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Local News

  • Back to the drawing board

    A new Local Planning Committee has been formed, which is the first step in addressing school facilities in Marion County.

    The committee’s 20 positions were finalized Friday afternoon.

  • Protestors accuse Nally-Martin of mishandling 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.

  • Trial rescheduled 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 rescheduled and is currently set for Oct. 22.

    A pretrial conference is scheduled for Sept. 20.

    Cowherd was arrested March 27, 2018 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.

  • School board briefs

     The Marion County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Thursday evening. The following are news briefs from the meeting:

    Board approves working budget

    The school board approved the 2018-19 working budget after confirming that changes can be made to this budget after it’s approved. The 2018-19 working budget highlights include:

  • Audit shows Lebanon in ‘reasonably great’ financial position

     “In your opinion, is the city in a poor, fair, or reasonably great position?” Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw asked Rick Downs during his summary of the city’s 2016-17 audit at the Lebanon City Council meeting on Sept. 10.

    “I say reasonably great,” Downs said, stating he believes the city will able to handle unforeseen costs in the future, should they arise. 

  • Porter family celebrates 100th reunion

    Marion County is rich with tradition and families that have been around for generations.

    One such family, the Porters, recently celebrated their 100th family reunion on Sept. 2. Approximately 750 Porter family descendants attended, according to Rose Porter Graves.

  • Celebration at Centre Square Sept. 30

    Happy 100th Birthday, Centre Square!

    The community is invited to the centennial birthday celebration of Centre Square (237 N. Spalding Avenue, Lebanon, KY), former Lebanon High School, on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

  • 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.