Local News

  • Debris sites will close July 7

    Storm debris collection sites in Loretto and Raywick will be closing Tuesday, July 7, according to Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly.

    Mattingly wrote that that sites were only allowed to remain open for six month under the permitting process under the EPA's Division of Water and Air Quality. By closing the site, they can be cleared in the next three to four weeks, Mattingly wrote. He added that it will take about that long to grind and haul the collected debris.

  • New laws go into effect

    New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2009 regular session went into effect on Thursday, June 25.

    That means home health agencies in Kentucky will soon be required to conduct criminal background checks on employees, sex offenders will be banned from Facebook, and flags purchased by state and local governments must be made in the U.S.A.

  • Lebanon City Council cuts spending by 7.5 percent

    Last week, the Lebanon City Council approved a budget for 2009-10 with almost $550,000 in spending cuts compared to the current fiscal year.

    "We cut down the fat last year. We cut down to the bone this year," Councilman Bill Pickerill told a group of citizens seeking funds last week. "Times are hard for everybody."

    The first reading was approved during a special-called meeting June 17 and the second reading was approved during a special-called meeting June 19.

  • Liberty man stabs Gravel Switch man

    Saturday the Kentucky State Police responded to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon to investigate a stab wound to Stacy L. Cope, 39, of Gravel Switch.   Trooper Brian Coyt arrived to find Cope with a laceration to his right front shoulder due to an altercation with Virgil R. Smothers, 67, of Liberty.   The incident reportedly occurred on Tatum Lane in Marion County. Smothers was arrested and charged with first-degree assault. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Coyt. 

  • New superintendent's first day is Wednesday, July 1

    Donald Smith's first official day as Marion County superintendent is Wednesday, July 1.

    While the first day of any job is critical, Smith said he feels confident and prepared because he has been working in the district since he was hired in late April.

    "The transition plan that Mr. Marcum put together was outstanding. I can't say enough about that," Smith said last week while he and his family set up his new office at the Marion County Board of Education.

  • Bedford man charged with one count of second-degree sodomy

    Charles Nunley II, 40, of 80 Feista Drive in Bedford was arrested last week and charged with three counts of second-degree sodomy.

    According to the criminal complaint, on three occasions during January, August and November of 2006, Nunley engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with someone younger than 14 years old.

    He has pled not guilty.  

    His bond was set at $5,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

  • Fires destroy homes in Bradfordsville, Lebanon

    A home in Bradfordsville and a home in Lebanon were both destroyed by fire last week.

    On Tuesday, June 16, the Bradfordsville Fire Department responded to a house fire at 205 Salleetown Road in Bradfordsville. The home, which belonged to James Tungate, was completely destroyed before firefighters arrived on scene, according to Brafordsville Assistant Fire Chief David Rakes.

    The cause of the fire hasn't been determined but the family is requesting that an arson investigator look into the blaze.

  • Ham Days wants to hear your story

    AH! It was the summer of 1969 and life was good! It was the end of a decade and the "Dawning of the Age of Aquarius."

    Some of you were just beginning your college life. Others were waiting to find out your draft number. Lebanon and indeed Marion County was the heart of rock and roll back in the day. No fewer than a half dozen clubs that were knockin' down the hits were packing in the crowds from as far away as Louisville and Richmond.

  • Senior Citizens Center seeking funds

    Last summer, the Lebanon Senior Citizen Center needed help from the City of Lebanon and the Marion County Fiscal Court to stay open.

    The city and the county gave $11,500 apiece for the 2008-09 fiscal year. Last week, Susan Mattingly and Frankie Powell (who work for the center) appeared before the city council again seeking additional funds.

    Mayor Gary Crenshaw said the city agreed to help last year.

    "I thought that would be a one-time situation," he said, later adding, "Now, I'm concerned we are back in the same situation."

  • City pushing to clean up Woodlawn property

    The Lebanon City Council wants unsightly properties to be cleaned up within city limits, and it's starting with 408 Woodlawn Avenue.

    John Thompson, the city building inspector and zoning official, said the city will file a summons against the property owner in Marion District Court.

    The city's goals is not to bring lawsuits, however.

    "The goal is to get the property cleaned up," Thompson said.

    The council briefly discussed 408 Woodlawn Avenue during both of its special called meetings last week (June 17 and 19).