenue. When firefighters arrived on the scene, smoke was visible coming from the roof of the house.

    When the firefighters were able to open the front door, black smoke came out.

  • House fire damages Spencer Hamilton Road property

     A house fire early Wednesday morning damaged a home at 385 Spencer Hamilton Road.

    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call at 4:36 a.m. Aug. 7 reporting a lot of smoke in the area of the fire. The Loretto and Raywick Fire Departments were dispatched.

    By 4:38, the Lebanon Police Dispatch received a report of fire visible through the roof of the house. 

    Loretto Fire Chief Tommy Hamilton said the rear of the house received extensive fire damage, and the rest of the house received water and smoke damage.