Local News

  • Modern Buffalo Soldiers share namesakes’ history

    Sunday afternoon at Centre Square, a bunch of bikers brought a bit of education about the Buffalo Soldiers.
    The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club were the featured speakers during the Black History Program sponsored by the Lebanon branch of the NAACP. This program was originally scheduled for Feb. 22, but was rescheduled for March 8 due to the weather.

  • Doing what is right

    Josh Ballard doesn’t take a day for granted, which explains how he’s been able to accomplish so much at such a young age.
    Ballard owns his own computer business, is the first lieutenant at the Loretto Fire Department, works as an EMT for Marion County EMS, is a Loretto City Commissioner and is the chairman of the annual St. Francis Picnic.
    And he’s only 25 years old.
    Ballard has a passion for helping people, and that’s why the Marion County Chamber of Commerce selected him as the 2014 “Outstanding Citizen”.

  • Recycling pays in more way than one

    Marion County started its recycling program in 2007, and since then, the county has saved 1,865 tons of waste from going to a landfill.
    In 2006, the county was sending 920.76 tons of garbage to the landfill every month. Last year, the county sent an average of 796.86 tons of trash to the landfill.
    "We're landfilling less waste all the time," Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator Keith Brock said.

  • County survives second round of snow

    State, county and city workers tackled their second big snow storm of the season last week.
    After hours of work, tons of salt and a little help from Mother Nature, the roads are once again drivable throughout the county.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty said that the snow that fell March 4-5 was wetter than the February storm. Daugherty added that he appreciated the effort that local and state crews put into cleaning up the roads.
    “They’re good employees,” Daugherty said.


    Second Chance Prom is March 21
    Did you miss your high school prom? Or, do you wish you could have a second chance at experiencing it again? If so, you’re in luck. A “Second Chance Prom” event is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at Centre Square in Lebanon. The prom is for adults only, and will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight. A prom king and queen will be crowned. Tickets are $40 per couple or $20 per person. The event is being hosted by Melissa and Doug Hoisington and proceeds will go to the Marion County High School Marching Knights.

  • City council meets this afternoon

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, at city hall.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Delegations

    • Minutes of the Feb. 9 meeting

    • Payment of bills

    • Reports

    • Old business

    • New business

    - Resolution to participate in Lincoln Trail Area Development District flood mitigation plan update

    • Other business that may come before the council

  • Tourist commission meets this afternoon

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet in regular session at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Delegations

    - Terry Williams, Lebanon Farmers Market

    • Minutes of the Feb. 9 meeting

    • Treasurer's report

    • Executive director's report

    • Old business:

    - Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series

  • Association for the Handicapped concert will be rescheduled

    The Marion County Association for the Handicapped planned to host a concert Friday, March 6, in Angelica Hall at Centre Square. That concert will not be held tonight.

    The event organizers are working on rescheduling the performance, which is also a fund-raiser for the association.

  • Snow plow involved in an accident Friday morning

     A Lebanon woman was transported to Spring View Hospital Friday morning as the result of an accident involving a snow plow and another vehicle.

    Patricia Mattingly, 69, was driving toward Lebanon on Highway 208 Friday morning. Near the intersection of Hwy. 208 and Lovers Lane her vehicle collided with a state vehicle with a snow plow near, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements. Jason Benningfield, 32, of Finley was driving the state vehicle.

  • Arrest made in drive-by shooting incident

    The Lebanon Police have made an arrest in relation to a drive-by shooting Feb. 25 on West Chandler Street.

    Marquis Jacorey Douglas, 22, was indicted for attempted murder and first-degree criminal mischief. He is being held at the Marion County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

    According to Lebanon Assistant Police Chief Greg Young, a caller reported hearing gunshots at 12:13 a.m., on West Chandler Street in Lebanon.

    When officers arrived they found a vehicle, belonging to Nathaniel Washington, had been shot four times, but he was not injured.