Local News

  • Four plead guilty in Williamson murder

    By Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    All four suspects in the 2017 robbery and murder of Bardstown teenager Cameron Williamson pleaded guilty in Nelson Circuit Court on July 10 to charges for those crimes.
    The alleged shooter, Shelmontay Adams, who was 21 at the time of the killing on May 16, 2017, agreed to a plea in which he will get 25 years on a murder charge and 20 years on first-degree robbery, to run concurrently for a total of 25 years. He will not be considered for parole until he has served 20 years.

  • Lebanon woman accused of stealing thousands from church

    Beechfork Baptist Church in Gravel Switch is suing its former bookkeeper after she allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from the church over the past several years.
    According to the complaint, filed on July 6 in the Marion Circuit Clerk’s Office, Beechfork Baptist Church alleges that Connie Tungate of Lebanon wrote and cashed numerous checks made payable to herself (or family members) from December 2014 to April 5, 2018.
    Tungate was a member of the church, employed as its bookkeeper and served as the church treasurer from 2014-2018.

  • ‘Loving Vincent’ on screen Thursday at Centre Square

    This Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m., Kentucky Classic Arts at Centre Square will present "Loving Vincent" a film depicting the final days of legendary oil painter, Vincent van Gogh.
    Several artists involved with the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council will have their version of Vincent van Gogh’s works on display at Centre Square in conjunction with this film. There will also be a unique necklace designed by Jama Watts depicting “A Starry Night" on hand, and pottery by Davit Waltz.

  • Lebanon City Council approves funding for school resource officer

    The Lebanon City Council approved funding for an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) for Marion County Public Schools during its July 9 meeting.
    The new SRO will help serve the schools located in Lebanon, including Marion County High School, Marion County Knight Academy, Glasscock Elementary, Lebanon Elementary, the Marion County Area Technology Center and the Hugh C. Spalding Academy.

  • Trial delayed for Lebanon man accused of rape

    The jury trial for Emmett Lee Cowherd, 54, of Lebanon, who is accused of rape, burglary and assault, has been pushed back due to a delay in DNA evidence.
    Cowherd was arrested March 27 after being indicted in Marion Circuit Court for charges of first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and first-degree persistent felony offender.
    He has pled not guilty.

  • Final sentencing for Lebanon man who assaulted blind man

    A Lebanon man who was arrested for assaulting a blind man will serve additional jail time and have to pay restitution to victim.
    Darrell Craig, 62, of Lebanon was arrested on Feb. 14, and charged with fourth-degree assault after punching David Holliday in the face while he was walking down the sidewalk on West Main Street in Lebanon with his guide dog, Major.
    Holliday’s nose was broken, and he had to undergo surgery on Feb. 23.

  • Does Lebanon Police Department need a detective?

    Lebanon Police Officers do a little bit of everything, which is great for training, but can make things difficult when trying to solve local crimes.
    Lebanon Assistant Police Chief Greg Young said having a detective on staff that would focus his or her time completely on solving cases would be extremely effective, but it’s not realistic, financially.
    “We’re like any other police agency,” Young said. “I don’t think anybody has enough detectives. We would all love to have more.”

  • The Dream Bus

    Marion County Public Schools’ Dream Bus visited Rosenwald Village and Cleaver Court recently.

  • Raywick man indicted for trafficking meth

    Neville L. Thompson, 49, of 230 Frank Lee Road in Raywick was indicted for trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony offender. According to the indictment, on or about March 13, Thompson trafficked in meth and was over the age of 21 and stood convicted of at least two felonies after his 18th birthday. In a separate indictment, Thompson was indicted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $25,000.

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  • Jets Over Kentucky

    By Zack Peñalva
    Landmark News Service

    Air traffic at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport has been at an all-time high, but not in the way you might expect. The 14th annual Jets Over Kentucky event has seen massive growth from its modest beginnings.
    This year, more than 150 pilots set up camp at the airport. Some traveled from across the United States and others from around the world.