Local News

  • Halloween in the Park

    Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon will be hosting Halloween in the Park from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday Oct. 31. There will be a hay ride, games and plenty of candy.
    The park is also gearing up for its Christmas in the Park festivities, which will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 27.
    The  park staff is currently looking for Christmas decoration donations or monetary donations. Many of their decorations were destroyed last year due to the weather. The staff asks that people not donate blow up decorations because they are easily destroyed.

  • Marching Knights headed to state semifinals

    The Marion County Marching Knights finished fifth in the Class AAAA East Quarterfinals Oct. 19 at Madison Southern High School.
    As a result, they earned a spot in the state semifinals on Oct. 26 at South Oldham High School in Crestwood. The Marching Knights are scheduled to perform at noon.
    They are one of 16 bands who will be competing in the semifinals. The top four bands will advance to the state finals that evening at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

  • Women’s work

    Mary Michael Townley and her sister, Pam Hutchins, have been cleaning up vehicles for as long as they can remember.
    “We used to wash cars at home when we were kids for everybody,” said Townley, 47.
    Hutchins, 44, agreed that it’s something they’ve done all their lives, going back to their youth in Raywick.
    Townley said she thinks they charged less than $5 back then.
    “They did that to make money and paid for their school clothes,” their mother, Phyllis Troutman, said.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline secures property in nine counties

    Kentucky Press News Service

    The two companies working together to build the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline through 13 Kentucky counties say they have signed easement agreements with landowners in nine counties.
    The proposed pipeline would run about 500 miles from the northeast down to the Gulf Coast. The pipeline would carry natural gas liquids often used in the manufacture of plastic products.

  • Advisory issued for dietary supplement linked to hepatitis, liver failure

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Department for Public Health is advising consumers and retailers concerning a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Advisory issued on Oct. 8. regarding acute hepatitis and liver failure linked to the reported use of a dietary supplement intended for weight loss or muscle building.

  • Farmers at risk if lawmakers can’t agree

    By Carla Jimenez
    Kentucky New Era

    With the federal government reopened and a debt ceiling crisis averted for now, Congress has turned its attention to another important task: passing a farm bill.

  • Kentucky food prices hit new highs, up 5.7 percent

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Food prices in Kentucky jumped almost 6 percent in the third quarter over the year before — an increase of $6.45 for basic grocery items — to the highest average in 40 years, according to Kentucky Farm Bureau's quarterly survey.
    The Farm Bureau tracks prices across the state on 40 staples and compares them over time. In September's survey, the total cost was $119.15, up 5.7 percent, to the highest average total in the survey's four-decade history.

  • U.S. Senate reaches deal to end government shutdown

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Just before the federal government declared default, the U.S. Senate announced Oct. 16 that it reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and get the federal government working again. The Senate and House must voted on the measure. Only then did a bill emerge that President Obama signed.

  • Keeping motors running

    More than 50 years ago, Bob Clark decided to quit.
    He was working at General Electric at the time, and he had just purchased a house in Louisville when the workers decided to go on strike.
    “I couldn’t handle that kind of stuff,” Clark said.
    Instead, he returned to Lebanon. He and his brother-in-law opened their own business, Lebanon Power and Apparatus, near Woodlawn Baptist.
    “It wasn’t easy, but it got us started,” Clark said. “It persisted and got a little better every year.”

  • More than just boo-boos and Band-Aids

    When Hollie Mattingly’s son, Levi Hardin, started school at Lebanon Elementary, she was terrified. He has diabetes, and the thought of not being able to personally monitor her son’s blood sugar levels throughout the day worried her tremendously.
    But, Mattingly was reassured that he would be in good hands under the care of school nurse Renee Schooling.