Local News

  • Protestors picket in front of Marion County Attorney's office after recent animal abuse case

    A small group of protesters took to the sidewalk in front of Mattingly & Nally-Martin, PLLC on West Main Street in Lebanon Friday in response to Marion County Attorney Lisa Nally-Martin's handling of a recent animal abuse case in Taylor County.

    Nally-Martin was the special appointed prosecutor in the case. She reached an agreement with Lebanon attorney Jim Avritt, who was the attorney for Bobby and Rebecca Phillips, who were charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty. 

  • Rupa continues to fight defacement violation

    The City of Lebanon Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Board held a special-called meeting on Sept. 5 to approve the final decision to cite Deanna Rupa of Lebanon for defacement of private property in the form of murals on her rental home.

    “This meeting tonight was for you all to approve the minutes and to make sure you agreed with what was said at the meeting,” said Lebanon Building Inspector and Zoning Administrative Official John Thompson. “The second part of it was to make sure you all agreed to the orders.”

  • Community mourns two teens killed in tragic crash

    A once-vehicle accident killed two Marion County students and left four others injured after a collision early Sunday morning, Sept. 9, rocking the Marion County community.

  • “Sister Act” on stage starting this week

    “Sister Act” the musical will be on stage at Centre Square starting this Friday, Sept. 14.

    Directed by Robin Humphress, assisted by Jenny Kawa, musically directed by Aubrey Davis, and choreographed by Shannon Curry, this “divine musical comedy,” based upon the hit movie of Whoopi Goldberg fame, has a cast built of performers from multiple counties, including Marion, Taylor, Green, Nelson, Hardin and Fayette.

  • Magistrate indicted, charged with a Class D felony

    Magistrate John Arthur Elder III was indicted in Marion Circuit Court Thursday, Sept. 5.

    Elder, 53, of 311 North Spalding Avenue in Lebanon was officially charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property, a Class D felony.

  • Lebanon man’s body recovered at Green River Lake

    Divers with Campbellsville Fire-Rescue recovered the body of 64-year-old John Switser of Lebanon on Wednesday, Sept. 5. 

    Switser was the lone occupant in a boat that was spotted going in circles on Green River Lake without a driver at approximately 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal (CKNJ) in Campbellsville reports Switser was found by the Taylor County coroner around 6 p.m. on the same day. 

  • MCHS re-examines dress code

    It has been two years since the Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council reviewed the current dress code policy for students, and a recent open discussion at the high school has raised questions of whether or not the code is sexist.

  • Murder trial set for November

    A jury trial is set for Howard K. Summers, 45, of Lebanon who has been charged with murdering his wife in December of 2014.

    Summers trial is currently set for Nov. 26 with Marion Circuit Court Judge Samuel Todd Spalding presiding.

  • Hours of body camera videos and photographs to be reviewed in manslaughter case

    Staff report


    Rebecca P. Fisher, 44, of Lebanon, appeared at a court hearing in Marion Circuit Court on Sept. 5, and heard testimony from a police officer who responded to the scene the night she allegedly shot and killed her husband nearly three years ago.

  • Lebanon man indicted for sex abuse

    Richard Douglas, 37, of Warehouse Road in Lebanon was indicted for two counts of first-degree sexual abuse (two victims) and first-degree persistent felony offender in Marion Circuit Court on Sept. 6. According to the indictment, on or about May 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2016, Douglas subjected another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion and is over the age of 21 and stood convicted of at least two felonies after his 18th birthday. His bond was set at $100,000 cash.